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State Approves SLO County's Request for Advanced Reopening

Reopening Approved for In-Store Shopping, Dining in Restaurants with Modifications

Post Date:05/20/2020 4:06 AM

The County of San Luis Obispo has announced that it has met the State’s criteria to move faster through Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap.  With this approval, in-store shopping and dining in restaurants can reopen with some modifications. 

Under the State’s Resilience Roadmap, Stage 2 expansion is phased in gradually. Working with the California Department of Public Health, the County of San Luis Obispo has met the readiness criteria to open more workplaces. Before reopening, all facilities must:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  • Train employees to limit the spread of COVID-19
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings, disinfecting protocols and physical distancing guidelines

Local businesses that are currently open or planning to reopen can now find a “Ready to Reopen” toolkit at to show how the business is reopening safely under the State’s public health guidance. The toolkit includes a printable, single page “Readiness to Reopen” Self-Evaluation & Certification Form for businesses to fill out and keep on site to acknowledge compliance with the State’s Resilience Roadmap and related public health guidance specific to their industry. It also includes an “Open and Safe” sign that businesses can print and display. 

Prior to reopening, SLO County business owners or managers must complete and sign the COVID-19 Self-Evaluation & Certification Form for each facility. By signing this form, the business owner or manager acknowledges compliance with the State’s Resilience Roadmap and more specifically indicates that they understand and are implementing State guidance applicable to their industry to help workplaces reopen and operate safely.

To support businesses operating in San Luis Obispo and to answer questions regarding reopening operations, the City has implemented an online Business Reopening Inquiry Form. The online form provides business owners the option to request clarification on what operations can be performed at this time and request an in-person visit from City staff. In addition, there is enhanced business support assistance accessible through the Business & Community Hotline. Community members and businesses can use the number to report concerns, receive clarifications or to check whether a business is permitted to reopen. The phone number is 805-783-7835 and is staffed during regular business hours. After hours calls will be returned the next business day.  Businesses can find additional information online on the City’s Business Resource webpage.

The City has also placed handwashing stations throughout the Downtown and will be increasing the cleaning of public spaces and frequently touched services.

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