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City Takes Additional Action to Protect Community in Response to COVID-19; Bars to Close and Restaurants Limited to Pick Up Service

Post Date:03/18/2020 1:00 PM

DATE:            March 18, 2020          


CONTACT:    James Blattler, PIO

                      Fire Department


                      (805) 440-7448


 San Luis Obispo, CA – On March 18, 2020, City Manager Derek Johnson acting as the Emergency Services Director, issued an emergency proclamation to take additional action to protect the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to place temporary restrictions on restaurants and bars throughout the City. This action is based on guidance issued from the Governor and public health officials.

The proclamation establishes that effective immediately:

  • All bars, breweries and wine tasting venues in the City of San Luis Obispo shall close to the public, excluding production facilities that do not include customer or other public contact.
  • All restaurants in the City of San Luis Obispo shall be closed for indoor or outdoor seated dining and may be open only for pick-up or delivery.
  • Bars, breweries, pubs or other alcohol establishments that include full meals provided by a full kitchen shall follow restaurant guidance and may provide only for pick-up or delivery options.
  • Coffee shops fall under restaurants and may continue to offer pick-up service, but shall not provide indoor or outdoor seating for customers.
  • All pick up areas shall limit customer waiting areas in a manner that provides adequate space for a six (6) feet of separation between waiting customers and provides for hand sanitation.
  • All other public serving businesses shall implement social distancing protocols to ensure that customers of businesses open to the public maintain a six (6) foot distance between customers and otherwise adhere to direction and guidelines from the County Public Health Director found at to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in order to reduce the length and severity of public health and economic impacts.

The City has made free parking zones throughout Downtown to support restaurants’ ability to provide pick up services to customers.

“We all have a responsibility to protect our community during this emergency,” said City Manager Derek Johnson. “The health and safety of our community remains our top priority.”

The Emergency Services Director’s order follows the Governor directive from March 15th that all bars, pubs and wineries in the State should close while also calling for new restrictions on restaurants to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone should take simple steps to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID19:

  • Remain calm;
  • Wash your hands with liquid soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Regularly clean surfaces touched by many people;
  • Stay home if you are sick;
  • Avoid others who are sick;
  • Avoid large gatherings of people; and
  • People over the age of 65 and those with health conditions such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, and a compromised immune system should stay home.

Please visit for the latest public health updates and recommendations or call the Public Health information line at (805) 788-2903.

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