Roadmap

CURRENT STAGE: STAGE 2

SLO County is following the State's Resilience Roadmap for reopening. The State determines when and how each county may reopen based on a county's ability to meet the State's criteria.  

Counties that have met the State's readiness criteria can open additional businesses as outlined on CDPH's County Variance page

  • On May 20, the CDPH approved SLO County's attestation moving the County into Stage 2.  
  • On June 2, 2020 the California Department of Public Health released the following statement regarding how a county is allowed to move forward through the stages: 

    "Last Friday, Governor Newsom shared critical information regarding how the State will move through Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.  Specifically, Governor Newsom outlined additional information for counties that have attested to meeting the State’s Variance Criteria to reopen at a pace different than the State’s pace.  A variance county can elect to open a given sector so long as (1) the State has issued guidance for how a given sector can reopen and (2) the local health officer has provided approval for that sector to open in that locality.  If the state has not yet released guidance for a sector, then that sector cannot yet be opened.  We understand how critical it is that this message be reiterated so constituents, county residents and other county staff understand how we will move forward."

STEPS TO REOPEN - Please Start Here

  1. Find your industry sector in the lists below.
  2. Click on the name of your industry sector in the lists below.
  3. Identify when you permitted to reopen. 
  4. Review the guidances for your industry sector.
  5. Implement details outlined in your guidance.
  6. Click on the "Ready to Reopen Toolkit and Self Certification Form" link.
  7. Complete your Self Certification form and retain at place of business.
  8. Option - Download your "Open and Safe" sign to hang at your business.
  9. Reopen!
  10. Questions? Call the Phone Assistance Center at 805-543-2444. 

STAGE 1 - Business Toolkit and Self-Cert   OPEN NOW!

Note: All businesses already allowed to operate in SLO County can continue to do so.  Businesses should continue to maintain safe practices.

 SLO County Businesses That Were Already Open
1. Agriculture and Livestock 
2. Auto Dealerships
3. Communications Industry
4. Construction
5. Delivery Services
6. Energy and Utilities

7. Farmers Markets Guidance

8. Food Industry
9. Hotels and Lodging for Essential Business ONLY
10. Life Sciences
14. Mining and Logging
15. Public Transit
16. Real Estate

 

 

STAGE 2 - Business Toolkit and Self-Cert   OPEN NOW!

Businesses in Stage 2 are considered to be lower risk workplaces.  Stage 2 businesses are able to open as of 5/20/2020. 

1. Destination Retail 

This category includes in-store retail, shopping malls and swap meets

2. Dine-in Restaurants 
 3. Supply Chains Supporting Retail - Logistics
4. Supply Chains Supporting Retail - Manufacturing  
5. Childcare / Day Camps / Summer School
6. Office-Based Businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)

Telework is still encouraged to protect individuals who are most at risk for more severe COVID-19, including older adults and people with specific medical conditions.

7. Car Washes
8. Outdoor Museums 
9. Residential Shared Pools 

NOTE: This does not pertain to public swimming pools that are used by the general public at locations including but not limited to motels/hotels, lodges, waterparks, timeshares, aquatic facilities, gyms or other community pools.  Those pools are part of Stage 3 reopening.

10. Schools with Modifications  

See additional State School Guidance below under Pending Section

11. In Person Religious Services

NOTE: Places of Worship must limit attendance to 25% of total capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees.  

Online services and activities are still encouraged to protect individuals who are most at risk for more severe COVID-19, including older adults and people with specific medical conditions.

12. Hair Salons / Barbershops - NEW 5/26/20

13. County Libraries Curbside Service - NEW 6/1/20

Beginning on June 1, 2020, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, and Arroyo Grande branches of the county library will start curbisde services.

  

PENDING APPROVAL - OPENING SOON

 The State of CA has released the following guidances to allow these sectors to plan for reopening.  These businesses and sectors will be permitted to open once the County Health Officer has reviewed and approved them.  Additional guidance and instruction may be added.  

1. Campgrounds 

Opening Date PENDING

2. Cardrooms and Racetracks 

Opening Date PENDING

3. Casinos 

Opening Date PENDING

4. Childcare 

Opening Date PENDING.  Limited Opening, See Stage 2.

5. Day Camps 

Opening Date PENDING.  Limited Opening, See Stage 2.

6. Family Entertainment Centers 

Opening Date PENDING

7. Gyms and Fitness 

Opening Date PENDING

8. Hotels for Tourism and Leisure 

Opening Date PENDING

9. Music, Film and TV Production

Opening Date PENDING

10. Professional Sports Without Live Audiences 

Opening Date PENDING

11. Restaurants, Wineries, and Bars

Opening Date PENDING.  Limited Opening, See Stage 2.

12. Schools 

Opening Date PENDING

13. Zoos and Museums 

Opening Date PENDING. Limited Opening, See Stage 2.

 

STAGE 3 - Business Guidance - Reopening Date TBD

Businesses in Stage 3 are considered to be higher risk workplaces. The timeline for reopening for Stage 3 businesses is to be determined. 

 Businesses are encouraged to prepare for reopening by: 

  • Plan and prepare for re-opening
  • Make radical changes within the workplace
  • Adjust practices by employees and help educate customers
1. Personal Services 

NOTE: This includes but is not limited to nail salons, spas and massage.  There was a misscommunication issued on 5/28/20.  Massage is not allowed to reopen yet.  

These best practices document is provided by SLO County for personal services businesses to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be made available here.

2. Gyms / Fitness Studios / Gymnastics Studios / Dance Studios

These best practices document is provided by SLO County for gyms/fitness studios/gymnastics studios/dance studios to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here.

3. Body Art (Tattoo, Body Piercing, Permanent Cosmetic Facilities) 

These best practices document is provided by SLO County for body art studios to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

4. Bars / Distilleries / Wineries / Tasting Rooms (that do not provide sit-down, dine-in meals)

NOTE: Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not provide sit-down meals themselves, but can contract with another vendor to do so, can serve dine-in meals provided both businesses follow the guidance below and alcohol is only sold in the same transaction as a meal.

These best practices document is provided by SLO County for bars to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

5. Entertainment Venues

NOTE: This includes but is not limited to movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports, kids museums, indoor museums and gallery spaces.

These best practices document is provided by SLO County for these businesses to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

6. Non-Residential Pools 

These best practices document is provided by SLO County for non-residential pools to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

7. Hotels / Lodging for Leisure and Tourism
8. Community Centers

STAGE 4 - Business Guidance - Reopening Date TBD

Businesses in Stage 4 are considered to be the highest risk workplaces. The timeline for reopening for Stage 4 businesses is to be determined and will not occur until therapeutics have been developed.

1. Concerts / Festivals

These best practices document is provided by SLO County to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

2. Convention Centers 

These best practices document is provided by SLO County to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

3. Live Audience Sports 

These best practices document is provided by SLO County to plan and prepare for reopening when allowed to do so.  When official guidance is provided by the State of California, it will be available here. 

4. Other 
TBD 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will we move into each new stage? 
We will know more about when we can move into the rest of Stage 2 when the state approves our Attestation.  The timing for when we can move into Stage 3 and 4 is unknown at this time, but we will provide that information as soon as it becomes available. 
2. What happened to the START Guide?

We developed the START Guide in coordination with an independent panel of experts with the support of the community. We hoped that the State would allow us to execute our plan, but that didn’t happen.

Regardless, the START Guide represents the best thinking of our community under the direction of the Public Health Officer and was endorsed by our Board of Supervisors who formally requested to the governor that SLO County be allowed to move forward with our plan last week. The goal wasn’t to simply create a plan; it was to build a united approach to reopening our communities and economy together. That unity is still needed on the long road ahead.

While we aren’t moving forward in phases outlined in the START Guide, we still use the information included in the START Guide to help us prepare our community for reopening.

For example, creating the START Guide helped us become the first County in CA to attest that we are ready to reopen at a faster pace under the State’s Order and prepares us for when the State lifts its Executive Order. County Public Health Officer, Dr. Penny Borenstein, used information in the START Guide to formally attest to the State that we are ready to open all businesses allowed in Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap. The Board of Supervisors and Tenet and Dignity Health support this.

The County also continues to use the START Guide industry standards as best practices in the absence of more detailed guidelines from the State. This will help businesses to start planning and preparing now for the Stage in which they may reopen later.  

Dr. Borenstein is also using the health metrics in the START Guide – and the State’s criteria – to decide if we should move forward or back.

Whatever happens, San Luis Obispo County will continue to prepare for the future, even with the uncertainties before us. 

 
3. My business doesn't have a guidance document.  Is one coming? 
We will continue to post new guidances from the state and best practices from the county as they are created.  In the meantime, all businesses can utilize our SLO County Best Practices for All Businesses to start planning for their reopening.   
4. What size of non-public gatherings - in indoor or outdoor spaces - are currently allowable? 

In the absence of specific state guidance, San Luis Obispo County Health Officer, Dr. Borenstein, is following federal guidance that gatherings of up to ten people are allowable when appropriate physical distancing and sanitation measures can be maintained.  High-risk individuals are still encouraged to not attend gatherings of any kind.  

5. Where can I find information about what to do with cases of COVID at my workplace?

Try these resources organizations COVID-19 resource pages:

 

CDPH

 

OSHA

 

AIHA

 

CDC

 

EPA

 

6. Can I require customers to wear masks or be required by a business to wear a mask? 

Yes.  You can require/be required to wear a mask when entering a business.  Although it isn't a countywide order, individual businesses can require it.
7. How can I help? 

The health and safety of our residents and the economic health of our communities and businesses will require health, government, education, business, and community members work in concert now and through all phases of reopening.

In the same way that our local Shelter at Home Order has required each resident in our communities to modify behavior and practices to manage the spread of COVID-19, it is anticipated the phases of reopening SLO County will also require our communities to sustain and modify behaviors over time. 

We will all need to adapt to a new normal as the SLO County communities and commerce open gradually and safely, in phases.