COVID-19 Travel Information & Resources for visiting San Luis Obispo
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We are excited to share that we are open for business in alignment with the state of California! Please find details below related to masks, event guidelines and more. The City of San Luis Obispo considers the health and safety of our residents and visitors our highest priority, especially during these times.

State and Local Status of COVID-19

As of June 15, 2021, the California Department of Public Health has re-opened the state. Everyday life in SLO feels a lot like before COVID-19. Restaurants, shopping,  theaters, and most everyday places are open as normal with no capacity limits or social distancing required. 

Mask Guidelines

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings.
    • Note: This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.

Additionally, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information). 

Of course, anyone can wear a mask anytime they’d like, especially around children and others who are vulnerable or not yet eligible for vaccination. All Californians will continue to follow state masking guidelines as well as state and CDC travel guidelines. 

To view public health information for San Luis Obispo County, click here.

Health & Safety

Our commitment to the health of our visitors and community never wavers. Our lodging properties and local businesses are dedicated to following the Open & Safe guidelines. When visiting San Luis Obispo, you may notice that businesses are adding additional safety measures to protect their staff and their customers. We know these simple precautions help keep us all safe and healthy. Please be mindful and compliant with their specific safety guidelines. Examples may include:

  • Request the use of hand sanitizer
  • Limited number of guests or customers admitted
  • People in California must wear face coverings outside the home. For details on the California Public Health Official’s guidance, please click here.

And remember, please stay home if you are sick. We promise to still be here when you are healthy again.

If you have any questions or need assistance in planning your visit, please call us at 1-877-SLO-TOWN.

Shopping & Dining Options

Small businesses from restaurants to retail make up the heartbeat of San Luis Obispo, and your support matters! While you can now dine out at your favorite restaurants without restriction, you can still order takeout and delivery as well:

SLO Shopping       SLO take out map


Events are returning to San Luis Obispo! California does have specific guidelines around larger events or “mega events” that you should be aware of—think concerts, sporting events, festivals, and conventions with 5,000+ people. Mega events are high risk for spreading COVID-19 because they attract people from around the world, and people gather in crowds. Indoor mega event attendees will be required to confirm proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 status to attend. Outdoor mega event attendees will be strongly encouraged to do so.

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To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 across San Luis Obispo County, you can visit for current updates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

U.S. Travel Association:

California Department of Public Health:

San Luis Obispo County Health Agency:


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