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City of San Luis Obispo facilities to temporarily close amid concerns of COVID-19

Posted at 9:24 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 00:24:16-04

City officials say in order to further reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19 in our community, the City of San Luis Obispo is announcing temporary, precautionary changes to City facilities and operations that will help to protect the public and City employees, according to press release Sunday night.

Although facilities will be temporarily closed to the public, the City will continue to provide all essential services to the community. This will be accomplished by phone, email and online services that limit person to person contact.

“To protect our community, we need to take serious action now to suppress the spread of COVID-19 which will require temporarily limiting access to City Hall and other City facilities,” said City Manager, Derek Johnson. “We will continue to provide services, such as public safety, that our community relies on during these difficult times and will utilize technology to continue to be available to answer questions and provide information.”

The following changes will be effective Monday, March 16, through the end of March, or until such time that appropriate measures are in place to ensure public health and safety.

The following public counters at City offices will be closed and operations changed, but service will be available using the following information:

  • City Hall, 990 Palm Street:
  • Finance – (805) 781-7124
  • Community Development and Public Works, 919 Palm Street
  • Community Development – (805) 781-7170
  • Public Works – (805) 781-7200
  • Parks and Recreation Department, 1341 Nipomo Street – (805) 781-7300
  • Youth and Adult Sport programs are temporarily suspended
  • All youth and adult activity classes are temporarily suspended
  • Group play and reserved programs at Damon-Garcia Fields are temporarily suspended
  • Parking Services, 2030 Chorro Street – (805) 781-7230
  • Corporation Yard, 25 Prado Road – (805) 781-7200
  • Fire Department, 2160 Santa Barbara Street – (805) 781-7380
  • Should members of the public arrive at Fire Station 1 needing emergency assistance, a “red-phone” is located at the front door which is connected directly to emergency dispatch. Additionally, a doorbell can be also pressed to alert the Station crew. As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, please continue to call 911.
  • Police Department, 1042 Walnut Street – (805) 781-7317
  • Police Records will continue to be available for public records release, property release and 290 registrations. Appointments can be made at the above listed number.
  • Until further notice, officers will handle non-emergency calls for service or calls that do not require an officer to respond in person by phone.Community members can also file non-emergency reports via the Department’s online reporting system at [].
  • There have been no changes to our staffing and officers will continue to be deployed to respond to emergency calls for service.
  • All public parks and open spaces will remain open.

The following City facilities and activities will be closed unless otherwise noted:

  • Senior Center, 1445 Santa Rosa Street – (805) 781-7306
  • Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street - (805) 781-7222
  • Jack House, 536 Marsh Street – (805) 781-7300
  • SLO Swim Center, 902 Southwood Drive - (805) 781-7288
  • Laguna Lake Golf Course, 11175 Los Osos Valley Road - (805) 781-7309
    • Open for general play.

City Hall will open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th for the scheduled City Council meeting, but in accordance with the new guidance from the State.

Due to the requirements for social distancing, there will be limited capacity for public attendance.

Community members are strongly encouraged to watch City Council meetings live on cable channel 20 or on the City’s website ( []). The public can also submit public comment for meetings in advance by emailing

If you have questions about public meetings or need additional accommodations, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at or (805) 781-7100.

All Advisory Body meetings scheduled at City Hall for the week of March 16th have been postponed and will resume when the City completes plans for the public and advisory body members to use technology to provide input in an effort to limit person to person contact.

Please visit [] for up to date information regarding COVID-19, to learn more information about how you can prepare and see answers to frequently asked questions.

For general questions, the public can call (805) 781-7100 or email