SLO CAL Travel Advisory
HIGHWAY 1 TRAVEL CONDITIONS
Highway 1 and all tourism related businesses are open in all directions in San Luis Obispo County. Click here for direct routes from San Francisco or Los Angeles. For more information about road closures for thru-traffic to Monterey County, check the CalTrans-District 5 website, Caltrans map and the Caltrans District 5 Twitter page.
For everything to do and see along this iconic California roadway, click here.
For more information on alternative routes for planning your trip along Highway 1, visit SLO CAL's Getting Here page.
CALIFORNIA REGIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER LIFTED
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 2 (Red), meaning that several business sectors may resume 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.
- Lodging Properties including hotels, motels, vacation rentals and RV Parks & campgrounds
- Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio
- Parks & preserves such as Pismo Preserve and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
- Golf courses
- Places of worship such as churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues (open indoors with modifications 25% capacity) with modifications for safety (PDF).
- Dine-in restaurants ( Open indoor with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer )
- Bars (outdoor service when a meal is provided)
- Breweries, and Distilleries (outdoors with limited capacity for 90 minutes and until 8 p.m.)
- Wineries and tasting rooms (outdoor service)
- Museums, Zoos and aquariums (outdoor only with modifications)
- Campgrounds & State Parks including: (day-use and day-use parking lots)
- Hearst San Simeon SP
- Morro Bay SP
- Morro Strand SB
- Pismo SB
- Family entertainment centers (kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages) (outdoor only with modifications)
- Cardrooms (outdoor only with modifications)
- Movie theaters (outdoor only with modifications)
- Gyms and Fitness Centers (open indoor with modifications - 10% capacity)
- Hair Salons and Barbershops (open indoors with modifications)
- Personal Care Services, like nail salons, tattoo studios and massage therapy (open indoors with modifications)
- Indoor with Modifications (max 50% capacity, closed common areas, closed food courts)
- Campground sites are reopening for existing reservation holders.
- Other state campground sites will be reopened for new reservations using a phased approach starting January 28.
- Not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues.
- Group campsites remain closed.
- Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.
Still to Come
- 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 HearstCastle.org.
The following updates to gatherings, receptions, conferences, and indoor live events and performances are effective April 15:
- Gatherings beginning April 15:
- In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed.
- The gathering size increases to 50 people in the Orange Tier and 100 people in the Yellow Tier.
- In the Purple Tier, only outdoor gatherings are allowed, and they are limited to three households.
- Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in all tiers but are allowed with modifications and capacity limits in the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers.
- Private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences beginning April 15: In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating.
- In the Purple Tier, these activities are only allowed outdoors and capacity is limited to 25 people. If all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, capacity increases to up to 100 people.
- In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and capacity increases to 200 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination; capacity is limited to 100 people.
- In the Orange Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people.
- In the Yellow Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 200 people, and capacity increases to 400 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 200 people.
- Indoor live events or performances beginning April 15: In the Purple Tier these activities are not allowed. In the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers these activities are allowed with capacity limits and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors.
- Venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people: In the Red Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 100 people, and capacity increases to 25% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Orange Tier, capacity is limited to 15% or 200 people, and capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Yellow Tier capacity in limited to 25% or 300 people, and capacity increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
- Venues with a capacity of 1,501 and above: In the Red Tier testing or proof of vaccination is required, and capacity is limited to 20%. In the Orange Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Yellow Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and capacity increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 across San Luis Obispo County, you can visit ReadySLO.org for current updates.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
U.S. Travel Association: www.ustravel.org-covid-19
California Department of Public Health: www.cdph.ca.gov
San Luis Obispo County Health Agency: www.slocounty.ca.gov