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SLO CAL Travel Advisory

COVID-19 Update



On January 25, 2021, officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.

CDPH and the Newsom administration confirmed that the entire state is moving back to the color-coded, tiered reopening system. The County of San Luis Obispo is now back into Tier 1 (Purple), meaning that several business sectors may resume outdoor-only operations or reduced capacity for indoor operations.

To understand which activities and businesses are open in the four tiers click HERE.

Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. “Non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Essential travel includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

What's Open

Still to Come

  • The California Department of Parks and Recreation advises that the closure of campground sites may be made with little advance notice. Whether your specific reservation will be canceled depends on whether the selected campground is located within one of the impacted regions. If the campsite is within an impacted region, your reservation will be canceled. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by the state’s reservation system -- ReserveCalifornia -- via email and provided with a refund. 
  • It is recommended to check the FULLY CLOSED list of State Parks before you visit. All restrooms are closed, and there are no parking facilities open for visitors, recreational boats or off-highway vehicles. No form of activities is permitted (including sunbathing, walking, jogging or watersports).
  • California State Parks announced a three-phased reopening plan for vehicular use at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Pismo State Beach (SB), starting Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. 
  • The following parks have areas that are closed: Morro Bay State Park, Morro Strand State Beach, Hearst San Simeon State Park, Montana De Oro State Park and Cayucos State Beach. See here for more information on the opening of these State Parks and Beaches.
  • Hearst Castles remains closed to the public. For virtual tours and interactive experiences please visit


To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 across San Luis Obispo County, you can visit for current updates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
U.S. Travel Association:
California Department of Public Health:
San Luis Obispo County Health Agency:

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