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COVID-19 Updates: Get the latest public information related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at ReadySLO.org.

Environmental Health Services is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm and serving one customer at a time (plus one additional person for those with a translator or who require physical assistance).  Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting outside and call the office at (805) 781-5544 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/ContactEHS for questions or to coordinate for special arrangements. Please visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/CurrentEHSOperations for current EHS COVID-19 guidance documents or ReadySLO.org.

The Health Agency is actively responding to COVID-19 and continuing to provide other essential services. Please see updates from Animal Services, Behavioral Health, Public Guardian and Public Health

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Environmental Health Supervisors

Leslie Terry

(805) 781-5553; [email protected]

  • Beach Water Quality, Cross-Connection, Land Use, Small Public Water Systems, Water Well Programs and Vector Programs

Aaron LaBarre

(805) 781-5595; [email protected]

  • Body Art, Food Protection, Swimming Pools and Spas.

Peter Hague 

(805) 781-5554; [email protected]

  • Hazardous Materials (CUPA) Programs
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Current Environmental Health Services Operations

Author: Environmental Health Services Staff
Date: 7/8/2020 12:11:59 PM

Operational Changes and COVID-19 Guidelines and Information


Please visit the ReadySLO Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page or the state's Blueprint Activity for Business Tiers document for the latest information and guidance on reopening restaurants, public swimming pools, water parks, and body art facilities, as well as future reopening plans for organized overnight camps.

Effective April 28th, 2021

California has a Blueprint for a Safer Economy for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. As of April 28th, 2021, the County of San Luis Obispo is in the Moderate (Tier 3- Orange) county risk level of the color-tiered framework. 

Restaurants may open indoors with modifications with a maximum of 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. 

Bars may open outdoors with modifications where no meal is provided.  For indoor service, alcohol sales are made in the same transaction as a meal with a maximum of 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, using restaurant guidance.

Note: Bars can provide outdoor alcoholic beverage-only service as long as ABC and their local jurisdiction allow it.  Seating at bars and counters is limited to maintain at least six feet of distance from customers and work areas/stations. 

Wineries, breweries, and distilleries may open indoors with modifications with a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 

Outdoor public swimming pools are allowed to remain open.  

Outdoor hot tubs/spas can open only for use by household groups or in cases where six feet of distancing can be maintained. 

Indoor Pools that are under the same roof as a gym, can open with modifications with a maximum of 25% capacity.

Indoor Pools that are not under the same roof as a gym, can open with modifications

Indoor hot tubs/spas, saunas and steam rooms are required to continue to suspend operations.  

Outdoor Water Parks must limit visitors to a maximum of 25% capacity and Indoor Water Parks with pools and rides limited to a maximum of 15% capacity. Please see the CDPH guidelines released April 28, 2021.

Body art facilities can open indoor with modifications during any Tier. 

Organized Overnight Camps, under current state guidance, can open with modifications after June 1, 2021 once CDPH Overnight Sleepaway Camps guidelines are released.

For general COVID-19 information, please visit ReadySLO or call (805) 543-2444.

To file a COVID-19 related complaint, please call (805) 788-2222.

COVID-19 Supplemental Guidance Documents

Ready to Reopen Toolkit

Face Covering Signage English

Face Covering Signage Spanish

Model On-Site Dining Signage for Food Facilities

Model Social Distancing Signage for Grocery Stores

Model Social Distancing Signage for Hazmat Facilities

Ready to Reopen Toolkit

General Cleaning and Disinfection

Disinfection Guidance (English)​

Disinfection Guidance (Spanish)​

Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products

Workplace Guidance for Worker Positive for COVID-19

Workplace Guidance for Worker Positive for COVID-19

Food Safety

For reopening procedures and to refer to state guidelines for modified conditions to operate, please visit ReadySLO's Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page or the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy page.

Supplemental Guidelines

Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries 

Retail Food Facilities Guidance Planning Checklist English

Retail Food Facilities Guidance Planning Checklist Spanish

Guidance for Food Facilities InfoGraphic English

Guidance for Food Facilities InfoGraphic Spanish

Outdoor Dining Consideration Points

Guidance for Food Delivery and Pickup

Use of Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operations

Certified Farmers' Markets

For reopening procedures and to refer to state guidelines for modified conditions to operate, please visit ReadySLO's Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page or the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy page.

Supplemental Guidelines

Guidance for Certified Farmers' Markets InfoGraphic English

Guidance for Certified Farmers' Markets InfoGraphic Spanish

Community Events with Temporary Food Facilities 

Please monitor the County’s COVID-19 website at ReadySLO to identify when Community Events, such as street fairs, can complete the process of approval to operate.  COVID-19 modification procedures for Community Events will be posted on ReadySLO once they are made available by the California Department of Public Health. Please also consult with other relevant permitting agencies before planning for your event.  Environmental Health Services only permits food operations at these events. Please feel free to contact Environmental Health Services at 805-781-5544 regarding questions about interim application processing for all food-related programs.

Supplemental Guidelines

ReadySLO Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hazardous Materials

For reopening procedures and to refer to state guidelines for modified conditions to operate, please visit ReadySLO's Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page or the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy page.

Supplemental Guidelines

Guidance for Hazmat Facilities InfoGraphic English

Guidance for Hazmat Facilities InfoGraphic Spanish

Body Art Facilities

For reopening procedures and to refer to state guidelines for modified conditions to operate, please visit ReadySLO's Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page or the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy page.

Supplemental Guidelines

Expanded Personal Care Services

Body Art Facilities InfoGraphic English

Body Art Facilities InfoGraphic Spanish

Body Art Guidance Planning Checklist English

Body Art Guidance Planning Checklist Spanish

Body Art Sample Cleaning Log

Public Swimming Pools, Public Spa Pools, and Water Parks

For reopening procedures and to refer to state guidelines for modified conditions to operate, please visit ReadySLO's Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page or Blueprint for a Safer Economy page.  

Campgrounds / RV Parks

Outdoor Recreation (including apartments and HOAs)

Fitness Centers / Gyms

Hotels 

Water Parks

Supplemental Guidelines

Public Swimming Pool InfoGraphic English

Public Swimming Pool InfoGraphic Spanish

Public Swimming Pool Reopening Procedures Checklist English

Public Swimming Pool Reopening Procedures Checklist Spanish

Organized Camps  (Overnight Sleepaway Camps)

Organized Camps (Overnight Sleepaway Camps) can open with modifications after June 1, 2021 as long as the county does not revert to Tier-1 Widespread (Purple). Once the California Department of Public Health releases the guidelines, they will be available on the ReadySLO Guidance and Instructions for Safe Operations page.