COVID-19 Response

May 28, 2020 UPDATE

Temporary Outdoor Dining Area Certification:
As local businesses begin to reopen, the City is allowing for the temporary use of onsite space for outdoor dining in order to aid restaurants to maintain physical distancing requirements. Restaurants interested in this temporary program shall submit the certification form below, along with the required processing fee. Please note that restaurants need to coordinate their dining plans with property owners during this period.

Temporary Outdoor Dining Area Certification Form 

May 19, 2020 UPDATE

The City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance O-2020-004, which requires face coverings to be worn by employees when interacting with the public when 6 ft minimum distancing can not be kept. Additionally, it requires businesses that are open in the City to post information at the entrances to their business. Sample signs have been provided of both signs to be fully compliant. 

Click to download the sample sign: Be Respectful Wear a Mask

Click to download the sample sign: Face Covering CDC

State-Sponsored Testing Poster (English)

May 5, 2020 Update

In an effort to help small businesses and keep our community safe, the City will allow the use of the public Right of Way to maintain social distancing with an approved encroachment permit and waiver. To view the application and waiver, Click Here

April 7, 2020 Update

City Manager Jim Lewis interviews Police Chief Jake Miller about the latest on COVID-19, beach patrols, how the police department is adapting, and answering questions we have been hearing from the community. 

Click Here to watch. 

March 31, 2020 Update 

On today’s Business and Lodging Webinar, Judy Mahan, the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Cal Poly shared the following links with information for small businesses. To obtain information and sign up with SBDC, go to the following page:

For information on the EIDL loan please visit:

For information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loands please visit:

Additional information

  • California Health Corps: This morning, Governor Newsom launched a new initiative to expand the State’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. California health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or medical disaster response teams are being encouraged to enlist in this new effort, the California Health Corps.

    In addition to the California Health Corps announcement, the Governor also signed an Executive Order (attached) that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff an additional 50,000 hospital beds in the State to treat COVID-19 patients. The Executive Order contains a number of items intended to temporarily increase the size of the healthcare workforce, including: flexibility related to certain staffing ratios, certification requirements, permitting requirements, and licensing requirements.
    Extended Stay Home: On March 29th, the president extended the nation’s Slow the Spread campaign until April 30th. The White House’s initial “15-Day Plan” was set to expire today, but after evaluating the US epidemic, the White House determined that the measures needed to remain in place in order to slow transmission across the country. California, and a number of other states and cities, have implemented more restrictive and mandatory social distancing programs, but the national guidelines provide a minimum standard for individuals, families, and businesses nationwide.
  • FEMA: As of March 29th, FEMA had obligated $862 million in federal support for the state of California, including $469 million to the state to reimburse costs related to the COVID-19 response.
  • Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: On March 28th, The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published updated guidance on essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response.
  • PPE Optimization: The CDC released personal protective equipment optimization strategies for healthcare providers to optimize resources, deal with limited resources and make contingency plans or alternative strategies when supplies are limited.
  • Foreclosures and Evictions: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a moratorium on foreclosure sand evictions for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.

March 25, 2020 Update

Hotline for Shelter at Home Violations
The City has created a hotline to report large group gatherings and businesses that may be violating the Shelter at Home Order, (805) 773-2208.

Pismo Beach Pier Closed
Effective, March 25, 2020, until further notice, the Pismo Beach Pier will be closed. It became too difficult to ensure social distancing, therefore it was determined that the Pier should be closed at this time. 

The beach will remain open, however it is only open for walking a short time. No loitering is allowed and social distancing will be enforced. 

City Parking Lots and Parking Meters
Parking at all City owned parking lots and parking meters will be changed to one-hour only. 

Planning and Building Applications
The City will continue to accept planning and building applications during our modified closure. Building staff will issue over the counter permits and essential building permits (life safety) only. Inspections may continue for permits that have already been issued. 

March 24, 2020 Update
The City of Pismo Beach is committed to keeping the community informed on the latest information that is available. On March 17, 2020, the City Council ratified the Proclamation of a Local Emergency. 

Resolution R-2020-026 Ratifying Proclamation of Local Emergency COVID-19

COVID-19 Update Videos

County of San Luis Obispo 

For the latest information from the County, please visit

  • On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the Emergency Services Director for San Luis Obispo County issued a Shelter at Home Order for the County of San Luis Obispo.  This order takes effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm. 
  • On March 21, 2020 at 11:30 am this Executive Order was UPDATED.  Please read the updated order carefully.  Violation of or failure to comply with this order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.
  • Amended Order: Amended Executive Order #1 - Mandatory Shelter at Home
  • Original Order: Executive Order - Mandatory Shelter at Home

Guidelines for Businesses, Employers and Employees



Food and Prescriptions for Self-Isolating Residents

The County of San Luis Obispo is initiating a program to procure food and prescription medication for self-isolating seniors (65+) and individuals with chronic medical conditions who do not have access to other means of procurement (e.g. family, friends, neighbors, caregivers, or other community organizations). 

There are limited services to support residents who need help procuring food and/or prescription medication.

If you can contact someone else to assist you, please reach out to them first. Consider your family, friends, neighbors, caregivers, or other community organizations.

To Apply for the Program

Apply Online Here

You can also call the Phone Assistance Center at 805-543-2444 to apply.

After your request is submitted, you will be contacted by County staff with more information.  

Program Details

Who qualifies for this program? 

Seniors (65 and over) and individuals with chronic medical conditions.   

What will be provided in the food delivery? 

The groceries will include dry goods, protein, and fresh produce.  The quantities will last one individual 3-7 days. The delivery will accommodate the number of people in need.

What if I have other questions? 

Please call the County’s Phone Assistance Center at 805-543-2444.  You can also call this number to get signed up.