County, City, and State Services Impacted

Certain services in San Luis Obispo County are currently impacted by COVID-19.  This is not an exhaustive list.  Residents are encouraged to check the status of businesses and agencies they need to interact with. 

This information is current as of July 13, 2020

County Services

The County of San Luis Obispo is continuing to provide essential services to residents during the current Shelter at Home order. County offices are still open for buisness, but some public counters may be closed or have reduced hours. Residents are encouraged to access services and conduct business online or over the phone when possible. If not possible, residents may call ahead to a department to make an appointment. To protect the health of the community, residents and employees who exhibit signs of illness while visitng an office in person will be asked to leave. 

Public Transportation

For information on changes to public transportation, check with the Regional Transit Authority on thier website. 

SLORTA website 

Grocery Stores

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County Libraries

Seven branches of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries have reopened. Hours of operation will be 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday at the Atascadero, Cambria, Morro Bay, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Nipomo branches, with a one-hour window for vulnerable populations from 9am-10am.

Because there is a limited number of people that the library can safely admit into its facilities, we ask that patrons place holds at slolibrary.org, call in requests, or browse online collections in advance for the materials they wish to take home.  

All branches will be following State and County COVID-19 guidelines, and the following precautions will be taken:

  • Patrons will be asked to maintain physical distancing and to wear a face covering while visiting the library.
  • In-house magazines, newspapers, passport services, and Friends of the Library bookstores will not be available at this time as branches are providing only Grab-and-Go services.  
  • No seating will be available for leisure reading, and program rooms will remain closed until further notice.  
County and City Parks and Coastal Areas

County Parks and Recreation Areas

The County of San Luis Obispo is pleased to be able to reopen, with modifications, portions of El Chorro Regional Park and the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden beginning Monday, May 18.

Additionally, the campgrounds at Lopez Lake, Santa Margarita Lake, and Oceano Memorial Park will open to local residents only beginning Monday, May 18.

  • Reservations will not be accepted.
  • To be permitted to camp, visitors must bring a valid ID that demonstrates a local San Luis Obispo County address and zip code.
  • Anyone who cannot provide proof of local residence will not be permitted to camp.
  • Only one campsite can be purchased per household.
  • Multiple households attempting to book adjacent campsites for a group gathering will not be permitted to camp.

As the County transitions into Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap, some areas remain closed to protect public health. The following areas will remain closed until further notice:

  • All indoor facilities (except restrooms)
  • All playgrounds
  • All pools
  • Camping at El Chorro Regional Park and Coastal Dunes RV Park
  • Camping cabins
  • Golf clubhouses
  • Group picnic sites
  • Parks & Recreation office in downtown San Luis Obispo

No reservations are being accepted for weddings, events, group picnics, birthday parties, camping, or any other activity until further notice.

  • Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake has set vehicle limits. In response to difficulty maintaining physical distance at Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake, County Parks has limited the number of vehicles allowed at each lake at any one time. Santa Margarita Lake is limited to 80 vehicles, 40 of which may be trailers with boats. Lopez Lake is limited to 320 vehicles, 50 of which may be trailers with boats. Any vehicles arriving after this capacity has been reached will be turned away.
  • Parking lots will be closed at all coastal County parks. This includes Cayucos, Hardie and Shamel parks.
  • The County is posting signs reminding residents they must keep a distance of at least six feet from others at sports courts, dog parks, skate parks and other areas. These areas may be closed if physical distancing requirements are ignored.
  • As of 6/24/2020 Los Osos Skate Park is open with limitations

City and Community Parks

  • As of Thursday, March 26: 
    • City-owned parking lots and parking meters in Pismo Beach will be strictly limited to one hour.
    • Pismo Beach will strictly enforce physical distancing requirements on beaches. People may visit beaches to walk, jog, surf and swim but must keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.
    • Pismo Beach Pier will be closed to the public.
    • San Luis Obispo will strictly enforce physical distancing requirements for trails and parks. People may visit City parks and trails, but must keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.
  • As of Friday, March 27:
    • Morro Bay will strictly enforce physical distancing requirements on beaches. People may visit beaches to walk, jog, surf and swim but must keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.
    • City of Pismo Beach Pier is closed until further notice.
    • Pier parking lot, Addie Street parking lot, Pomeroy Street parking lot, Main Street parking lot, and all metered parking spaces located in other areas are limited to a maximum of one hour.
County Golf Courses
  • Morro Bay, Dairy Creek and Chalk Mountain golf courses are open for locals only.
During this closure, staff will be performing maintenance practices to the course and clubhouse facilities so that we are ready to provide a great experience to our visitors upon your return to the course.
County Pools

County of San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation has decided to keep pools closed this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions and the unknown timeline for when public pools may be able to operate safely across the State of California.

County Parks operates pools in San Miguel, Shandon, Templeton, Cayucos, and Cambria as well as at Santa Margarita Lake and Coastal Dunes RV Park.

Public pools are not permitted to open under the current Stage 2 guidelines. Gradual reopening is expected for pools that can limit the number of people to maintain physical distancing and safely occupy the space in and around the pool. This may work well for pools designed for lap swimming or other larger pools. However, the County Parks’ pools are relatively small and are more about community pool recreation rather than lap swimming or other uses that make physical distancing easier. 

State Parks and Beaches

Note: Things change frequently, so confirm with state parks before basing any decisions on the information below.

  • All campgrounds in California State Parks are closed until further notice. 

  • The following State Parks in San Luis Obispo County are now temporarily closed to vehicular access:

    • Cayucos State Beach
    • Hearst Castle
    • Morro Bay State Park
      • Cerro Cabrillo Trailhead
      • Lower State Park Road at South Bay Blvd
      • Lower State Park Road at Morro Bay Campground.
      • Upper State Park Road at the Golf Course Parking Lot.All access to the park will be from the Main Street Entrance. The Morro Bay Golf Course, Marina and Bayside Cafe remain open at this time.
    • Morro Strand State Beach
      • Azure Street Parking Lot
      • Morro Strand Campground Entrance
      • Studio Drive Parking Lot- Cayucos
      • 24th Street Parking Lot- Cayucos
    • Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)
      • Oso Flaco Lake
    • Pismo State Beach
    • Cayucos State Beach- SLO County Park Operated:
      • All Parking Closures per SLO County
      • Cayucos Pier
    • Los Osos Oaks SNR Lot- Los Osos
    • Santa Rosa Day Use Lot- Cambria
    • Leffingwell Day Use Lot- Cambria
    • Washburn Day Use Area- San Simeon
    • San Simeon Pier- San Simeon (Upper Lot remains Open)
  • Many state parks and beaches have received record visitation over the weekend which made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social distancing practices. As a result, the department is working closely with local county and public health officials to modify park operations by closing vehicular traffic at some park units to reduce the density of visitors. A full list of closures can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. State Park Peace Officers, in cooperation with allied law enforcement entities, will continue patrolling all state park units and enforcing all regulations

Port San Luis Harbor District

Superior Courts
Superior Courts are making significant changes as a result of COVID-19. 
SLO County Airport

SLO County Airport Travel Advisory and Airline Information

American Job Center of California

Effective March 20, the American Job Center of California (AJCC) has closed in compliance with the Shelter at Home order.  Remote services are continuing to be provided through the AJCC staff team who is fully equipped to provide support via phone, teleconference and online means. 

While the AJCC facility is closed, here are the numbers to call if you need assistance:

  • EDD (805) 788-2696
  • Employer Services (805) 249-9644
  • General Information (805) 286-8530

If your business is laying off employees or even closing, America’s Job Center of California can support you and your workers through this difficult transition. Contact Jim Yancheson at jyancheson@eckerd.org for local business support.