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 or close based on a county's ability to meet the State's criteria.  On May 20, 2020 the CDPH approved SLO County's attestation moving the County into Stage 2. 

The State is actively monitoring each county and may direct closures or restrictions based on specific disease transmission and hospital criteria.  If a county cannot remain under certain disease transmission thresholds, they will be added to the County Monitoring List.

JULY 13, 2020 - NEW BUSINESS MODIFICATIONS DUE TO STATEWIDE ORDER

Effective immediately, by statewide order, the following businesses must close indoor business operations in the following categories: 

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers 
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.

JULY 16, 2020 at 12:01 am - ADDITIONAL BUSINESS MODIFICATIONS DUE TO STATEWIDE ORDER

The following will be required to shut down unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up as of 12:01 am on Thursday morning (modified operations required on Thursday):

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors (See offices allowed to stay open: Essential Critical Infrastructure Sector List)
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors (tattoo parlors and many other personal care services can not legally operate outdoors - check with your state licensing board)
  • Hair salons and barbershops - Note: outdoors operations not currently allowed per state licensing
  • Malls

Information on the State Facial Covering Order

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 are 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. 

Businesses That Were Always Open - Self Cert Required

All businesses already allowed to operate in SLO County can continue to do so, however they are required to follow the same Self Certification process has businesses that reopen.  

 SLO County Businesses That Were Essential Businesses and Always 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

 

 

Businesses Currently Allowed to Reopen - Self Cert Required 

1. Body Art - Must close on 7/16/2020

This includes tattoo, body piercing and permanent cosmetic facilities

2. Campgrounds and RV Parks
3. Car Washes
4. Cardrooms (Outdoor Operations Only) and Racetracks 

NOTE: Beginning July 13 - Outdoor operations only.  No indoor operations allowed per state order.

5. Casinos 
6. Childcare 
7. County Libraries

San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Cambria, Los Osos, and Morro Bay.

8. Day Camps

Note: This does NOT include youth sports.  Youth sports are not currently allowed in California. 

9. Family Entertainment Centers, including movie theatres (Outdoor Operations Only)

NOTE: Beginning July 13 - Outdoor operations only.  No indoor operations allowed per state order.

10. First Amendment-Protected Activities (religious services, cultural ceremonies & protests)

The State has made allowances for constitutionally protected gatherings to include in-person religious services, cultural ceremonies (which now includes wedding ceremonies but NOT receptions/celebrations), protests, and other constitutionally protected gatherings if they follow the State's COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies

Attendance at indoor gatherings protected by the First Amendment must be limited to 25% of total capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is fewer. 

Activities at Places of Worship other than services are not allowed at this time, including group gatherings, potlucks, etc. 

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.

11. Gyms and Fitness - Modified operations required starting July 16, 2020

Note: Modified operations starting July 16, 2020 - ONLY outdoor gyms and fitness center operations allowed.

It is HIGHLY recommended by the SLO County Health Officer that indoor fitness classes, such as aerobics, spin, zumba, pilates, etc do not take place currently due to the risk of disease transmission from increased respiratory output. 

Gymnastics and dance studios that are able to maintain no contact between participants with physical distancing and in large studios are allowed to reopen.  

Outdoor non-contact fitness classes may resume if physical distancing can be maintained and there is no shared equipment.  This also includes aquatics classes. 

12. Hair Salons / Barbershops - Must close beginning July 16, 2020
13. Hotels, Lodging and Short Term Rentals
14. Individual Outdoor Recreation, such as charter fishing, equine facilities and archery

Note: Activities that involve physical contact between participants is NOT allowed, including youth sports and adult recreation leagues.  

15. Music, Film and TV Production

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

16. Office-Based Businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged) - Modified operations required starting July 16, 2020

Note: Offices in non critical sectors must close in office operations starting July 16, 2020

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.

17. Outdoor Museums 
18. Personal Services - Modified operations required starting July 16, 2020

NOTE: Starting July 16, 2020, these services can only take place OUTDOORS if allowed by state license.

This includes esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons and massage. 

NOTE: The County Health Officer strongly discourages the reopening of spa services provided in small, enclosed, indoor spaces, including massage therapy, facials, waxing and electrolysis. 

19. Professional Sports Without Live Audiences 

Note: This category is not intended to allow youth sports or adult recreation leagues.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, athletes, coaching staff, medical staff, broadcasting staff and others at sporting facilities or events should abide by COVID-19 protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Retail staff should adhere to Retail guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

20. Public Swimming Pools 

Note: Hot tubs/spa pool are NOT allowed to reopen at this time.

19. Restaurants and Wineries (Outdoor Operations Only)

NOTE: Beginning July 13 - Outdoor operations only.  No indoor operations allowed per state order.

NOTE: Live music / entertainment is NOT currently allowed at any time. 

21. Retail 

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

22. Schools
23. Supply Chains Supporting Retail - Logistics
24. Supply Chains Supporting Retail - Manufacturing

25. Zoos and Museums (Outdoor Operations Only)

NOTE: Beginning July 13 - Outdoor operations only.  No indoor operations allowed per state order.

  

 

Not Allowed to Reopen (Statewide) - Reopening Date TBD

The reopening timeline for these businesses is still to be determined by the state:

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. Bars, Brewpubs, Breweries, and Pubs

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. Community Centers / 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. 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.
4. Gatherings and Special Events

General gatherings and special events are not permitted at this time. 

The State has made allowances for constitutionally protected gatherings to include in-person religious services, cultural ceremonies (which now includes wedding ceremonies but NOT receptions/celebrations), protests, and other constitutionally protected gatherings if they follow the State's COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies. Attendance at indoor gatherings protected by the First Amendment must be limited to 25% of total capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees.

 
According to the CDC's Considerations for Events and Gatherings, the risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:
  • Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.
  • More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
  • Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.
  • Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.
5. Indoor Recreation, including martial arts

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.

6. 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.

7. Live Theatre

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.

8. Nightclubs

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.

9. Playgrounds - Outdoor and Indoor, including bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag

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.

10. Sauna / Steam Rooms / Hot Tubs

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. 

11. Theme Parks

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.

12. Waterparks

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.

13. Youth Sports / Adult Rec Leagues

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will we move into each new stage? 
At this point, the state is not moving forward into Stage 3 for counties, but instead just slowly opening additional sectors.  At this time, the county is not focused on what stage we are in, but instead, what we are allowed to reopen based on what guidance the state has released.
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. What do my risk assessment and procedures have to include? 
Your procedures should address all applicable guidance descriptions listed for your business sector.  After you read your business sectors guidance, consider document or creating a process flow chart (such as a map) for your businesses processes from beginning to end, then go back and identify where there might be potential for disease transmission between people or of high contact surfaces.  You will want to be sure you have procedures in place that address each of these high risk areas in additon to all applicable items in your state issued business sector guidance document. 
8. 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.