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 through April 17, 2020.

March 26, 2020 County Health Officer Order - Restriction on Visitors to Hospitals and Certain Licensed Residential Facilities

For updates, press releases and resources on COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County, visit A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19.

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 must ratify this action within seven (7) days. That action is scheduled for the March 24, 2020 Regular Meeting.

To protect the safety and health of the community and its employees, and in accordance with the County’s Executive Order to Shelter at Home, the City of Arroyo Grande has temporarily closed its community centers and public counters at City Hall, Corporation Yard (Public Works), Recreation Services, and Police Station until further notice. Public counters at the Five Cities Fire Authority are also closed. The public can call the City’s main telephone line at (805) 473-5400 or send an email to for more information about the City’s response or services during this time. A staff directory can be found here.

In accordance with both the Countywide and Statewide order, the City will continue to provide essential governmental services to the community during this time, including police, fire, water treatment and distribution, wastewater conveyance, construction services, public works infrastructure, and other general operations. 

Virtual Recreation

Stay connected with virtual recreation opportunities.

Messages from City Leaders

Message from City Manager Jim Bergman About Shelter At Home Order and City Services (March 19, 2020)

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

City Press Releases Regarding COVID-19

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)