COVID-19 Travel Information & Resources for visiting San Luis Obispo

The City of San Luis Obispo considers the health and safety of our residents and visitors our highest priority, especially during these times. San Luis Obispo is committed to providing our visitors with timely and accurate information as we navigate through the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We are working closely with local, state, and government agencies to provide the most up-to-date information.

State and Local Status of COVID-19

As of March 3, 2021, the California Department of Public Health moved San Luis Obispo County from the purple tier to the red tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Under the red tier, businesses such as restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, hotels, and more can reopen at varying capacities and with certain modifications.

Six additional counties also shifted from the purple to red tiers, signaling the state is slowly easing restrictions as Covid-19 cases per day per 100k, positivity rates, and ICU availability continue to be monitored.

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

Travelers from other states or countries entering into California for tourism and recreation are strongly discouraged, but those who do are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after arriving and follow mask wearing and social distancing guidelines.

For more information on the travel recommendations, click here.

What’s Open in San Luis Obispo?

  • Hotels & Lodging
  • Restaurants – 25% maximum capacity, or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Wineries – Outdoor service only
  • Retail – 50% maximum capacity
  • Hair Salons, Barbers, Nail Salons and other personal services
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – 10% maximum capacity
  • Museums – 25% maximum capacity
  • Movie Theaters – 25% maximum capacity, or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Drive-in movie theater
  • Hiking & biking trails
  • Nearby beaches

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 many 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 in most settings 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! Even during this time of reopening, you can use these resources below to shop online or order take-out if you are in SLO for quarantine or essential travel.

SLO Shopping

SLO take out map


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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