On March 13, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo declared a local emergency due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in SLO County.

On March 18, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo issued a Shelter At Home Order, effective March 19, 2020 at 5 PM. On April 16, 2020, the Order was extended through May 16, 2020. The County is now following all State guidance regarding Sheltering at Home and reopening.

On March 24, 2020, the Arroyo Grande City Council adopted Resolution No. 4975 expressly affirming actions of the County of San Luis Obispo related to the COVID-19 pandemic as applicable and enforceable within the City’s jurisdiction, including specifically County Emergency Services Director Orders 3 and 4, which establish regulations for the suspension of evictions and mandatory shelter at home regulations, respectively.

For updates, press releases and resources on COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County, visit A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 781-5500 is available seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19.

Updated Current Local Orders and Current Guidance and Best Practices

Order to Isolate and Quarantine (County of San Luis Obispo Health Officer Order of January 6, 2022)

All Guidance Documents by Topic  (CA Department of Public Health; these documents are updated regularly)

For concerns regarding violations, please email or call (805) 473-5404. 

City of Arroyo Grande Response

On March 17, 2020, in response to the status of the COVID-19/novel coronavirus outbreak, the City Manager, acting within his authority as the City’s Director of Emergency Services, signed a Proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency within the City of Arroyo Grande in order to gain access to additional resources. Pursuant to State law, the City Council ratified the action at its March 24, 2020 Regular Meeting by adopting Resolution No. 4974.

On July 14, 2020 City Council adopted two Urgency Ordinances. Review the City’s Ordinance regarding enforcing all State and County Orders related to COVID-19 and the ability to issue citations and penalties.

As of June 15, 2021, all City offices fully reopened to the public.  COVID-19 safety protocol is being observed, including the requirement for face coverings to be worn within City buildings. City services also continue to be available via phone, email, and through the City’s website. The public can call the City’s main telephone line at (805) 473-5400 or send an email to for more information. A staff directory can be found here. City Council and advisory body meetings will continue to be offered virtually.


The City’s Community Development Department is pleased to offer an opportunity to local businesses to establish parklets for use as additional outdoor space during the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening process. Applications were due August 7, 2020 and parklets were installed mid-August.

Review Parklet Information and Guidance

Relief Efforts

Communities and households across the Central Coast are facing severe economic hardships as we try to overcome this COVID-19 crisis, and economic relief is on the way.

Local public and private leaders from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have come together as an informal coalition to provide economic relief. Resources as a result of this work can be found at

Virtual Recreation

Stay connected with virtual recreation opportunities.

Messages from City Leaders

Message from Mayor Ray Russom Regarding the City’s Declaration of a Local Emergency (March 17, 2020)

City Press Releases Regarding COVID-19

Any News Releases that have since expired can be found in the website archives here.

Two More Community Members Die from COVID-19 as Cases Continue to Surge (January 18, 2022)

Health Officials Offer COVID-19 Testing Recommendations as Tests Remain Limited (January 13, 2022)

Public Health Department Reports Two Deaths, 41 Hospitalizations from COVID-19 (January 11, 2022)

New Health Officer Order Replaces Individual Isolation/Quarantine Orders as Cases Surge (January 7, 2022)

SLO County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase as Cases Surge (January 7, 2022)

COVID-19 Cases Spike in San Luis Obispo County (January 4, 2022)

COVID-19 Cases Surge as Omicron Takes Hold in San Luis Obispo County (December 30, 2021)

Additional Cases of Omicron Variant Confirmed in San Luis Obispo County (December 28, 2021)

County Health Department to Host Pop Up COVID-19 Rapid Testing Event in Atascadero (December 28, 2021)

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available at Pop-Up Event in Grover Beach (December 21, 2021)

Health Officials Report SLO County’s First Case of Omicron (December 17, 2021)

Health Department Offers Guidance for COVID-19 At-Home Testing (December 16, 2021)

Health Officials Encourage Action to Stay Safe as Omicron Approaches (December 2, 2021)

Seven Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported in San Luis Obispo County (November 30, 2021)

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available at Pop-Up Events in Atascadero and Grover Beach (November 23, 2021)

Public Health Department to Host Pop-Up COVID-19 Rapid Testing Events on Nov. 24th (November 22, 2021)

County Health Department Offers Thanksgiving, Holiday Season COVID-19 Safety Tips (November 18, 2021)

Flu Cases Circulating in San Luis Obispo County (November 17, 2021)

COVID-19 Takes the Lives of Six More Community Members (November 16, 2021)

Three Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported in San Luis Obispo County (November 9, 2021)

SLO County Residents Ages 5-11 Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccination (November 3, 2021)

Health Officials Report Four More COVID-19 Deaths (October 29, 2021)

Health Officer Issues Criteria for Lifting Order Requiring Masking in Indoor Public Places (October 20, 2021)

San Luis Obispo County Health Officials Report Four More Deaths from COVID-19 (October 15, 2021)

Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic (October 14, 2021)

Flu Vaccine More Important Than Ever During COVID-19 Pandemic (October 13, 2021)

Health Officials Report Seven COVID-19 Deaths (October 5, 2021)

County Health Officials Report New COVID-19 Cases, Updated Vaccine Statistics (October 1, 2021)

County's COVID-19 Testing Sites Closed on October 11 in Observance of Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day (September 29, 2021)

County Health Department Reports Eight Deaths Due to COVID-19 (September 21, 2021)

San Luis Obispo County Health Officials Report Six COVID-19 Deaths (September 17, 2021)

New Guidance for SLO County Youth Activities, Large Gatherings and Performing Arts (September 17, 2021)

Health Officials Report Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 15 Community Members Currently in ICU  (September 14, 2021)

Special Pop-Up Clinics Offer Free Concert Ticket with COVID-19 Vaccine (September 10, 2021)

New No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Site Opening in Grover Beach (September 10, 2021)

Health Officials Report Ten COVID-19 Deaths (September 10, 2021)

COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and ICU Admissions Remain High (September 3, 2021)

Unvaccinated Residents Continue to Suffer Most COVID-19 Cases in San Luis Obispo County (August 31, 2021)

County of San Luis Obispo Health Officer Order Requires Masking in Indoor Public Places (August 31, 2021)

Health Officials Report Two COVID-19 Deaths, Continued Surge in Hospitalizations (August 27, 2021)

Health Officials Report Five COVID-19 Deaths, 55 Residents in Hospital (August 24, 2021)

Health Officials Urge Vaccination Following Full FDA Approval of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine (August 24, 2021)

Health Officials Report One COVID-19 Death, 42 Residents in Hospital (August 20, 2021)

Paso Robles No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Site Moves to the Paso Robles Train Station (August 20, 2021)

Businesses Urged to Have Employees and Patrons Wear Masks in Indoor Public Places (August 18, 2021)

Health Officials Report Two COVID-19 Deaths, Eight Residents Currently in ICU (August 17, 2021)

Third Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Soon Available for Severely Immune Compromised Residents (August 16, 2021)

County Reports Two COVID-19 Deaths, 28 Residents in Hospital (August 13, 2021)

County Reports Two More Deaths and Sharp Increase in Hospitalizations and Cases (August 10, 2021)

SLO County Contact Tracers Need Your Help with Surge in Cases (August 4, 2021)

Health Officials Report Two COVID-19 Deaths, Increase in Hospitalizations and Cases (August 3, 2021)

Public Health Clinics Launch Vaccine Incentives and Referral Raffle (August 2, 2021)

Unvaccinated Residents Suffer Nearly All COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths in SLO County (July 29, 2021)

Health Officials Report COVID-19 Death as Outbreaks and Cases Increase (July 27, 2021)

Mid-State Fair and Public Health Department Remind Fair-Goers to Stay Healthy (July 22, 2021)

Health Officials Report Increase in COVID-19 Delta Variant in SLO County (July 20, 2021)

Local Support Available as State Extends Rent and Utility Relief through September 2021 (July 8, 2021)

Delta Variant Detected in San Luis Obispo County (June 29, 2021)

County COVID-19 Testing Sites in Grover Beach and Morro Bay to Close Today (June 25, 2021)

San Luis Obispo County Moves Beyond the Blueprint (June 16, 2021)

City Facilities to Fully Reopen (June 15, 2021)

Number Changes for COVID-19 Phone Assistance Center (May 27, 2021)

State Mask Guidance Remains in Effect in San Luis Obispo County (May 18, 2021)

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for SLO County Residents Age 12-15 (May 13, 2021)

County of San Luis Obispo to Close COVID-19 Mass Vaccine Clinics on June 4 (May 7, 2021)

County Vaccine Clinics in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande Now Accepting Walk-Ins (May 5, 2021)

SLO County Dismantles COVID-19 Alternate Care Site as Vaccines Bring New Hope (April 29, 2021)

SLO County Resumes Administration of Safe, Effective Single-Dose Vaccine (April 29, 2021)

SLO County Moves to Orange Tier of State’s Blueprint (April 27, 2021)

SLO County Vaccine Clinics Administer 3,000+ COVID-19 Vaccines in Single-Day Record (April 23, 2021)

Local Travelers Can Soon Get COVID-19 Tests at SLO County Regional Airport (April 23, 2021)

SLO County Residents Can Book COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Through My Turn (April 21, 2021)

How to Protect Your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (April 20, 2021)

County Public Health to Pause Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (April 13, 2021)

SLO County Residents Age 16 and Older Can Sign Up for County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registry (April 7, 2021)

County Officials Urge Residents to Proactively Book Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine (April 6, 2021)

SLO County Residents Age 30 and Older Can Sign Up for County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registry (March 31, 2021)

SLO County Court System Workers, Jurors Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine (March 26, 2021)

Anyone Age 50 and Older Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine in SLO County (March 22, 2021)

SLO County Health Officials Warn of Emerging COVID-19 Vaccine Scams (March 19, 2021)

County Adjusts Youth Sports Guidance to Align with State, Allows Some Observers (March 19, 2021)

Applications Now Open for CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program (March 17, 2021)

Breweries and Distilleries Can Resume Outdoor Operations Similar to Wineries (March 15, 2021)

School Sports to Allow Outdoor Spectators with Capacity Limits and COVID-19 Precautions (March 12, 2021)

CDC Releases New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals (March 9, 2021)

County of SLO Receives First Shipment of Single-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine (March 8, 2021)

South County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to Move to South County Regional Center on March 8 (March 4, 2021)

Anyone Eligible for First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Can Register for Appointment Lottery (March 2, 2021)

SLO County to Return to Red Tier of State’s Blueprint Tomorrow (March 2, 2021)

More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Next Week (February 17, 2021)

Six COVID-19 Vaccine Myths: Fact or Fiction? (February 16, 2021)

SLO County Residents 65 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine (February 10, 2021)

COVID-19 Has Taken 200 Lives in San Luis Obispo County (February 9, 2021)

County to Vaccinate more than 7,300 People This Week (February 3, 2021)

County Health Officer Urges Residents to Celebrate Safely this Super Bowl Sunday (February 2, 2021)

County Opens More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments (February 2, 2021)

Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Delayed for Now (January 28, 2021)

Storm Damage Forces Move of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in SLO (January 27, 2021)

Upcoming Stormy Weather Means Changes at Local COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics (January 26, 2021)

SLO County Exits State’s Regional Stay at Home Order and Returns to Purple Tier (January 25, 2021)

County to Open Third COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Monday (January 21, 2021)

More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Now Open for Eligible SLO County Residents (January 21, 2021)

SLO County to Pause Administration of Specific Lot of Moderna Vaccine (January 19, 2021)

COVID-19 Update: SLO County to Vaccinate Adults 75 Years and Older Starting Monday (January 15, 2021)

COVID-19 Update: County Now Reports 66% of Local Hospital ICU Beds Available (January 11, 2021)

More than 100 SLO County Community Members Have Died of COVID-19 (January 8, 2021)

More than 8,000 SLO County Health Care Workers Get Vaccinated as COVID-19 Surges (January 8, 2021)

COVID-19 Update: SLO County Adds Nearly 900 COVID-19 Cases, Clearing Out State Data Backlog (January 4, 2021)

More SLO County Health Care Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine as Supply Triples (December 30, 2020)

State’s Regional Stay at Home Order Remains in Effect in SLO County (December 29, 2020)

COVID-19 Still Surging in SLO County Amid Backlog in Reported Cases (December 29, 2020)

COVID-19 Update: County Reports More than 2,000 Active COVID-19 Cases (December 23, 2020)

County Reports Most COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day (December 15, 2020)

How Will COVID-19 Vaccines Get Distributed in SLO County? (December 14, 2020)

State Officially Launches CA Notify, a COVID-19 Exposure Notification Tool (December 11, 2020)

County Public Health Department Allows 10-Day Quarantine Option for Some (December 9, 2020)

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties Request Removal From Southern California Region Stay Home Order (December 9, 2020)

County Press Release Regarding State's Regional Stay at Home Order Taking Effective Sunday Night (December 5, 2020)

County Increases Free COVID-19 Testing Opportunities (November 30, 2020)

Residents Should Self-Quarantine If Close Contact Tests Positive for COVID-19 (November 24, 2020)

County Press Release Regarding State's Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19 (November 19, 2020)

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19  (November 19, 2020)

County Health Officer Issues COVID-19 Guidance for a Safer Thanksgiving (November 17, 2020)

Fast Rise in COVID-19 Case Rates Lands SLO County Back in the State’s Purple Tier (November 16, 2020)

California Department of Public Health Issues Travel Advisory and Guidance for Holiday Gatherings (November 13, 2020)

Updated Guidelines for Participation in Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic (November 6, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Promotes a Safe Halloween Holiday (October 28, 2020)

Socially Distanced Walk-in Movie Night Cancelled - Other Fun Activities Scheduled (October 23, 2020)

Application Now Available for City's One-Time Small Business Assistance Grants (October 22, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande to Provide One-Time Small Business Assistance Grants (October 15, 2020)

State Releases COVID-19 Rules for Private Gatherings (October 13, 2020)

K-12 Schools Can Reopen for Modified In-Person Instruction in SLO County (October 6, 2020)

Halloween Events in Arroyo Grande  - How to Safely Celebrate (October 5, 2020)

County Health Officer Issues Guidance for Safer Halloween Activities During COVID-19 (October 5, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Halloween Decorating Challenge and More (October 2, 2020)

State Officials Announce Equity Metric to More Effectively Fight COVID-19 (October 1, 2020)

State Releases Guidance for Outdoor Playgrounds, Updates School Guidance FAQs (September 29, 2020)

Getting Vaccinated Against the Flu is More Important Than Ever (September 25, 2020)

More Businesses in SLO County Can Open Indoor Operations with Modifications (September 22, 2020)

County Lifts Visitation Restrictions at Skilled Nursing Facilities (September 21, 2020)

Moving to the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint – What it Takes (September 21, 2020)

CDPH and Rabbis from Three Jewish Denominations Share a Message of Health for the High Holy Days (September 17, 2020)

COVID-19 Testing Clinics to Open in Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay on Tuesday (September 3, 2020)

New Fee for Enrichment Lab Distance Learning Program (August 31, 2020)

San Luis Obispo County Hair Salons and Barbershops Permitted to Reopen Monday (August 28, 2020)

California Public Health Officials Release Guidance for Small Supervised Groups of Children (August 26, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Announces Free WiFi For Students at Elm Street Park (August 17, 2020) 

SLO County COVID-19 Testing Criteria Expands Due to Increased Capacity (August 14, 2020)

County Health Officer Approves Modified Reopening of Higher Education Institutions (August 12, 2020)

County Public Health Works with CMC to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak (August 11, 2020)

County Health Officials Revise Number of COVID-19 Deaths After Further Investigation (August 6, 2020)

City Offers Local Businesses Opportunity to Establish Parklets (July 31, 2020)

Elementary Schools Can Now Apply for Waiver from State Ban on In-Person Instruction (July 29, 2020)

Local Health Officials Ask SLO County Residents to Avoid Social Gatherings (July 27, 2020)

Local Health Officials Seek Public Cooperation with Contact Tracers (July 27, 2020)

How to Cope with COVID-19 in SLO County (July 22, 2020)

State Orders More Business Sector Closures (July 15, 2020)

State Orders Statewide Closures, More Closures Coming Soon for SLO County (July 14, 2020)

SLO County to Offset COVID-19 Testing Costs by Charging Medical Insurance (July 8, 2020)

County Health Officials Report Third Death Due to COVID-19 (July 8, 2020)

County Health Officials Report Second Death Due to COVID-19 (July 1, 2020)

Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update (June 29, 2020)

State Now Requires Face Coverings in High-Risk Settings (June 19, 2020)

Personal Care Services Can Reopen with Modifications Friday, Weddings Allowed (June 19, 2020)

State Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Activities Protected by First Amendment (June 16, 2020)

Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update (June 16, 2020)

State Releases New Guidance for More Industries to Reopen (June 9, 2020)

County Lifts Two Local Executive Orders, Issues Another (June 5, 2020)

SLO County Renters Impacted by COVID-19 Still Protected from Eviction (June 4, 2020)

Arroyo Grande City Council Returning to Bi-Weekly Regular Meeting Schedule (June 1, 2020)

Select County Library Branches to Begin Staged Reopening on Tuesday (June 1, 2020)

Places of Worship, Hair Salons and Barbershops Can Reopen in SLO County (May 27, 2020)

SLO County Can Start In-Store Shopping, Dining in Restaurants Today (May 20, 2020)

County of SLO Seeks to Show it Meets California’s New Stage 2 Variance Criteria (May 18, 2020)

County of SLO Takes Steps to Protect Public Health by Limiting Tourism (May 18, 2020)

Arroyo Grande Strawberry Celebration Cancelled (May 15, 2020)

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Now Available for Any San Luis Obispo County Resident (May 13, 2020)

First County in the State to Make the Case to the California Public Health Department The are Ready to Loosen Restrictions to Reopen (May 8, 2020)

County START Guide Phase 1 Cannot Begin on Friday, May 8 (May 5, 2020)

County of San Luis Obispo Releases Draft Steps to Adapt & Reopen Together (May 1, 2020)

Arroyo Grande to Hold Weekly City Council Meetings During COVID-19 Emergency (April 29, 2020)

County Urges Residents to Avoid Group Gatherings (April 28, 2020)

County Clarifies Shelter at Home Order Guidance (April 22, 2020)

County Guidance Allows Safe Phased Reopening of Specific Activities (April 20, 2020)

County Continues Executive Order to Shelter at Home (April 16, 2020)

Where to Call or Email for Concerns With County Shelter at Home Order (April 13, 2020)

Residents Urged to Stay Alert for Scams and Price Gouging (April 10, 2020)

Updated Guidelines for Participation in Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Emergency (April 10, 2020)

Local Health Officials Emphasize CDC Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings (April 9, 2020)

Local Leaders Begin Central Coast Economic Relief Efforts (April 8, 2020)

Health Officials Urge Residents: If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms, Get Tested (April 6, 2020)

County Continues Executive Order to Shelter at Home (April 2, 2020)

Join Us for the City of Arroyo Grande’s Virtual Egg Hunt & New Daily Recreation Activity Calendar (April 2, 2020) 

Pet Owners Asked to Prepare Care Plans (March 31, 2020)

Residents Encouraged to Visit Virtual Local Assistance Center on (March 27, 2020)

County Opens Enforcement Line to Report Executive Order Violations (March 25, 2020)

City Introduces Virtual Recreation (March 24, 2020)

Guidelines for Public Participation in City Council Meetings During COVID-19 Emergency (March 24, 2020)

Food and Prescriptions for Self-Isolating Residents (March 23, 2020)

County Issues Executive Order to Shelter At Home Starting Tomorrow (March 18, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Declares Existence of Local Emergency (March 17, 2020)

City Water Safe for Drinking and Washing - Current Treatment Methods Protect Against COVID-19 and Other Viruses (March 17, 2020)

City Protecting Public Health and Safety - Facilities Temporarily Closed (March 16, 2020)

City Continues to be Ready for Potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts - Program Closures (March 13, 2020)

City Ready for Potential Coronavirus Impacts and How the Community Can Help (March 5, 2020)