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COVID-19: SLO County clarifies minimum basic operations, essential travel, and enforcement of shelter at home order 

minimum basic operations, essential travel, and enforcement of shelter at home order

SLO County issues amendment to shelter at home order

San Luis Obispo County’s executive order to Shelter At Home issued by County Emergency Services Director Wade Horton on March 19, 2020, has been amended to provide additional clarity for residents and businesses.

The amendment to the Shelter At Home Order establishes definitions for “Minimum Basic Operations” and “Essential Travel” which will clarify allowable business operations and travel. The emergency order remains in effect until April 17, 2020. It will be reviewed every 14 days to evaluate the need to continue the order. The intent of the order is to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in San Luis Obispo County by ensuring that the maximum number of people self-quarantine in their places of residence to the maximum extent possible while enabling essential services to continue.

Minimum Basic Operations

Minimum Basic Operations shall mean the necessary activities related to security, maintaining the value of inventory, processing payroll, and benefits, processing accounts payable/receivables, and ensuring that employees are working remotely. The term Minimum Basic Operations does not include opening the place of business to members of the public.

Essential Travel

Essential Travel includes travel within or without the County, or between the various counties, for any of the following purposes:

  • (a) Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions or Services, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
  • (b) Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
  • (c) Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
  • (d) Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
  • (e) Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • (f) Travel necessary to vote in any election or to lodge protests for any new or proposed increase to any tax, assessment or property-related fee.
  • (g) Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the county. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.



Pursuant to Government Code sections 26602 and 4160 l and Health and Safety Code section l O l 029, the Health Officer requests that the sheriff and all chiefs of police in the County ensure compliance with and enforce this order. The violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health.

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