On March 13, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo declared a local emergency due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in SLO County.

On March 18, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo issued a Shelter At Home Order, effective March 19, 2020 at 5 PM. On April 16, 2020, the Order was extended through May 16, 2020. The County is now following all State guidance regarding Sheltering at Home and reopening.

On March 24, 2020, the Arroyo Grande City Council adopted Resolution No. 4975 expressly affirming actions of the County of San Luis Obispo related to the COVID-19 pandemic as applicable and enforceable within the City’s jurisdiction, including specifically County Emergency Services Director Orders 3 and 4, which establish regulations for the suspension of evictions and mandatory shelter at home regulations, respectively.

For updates, press releases and resources on COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County, visit A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19. The County can also be emailed at

City of Arroyo Grande Response

On March 17, 2020, in response to the status of the COVID-19/novel coronavirus outbreak, the City Manager, acting within his authority as the City’s Director of Emergency Services, signed a Proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency within the City of Arroyo Grande in order to gain access to additional resources. Pursuant to State law, the City Council ratified the action at its March 24, 2020 Regular Meeting by adopting Resolution No. 4974.

To protect the safety and health of the community and its employees, and in accordance with the County’s Executive Order to Shelter at Home, the City of Arroyo Grande has temporarily closed its community centers and public counters at City Hall, Corporation Yard (Public Works), and Recreation Services until further notice. Public counters at the Five Cities Fire Authority are also closed. The public can call the City’s main telephone line at (805) 473-5400 or send an email to for more information about the City’s response or services during this time. A staff directory can be found here.

In accordance with both the Countywide and Statewide order, the City will continue to provide essential governmental services to the community during this time, including police, fire, water treatment and distribution, wastewater conveyance, construction services, public works infrastructure, and other general operations. 

On July 14, 2020 City Council adopted two Urgency Ordinances. Review the City’s Ordinance regarding enforcing all State and County Orders related to COVID-19 and the ability to issue citations and penalties.

Halloween 2020

City of Arroyo Grande Halloween Decorating Challenge and More

Halloween Events in Arroyo Grande  - How to Safely Celebrate


The City’s Community Development Department is pleased to offer an opportunity to local businesses to establish parklets for use as additional outdoor space during the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening process. Applications were due August 7, 2020 and parklets were installed mid-August.

Review Parklet Information and Guidance

Complaint Procedures

For inquiries related to potential violations of the County’s Shelter at Home Order occurring within Arroyo Grande, please contact City enforcement at (805) 473-5404 or, or County enforcement at (805) 788-2222, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are witnessing a serious violation of the physical distancing order NOW, you may call the Arroyo Grande Police Department at 805-473-5100 to report your observations and the next available Officer will respond to investigate. Information regarding the County’s Shelter at Home Order, including lists of essential and non-essential businesses, is available at

Relief Efforts

Communities and households across the Central Coast are facing severe economic hardships as we try to overcome this COVID-19 crisis, and economic relief is on the way.

Local public and private leaders from both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have come together as an informal coalition to provide economic relief. Resources as a result of this work can be found at

Virtual Recreation

Stay connected with virtual recreation opportunities.

Messages from City Leaders

Message from Mayor Ray Russom Regarding the City’s Declaration of a Local Emergency (March 17, 2020)

City Press Releases Regarding COVID-19

Any News Releases that have since expired can be found in the website archives here.

State Releases COVID-19 Rules for Private Gatherings (October 13, 2020)

K-12 Schools Can Reopen for Modified In-Person Instruction in SLO County (October 6, 2020)

Halloween Events in Arroyo Grande  - How to Safely Celebrate (October 5, 2020)

County Health Officer Issues Guidance for Safer Halloween Activities During COVID-19 (October 5, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Halloween Decorating Challenge and More (October 2, 2020)

State Officials Announce Equity Metric to More Effectively Fight COVID-19 (October 1, 2020)

State Releases Guidance for Outdoor Playgrounds, Updates School Guidance FAQs (September 29, 2020)

Getting Vaccinated Against the Flu is More Important Than Ever (September 25, 2020)

More Businesses in SLO County Can Open Indoor Operations with Modifications (September 22, 2020)

County Lifts Visitation Restrictions at Skilled Nursing Facilities (September 21, 2020)

Moving to the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint – What it Takes (September 21, 2020)

CDPH and Rabbis from Three Jewish Denominations Share a Message of Health for the High Holy Days (September 17, 2020)

COVID-19 Testing Clinics to Open in Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay on Tuesday (September 3, 2020)

New Fee for Enrichment Lab Distance Learning Program (August 31, 2020)

San Luis Obispo County Hair Salons and Barbershops Permitted to Reopen Monday (August 28, 2020)

California Public Health Officials Release Guidance for Small Supervised Groups of Children (August 26, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Announces Free WiFi For Students at Elm Street Park (August 17, 2020) 

SLO County COVID-19 Testing Criteria Expands Due to Increased Capacity (August 14, 2020)

County Health Officer Approves Modified Reopening of Higher Education Institutions (August 12, 2020)

County Public Health Works with CMC to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak (August 11, 2020)

County Health Officials Revise Number of COVID-19 Deaths After Further Investigation (August 6, 2020)

City Offers Local Businesses Opportunity to Establish Parklets (July 31, 2020)

Elementary Schools Can Now Apply for Waiver from State Ban on In-Person Instruction (July 29, 2020)

Local Health Officials Ask SLO County Residents to Avoid Social Gatherings (July 27, 2020)

Local Health Officials Seek Public Cooperation with Contact Tracers (July 27, 2020)

How to Cope with COVID-19 in SLO County (July 22, 2020)

State Orders More Business Sector Closures (July 15, 2020)

State Orders Statewide Closures, More Closures Coming Soon for SLO County (July 14, 2020)

SLO County to Offset COVID-19 Testing Costs by Charging Medical Insurance (July 8, 2020)

County Health Officials Report Third Death Due to COVID-19 (July 8, 2020)

County Health Officials Report Second Death Due to COVID-19 (July 1, 2020)

Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update (June 29, 2020)

State Now Requires Face Coverings in High-Risk Settings (June 19, 2020)

Personal Care Services Can Reopen with Modifications Friday, Weddings Allowed (June 19, 2020)

State Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Activities Protected by First Amendment (June 16, 2020)

Weekly SLO County COVID-19 Case Statistics Update (June 16, 2020)

State Releases New Guidance for More Industries to Reopen (June 9, 2020)

County Lifts Two Local Executive Orders, Issues Another (June 5, 2020)

SLO County Renters Impacted by COVID-19 Still Protected from Eviction (June 4, 2020)

Arroyo Grande City Council Returning to Bi-Weekly Regular Meeting Schedule (June 1, 2020)

Select County Library Branches to Begin Staged Reopening on Tuesday (June 1, 2020)

Places of Worship, Hair Salons and Barbershops Can Reopen in SLO County (May 27, 2020)

SLO County Can Start In-Store Shopping, Dining in Restaurants Today (May 20, 2020)

County of SLO Seeks to Show it Meets California’s New Stage 2 Variance Criteria (May 18, 2020)

County of SLO Takes Steps to Protect Public Health by Limiting Tourism (May 18, 2020)

Arroyo Grande Strawberry Celebration Cancelled (May 15, 2020)

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Now Available for Any San Luis Obispo County Resident (May 13, 2020)

First County in the State to Make the Case to the California Public Health Department The are Ready to Loosen Restrictions to Reopen (May 8, 2020)

County START Guide Phase 1 Cannot Begin on Friday, May 8 (May 5, 2020)

County of San Luis Obispo Releases Draft Steps to Adapt & Reopen Together (May 1, 2020)

Arroyo Grande to Hold Weekly City Council Meetings During COVID-19 Emergency (April 29, 2020)

County Urges Residents to Avoid Group Gatherings (April 28, 2020)

County Clarifies Shelter at Home Order Guidance (April 22, 2020)

County Guidance Allows Safe Phased Reopening of Specific Activities (April 20, 2020)

County Continues Executive Order to Shelter at Home (April 16, 2020)

Where to Call or Email for Concerns With County Shelter at Home Order (April 13, 2020)

Residents Urged to Stay Alert for Scams and Price Gouging (April 10, 2020)

Updated Guidelines for Participation in Public Meetings During the COVID-19 Emergency (April 10, 2020)

Local Health Officials Emphasize CDC Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings (April 9, 2020)

Local Leaders Begin Central Coast Economic Relief Efforts (April 8, 2020)

Health Officials Urge Residents: If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms, Get Tested (April 6, 2020)

County Continues Executive Order to Shelter at Home (April 2, 2020)

Join Us for the City of Arroyo Grande’s Virtual Egg Hunt & New Daily Recreation Activity Calendar (April 2, 2020) 

Pet Owners Asked to Prepare Care Plans (March 31, 2020)

Residents Encouraged to Visit Virtual Local Assistance Center on (March 27, 2020)

County Opens Enforcement Line to Report Executive Order Violations (March 25, 2020)

City Introduces Virtual Recreation (March 24, 2020)

Guidelines for Public Participation in City Council Meetings During COVID-19 Emergency (March 24, 2020)

Food and Prescriptions for Self-Isolating Residents (March 23, 2020)

County Issues Executive Order to Shelter At Home Starting Tomorrow (March 18, 2020)

City of Arroyo Grande Declares Existence of Local Emergency (March 17, 2020)

City Water Safe for Drinking and Washing - Current Treatment Methods Protect Against COVID-19 and Other Viruses (March 17, 2020)

City Protecting Public Health and Safety - Facilities Temporarily Closed (March 16, 2020)

City Continues to be Ready for Potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts - Program Closures (March 13, 2020)

City Ready for Potential Coronavirus Impacts and How the Community Can Help (March 5, 2020)