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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

Statewide guidelines as of March 1, 2022:

Everyone is required to wear masks in:

  • Public transit and in stations, terminals, and airports
  • Indoors in K-12 schools and childcare (through March 11)
  • Healthcare settings
  • Emergency shelters and cooling and heating centers
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters
  • Long-term care settings and adult and senior care facilities

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone in:

    • Indoor public settings (including K-12 schools and daycare beginning March 12)
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Theaters
    • Family entertainment centers
    • Meetings
    • State and local government offices that serve the public

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 are recommended to wear face masks within indoor public settings such as retail shops, restaurants, family entertainment centers, and theaters 

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.


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 1,000+ 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 may 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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