Orders & Guidance

Health officer orders have changed throughout the pandemic based on the level of transmission in our communities. See the latest orders currently in effect, as well as the latest guidance and best practices for staying safe.

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Health Officer Orders

Guidance has changed throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.  See the latest local and state health officer orders below.

Current Local Orders

Current State Orders

State Orders by Topic


Guidance and Best Practices

Guidance has changed throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. See current guidance and best practices below.


Overview of Current Restrictions

  • Face masks: Face masks are required in all indoor public places, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Capacity limits: Capacity limits in place for mega events.
  • Physical distancing: No current restrictions.


Additional restrictions and required precautions may apply to specific industries and settings, including health care, congregate care, correctional, and youth settings (including schools and childcare). See more here.



State Guidance

See all state guidance by topic area.

 See State Guidance 



Local Guidance and Best Practices

These documents summarize some of the requirements and best practices for youth sports, performing arts, childcare and large events.

 See SLO County Best Practices Documents 

For additional information, see CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities.



Face Masks

On September 1, 2021, the County of San Luis Obispo Health Officer issued a Health Officer Order requiring face masks in all indoor public places. The mandate applies to all people, both unvaccinated and vaccinated. Read the full update here.

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In addition, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for Face Coverings (issued December 13, 2021) which recommends face masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Read the full text here.


Mega Event Guidance

Mega Events are characterized by large crowds greater than 500 (indoors) and 5,000 (outdoors) attendees. Mega Events may have either assigned or unassigned seating, and may be either general admission or gated, ticketed and permitted events. 

Prior to attending an event, attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event.

See Mega Event Guidance