Open SLO Program

Open SLO is a new pilot program operated by the City of San Luis Obispo.

This program was approved by City Council in May of 2020 and will be in place for up to one year.

Why Open SLO?

This program allows for the expanded use of city streets and public spaces to help support the economic recovery of local businesses and provide additional opportunities for responsible physical distancing within our community.

How does Open SLO work?

Open SLO includes a variety of strategies, including temporary street closures within the downtown to allow local restaurants and retailers to expand their footprints into the street, use of Mission Plaza and other city-owned spaces for take-out dining downtown, addition of parklets to expand sidewalk space, and other quick-build strategies to improve safety and access for residents jogging, bicycling and strolling in their neighborhoods. Open SLO activities are an inclusive environment and ALL community members are welcome.

Take advantage of the free Open Seating!

The City of San Luis Obispo has set up several tables and chairs (with appropriate social distancing measures) throughout Open SLO for the public to use! We encourage you to grab a meal from a downtown restaurant and pull up a seat to enjoy some fresh air. Need to just take a minute to rest? Feel free to do that too!

When and Where is Open SLO?

Location and Hours for July 9 – July 12:

Don’t miss the Sidewalk Sale on July 11th!

Where can I Park?

For more information on parking please visit

Which stores & restaurants are participating?

It varies by the week! Your best bet is to hop on your bike, ride the bus, take the dog for a walk, or use the free parking and explore your options!

Be sure to visit Open SLO on July 11th, 2020 for the Sidewalk Sale hosted by HumanKind Fair Trade.

For more information on the Open SLO program,

please visit