Downtown SLO Cares About Your Health


What does “Shelter at Home” mean to you and your SLO business?

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise throughout the world and in our region, the City of San Luis Obispo is joining with the County to take additional action to protect our community and our most vulnerable through the Shelter at Home Order.

Post Date: 03/19/2020 6:42 PM
What does “Shelter at Home” mean to you and your SLO business?
Stay home except for essential needs

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise throughout the world and in our region, the City of San Luis Obispo is joining with the County to take additional action to protect our community and our most vulnerable through the Shelter at Home Order.

“Using the term shelter at home is to ask people to help slow the spread of infection and is an enhancement of social distancing,” says County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein, “It does not literally mean that people should not leave their homes for essential activities or fresh air and exercise.” The Order is intended to limit activity, travel, and business functions to the most basic and essential needs. The 6-foot social distancing requirements should be followed at all times.

People are asked to avoid gatherings outside of their homes and beyond their immediate families. The Order does not prohibit people from going for walks, hikes, or runs; going surfing; attending medical, dental, or veterinary appointments (please call your provider first); going to the grocery store or pharmacy; getting take-out and delivery from restaurants; gardening, or doing yard work. However, group gatherings must be avoided to limit the spread of this disease.

The order is in effect until April 17, 2020 and will be reevaluated every two weeks. We are asking for your cooperation during this time. By working together, we will get through this. We encourage you to call, text, or video chat your friends, families, and neighbors. We encourage you to call and check on your elderly friends, families, and neighbors, especially those who may be self-isolating.

Please see the information below for more details for residents and businesses.


If you are unsure if your SLO business is essential or if you need further clarification on your operations, please complete this online request form. The City and County will review and get right back to you as soon as possible.

We care about our community and our businesses! We encourage all our community members to continue to support businesses throughout the City during this difficult time. For more information on what you can do, please visit

Remember, we are all in this together and we all must do our part!

More information about COVID-19 and the Shelter At Home Order is available You may also call the staffed Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444; we are available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Downtown Cares About Your Health – And the Health Of Our Community


With many San Luis Obispo offices working remotely, public events delayed & businesses offering online shopping, takeout and delivery only – it’s essential to support your local businesses right now. We ask that our amazing community continue to support their favorite Downtown San Luis Obispo restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery.

Curious which businesses are offering online shipping, takeout and local delivery?

The COVID-19 public health crisis poses incredibly difficult financial challenges to Downtown stores, services and restaurants – many of which are locally owned. Even just a few weeks of diminished patronage can be devastating. Please support where you are able to!

Chalkboard sign in the window of EcoBambino, a locally-owned Downtown store still offering online ordering options.

We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of public health officials at the local, state and national level, and high-risk populations especially should exercise caution. While the Shelter at Home order is in effect, here are a few meaningful ways you can still #ShopLocal and help some of your favorite Downtown businesses during this challenging time.

Tip A Little Extra


Find Downtown Restaurants offering takeout and delivery options HERE

Photo by Heraldo Family Photo

Do you have a steady paycheck? When you’re getting curbside delivery, takeout or delivery to your home, leave a little extra for your part-time service workers who might not have the privilege of income security.


Photo by Heraldo Family Photo

As a promise to return to support them, purchase gift cards to your favorite local shops, restaurants, and salons/services. This puts money in the pocket of your favorite storeowner today to help them cover operating expenses and to help assure a strong tomorrow.

Find online options for most of our Downtown businesses on our Virtual Downtown SLO shopping page HERE


Many Downtown retailers have online shops. Use this time to check out their online offerings. Several businesses are offering discounts and/or free shipping for those that show support for local during this time.

Reminder: Some shops that don’t offer online shopping are happy to take an order over the phone and have it delivered to you during this time – so don’t hesitate to ask!

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Sing your praises online! Engage with your favorite Downtown businesses – leave a Google, Yelp or Facebook review. Like, follow, comment and engage with them on social media. It’s free to you but it helps remind businesses that they aren’t forgotten and this kind of social currency pays dividends of a different kind. Now is a fantastic time to deepen relationships with friends and neighbors that operate your favorite local businesses.


Bummed because an event you were planning to attend got canceled/postponed? Instead of asking for your money back, donate that money you already spent on the ticket back to the organization.


Dining from home more these days? Order delivery or takeout from almost any Downtown restaurant. If you choose to avoid the crowds, call ahead and pick up – many will even deliver to your car when you arrive!

Delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub, Foodjets or UberEats servicing Downtown restaurants are also great options. As mentioned above, you can also pledge your support by purchasing restaurant gift cards to be used at a later date.

Find Downtown Restaurants offering takeout and delivery options HERE

Downtown SLO is committed to working on behalf of our stakeholders to provide up-to-date information from reliable sources as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

We are working with local, state and federal agencies to provide resources and help our small business owners ride out the storm of COVID-19. As new information becomes available, we will post to this page and via our social media platforms.

Kat Thompson
Author: Kat Thompson