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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 for Safe Operations page or the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy page for the latest information and guidance on reopening restaurants, public swimming pools and body art facilities, as well as future reopening plans for water parks.

Effective March 3rd, 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 March 3rd, 2021, the County of San Luis Obispo is in the Substantial (Tier 2- Red) county risk level of the color-tiered framework.  Please visit the ReadySLO Guidance for Safe Operations page or the Blueprint for a Safer Economy page for information on the modifications.

  • Restaurants may open indoors with modifications with a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Tents can be used for outdoor dining, but only if they have a top and at least three sides that are open-air.  
  • Bars, brew pubs, breweries and pubs must close all operations both indoors and outdoors unless they have outdoor food service in compliance with the California Retail Food Code and alcohol sales are made in the same transaction as a meal.
  • Body art facilities can open indoor with modifications during any Tier. 
  • Outdoor public swimming pools are allowed to remain open with modifications.  
  • 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, indoor hot tubs/spas, saunas and steam rooms are required to continue to suspend operations, except for infant drowning rescue courses.​
  • Water parks, both indoor and outdoor, remain closed.
  • Currently, while SLO County is in the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, live community events are not allowed.

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.

Reopening Procedures Guidance Videos

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 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

Certified Farmers' Markets

For reopening procedures and to refer to state guidelines for modified conditions to operate, please visit ReadySLO's Guidance 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 

Currently, while SLO County is in the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, live community events are not allowed. 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

County of San Luis Obispo main COVID-19 public information source at ReadySLO

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Public Health  

Hazardous Materials

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

Supplemental Guidelines

Expanded Personal Care Services

Body Ar 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 and Public Spa Pools

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

Campgrounds / RV Parks

Outdoor Recreation (including apartments and HOAs)

Fitness Centers / GymsHotels 

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