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The City Takes Additional Action to Reduce COVID-19 Impacts; Implements Restrictions on Public Gatherings and Special Events

Post Date:03/12/2020

The City of San Luis Obispo is taking additional action to reduce impacts associated with COVID-19 and is following an executive order and directive issued by Governor Newsom that non-essential large events should be canceled or postponed, at least through the month of March.

“The health and safety of our community is our number one priority and we must all follow the guidance of our public health professionals at this time,” stated City Manager Derek Johnson. “Staff will be implementing these measures and other actions as needed to help reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on our community.”

This statement, issued at the recommendation of state public health experts, calls for canceling or postponing:

  • non-essential events of more than 250 people
  • non-essential gatherings of less than 250 people that do not allow social distancing of at least six feet between participants
  • non-essential gatherings of more than 10 individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Per the governor’s directive, this does NOT include:

  • regular school or work activities
  • public transportation and airport travel
  • shopping at a store or mall

The City is working with event organizers to refund fees or reschedule the following events:

  • Solvang Double Century Bike Race on March 21, occurring on City streets
  • Walk MS, March 27-28, at Meadow Park
  • Arlene Zanchuck USO Memorial Dance on March 28, at the Ludwick Community Center
  • Diocese of Monterey Wellness Event on March 28, at Laguna Lake Park 

Additionally, the City is canceling public tours at all City facilities through the month of March. This action is being taken to reduce potential exposure to City staff who provide essential services to the community. 

The City will continue to hold public meetings as planned, such as City Council and advisory body meetings, but in accordance with the new guidance from the State. Due to the requirements for social distancing, there will be limited capacity for public attendance. Community members are encouraged to watch City Council meetings live on cable channel 20 or on the City’s website ( The public can also submit public comment for meetings in advance by emailing  If you have questions about public meetings or need additional accommodations, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at or (805) 781-7100.

These actions are in addition to the precautions already taken by the City including planning for continued operation of essential City services, additional signage and increased cleaning at public facilities, guidelines for City employees and regular updates to the public about impacts of COVID-19 to City operations.

The City will continue to work in close partnership with the County to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19. As the lead agency, the County is actively working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state of California Department of Public Health (CDPH), other County officials, local health care providers, and other partners to protect the health of the community.  

Please visit for up to date information regarding COVID-19, to learn more information about how you can prepare and see answers to frequently asked questions. 

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