From all of us at Santa Monica Travel & Tourism we wish you good health and peace in these troubling times. The health and safety of both visitors and residents is our highest priority and Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, the City of Santa Monica and our local hospitality partners are closely monitoring the growing coronavirus situation and its impact on inbound travel to Santa Monica and the greater region.
It is important to obtain accurate information about Coronavirus from reliable resources. Please visit the following for dependable data:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need to wear a mask or face covering?
Face coverings are required throughout the State of California. Face coverings save lives and help stop the spread of COVID-19. View guidance from California Department of Public Health on the use of face coverings here.
Santa Monica businesses are permitted to refuse service to any person who does not wear a face covering or fails to comply with social distancing. Administrative citations for failing to wear face coverings, for individuals, as $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation.
Find full details on face covering requirements here.
2. Is the beach open?
Beaches in Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica State Beach, are open to the public. Beach volleyball courts are currently open only for organized team or league play and are not open for public/drop in use. Parks and playgrounds are open for public use. Physical distancing and face masks are required.
3. Can I ride or walk on the bike bath?
The beach bike path is open for safe recreation. Remember to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a face covering. Looking to get in some more exercise? Check out these virtual wellness experiences from Santa Monica partners.
4. Is Original Muscle Beach open?
Open to the public. Masks and physical distancing are required.
5. Can we go to the Pier?
The Santa Monica Pier has reopened to the public and remains accessible on a limited basis. The Pier is closed overnight. Public safety officials continue to monitor the Pier and may close portions or all of the Pier on a temporary basis with limited notice to prevent groups from gathering or if maximum occupancy is reached. Face masks and social distancing are required. Please stay safe and travel responsibly.
If you are looking for fun activities to do as a family that you can do while at home, many Santa Monica businesses are offering virtual activities for children.
6. What hotels are open?
Currently 40 of Santa Monica’s 41 hotels are open for leisure travel. For a list of open hotels, please click here.
7. What’s the best way to dine local right now?
Restaurants are currently allowed to provide food for limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery.
Latest Coronavirus Updates
April 1, 2021
L.A. County Qualifies for Orange Tier Threshold, Additional Re-Openings with Safety Measures Set for Monday, April 5
Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Today, the State released updated numbers; L.A. County’s adjusted case rate dropped from 3.7 new cases per 100,000 people to 3.1 new cases per 100,000 people. The test positivity rate dropped from 1.8% to 1.5% and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, L.A. County’s test positivity rate dropped from 2.5% to 2.1%.
A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. This allows the County to follow the state guidelines and wait until three weeks are completed in the red tier to be sure that case numbers do not rise this third week since the County’s earlier re-openings. The Health Officer Order and modified directives for businesses will be posted this Friday, with an effective date of April 5. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) teams will be available this week and through the weekend to provide information about upcoming changes, allowing establishments to be prepared for full compliance with the required safety modifications.
On April 5, assuming County case numbers do not increase, the following changes will be made to the Health Officer Order:
- Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted, and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.
- Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less with continued safety modifications.
- Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables.
- Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
- Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.
- Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
- Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.
- Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
- Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 or a mask with a face shield.
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
- Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.
More information can be found on the LA County Health COVID-19 website.
March 15, 2021
L.A. County Announces Sector Safety Measures for Red Tier Re-Openings
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has qualified for the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy less restrictive red tier that allows for additional re-openings. The County is principally aligned with the state’s reopening framework for the red tier, with mandatory masking, distancing and infection control practices for every business and permitted activity. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for certain sectors.
Newly permitted activities and modified safety protocols in the red tier includes the following:
- Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
- Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
- Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
- Retail and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
- Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions: 8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Public Health strongly recommends that all restaurant employees interacting with customers indoors are provided with additional masking protection (above the currently required face shield over face masks); this can be fit tested N95 masks, KN95 masks, or double masks and a face shield. In addition, Public Health strongly recommends that all employees working indoors are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.
- Indoor Shopping Malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
- Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
- Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
- Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing.
For information about vaccine appointments in L.A. County and when your turn is coming up, to sign up for a vaccination newsletter, and much more, visit: VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.
County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, publichealth.lacounty.gov.
January 26, 2021
Yesterday, the State lifted the Regional Stay Home Order and moved all counties back into the Blueprint for a Safer Economy color-coded tiers. Los Angeles County, along with the majority of the State, is in the most restrictive purple tier.
With the lifting of the Regional Stay Home Order, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order that was issued on November 25 is now in effect until a new Health Officer Order is issued later this week to more fully align with the sector openings permitted in the purple tier.
The following is allowed with adherence to all of the sector specific directives to ensure distancing, wearing of face coverings, and infection control:
- Private gatherings outdoors up to 3 households and up to a total of 15 people
- Museums, zoos, aquariums outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
- Cardrooms outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
- Miniature golf, go karts, batting cages outdoor operations at 50% occupancy
- Outdoor recreational activities are open
- Hotels & motels for tourism and individual travel allowed
- Fitness facilities open for outdoor operations
- Personal care services open indoors at 25% capacity
- Indoor mall, shopping center, lower-risk retail open at 25% indoor capacity; food courts and common areas closed
The following restrictions remain in effect until January 29:
- Restaurants, wineries and breweries remain open for pick-up, delivery, and take-out only.
- Non-essential businesses closed from 10pm to 5am
Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others.
January 10, 2021
Out of an abundance of caution and to contribute to regional efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Pier will temporarily close Sunday, January 10 and remaining weekends in January. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home as much as possible and the closure is part of meeting this need.
The Santa Monica Pier will temporarily be closed on the following days:
- Sunday, January 10, 2021
- Thursday, January 14, 2021
- Friday, January 15, 2021
- Saturday, January 16, 2021
- Sunday, January 17, 2021
- Monday, January 18, 2021
- Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Saturday, January 23, 2021
- Sunday, January 24, 2021
Santa Monica Pier is open 6am – 10pm weekdays during January 2021. During this limited operational phase, some shops and restaurants will be open, some with limited hours and services. Guests can still take a break, enjoy the fresh air and support the shops and restaurants that have reopened for take out.
December 30, 2020
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Pier will temporarily close for the New Year’s holiday weekend. The closure will be effective at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 through 6 a.m. on Monday, January 4. The closure aligns with public health officials’ plea with members of the public to stay home as much as possible and dissuade the public from gathering in crowds.
December 23, 2020
The City of Santa Monica has closed all staffed cashier’s booths in beach parking lots. If you are visiting Santa Monica beach during this holiday season, please plan to pay for beach parking at the payment kiosks located in the parking lot.
December 7, 2020
Los Angeles County has released a Revised Targeted Temporary Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19 (12/6/20), which went into effect in Los Angeles County last night at 11:59 PM, and will go to at least 11:59 PM (PST) on December 27, 2020.
A list of the businesses, recreational sites, commercial properties, and activities which are closed are listed on page six of the Revised Temporary Order. To align and comply with the State’s December 3, 2020 Regional Stay Home Order, in addition to the businesses that were already closed, the Health Officer orders the closure of the following:
- Family entertainment centers for all activities
- This includes (but is not limited to) closure of miniature golf, go-karts, and batting cages
- Indoor playgrounds
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Personal Care Services, including (but not limited to) closure of hair salons and barbershops
This order may be extended beyond December 27, 2020 if the projections of the Southern California Region’s total available adult ICU bed capacity is less than 15%.
December 1, 2020
Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order
Los Angeles County has released a revised County Health Officer Order (HOO): Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19: Tier 1 Substantial Surge Response, November 28, 2020.
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging, L.A. County announced additional safety modifications that become effective today, Monday, November 30, 2020 and remain in effect for three weeks through December 20, 2020.
The new temporary order aims to reduce the risk of transmission by:
- Asking individuals to remain in their homes and with their immediate households as much as possible;
- Reducing mingling with others not in your household;
- Requiring everyone to wear a face covering whenever they are engaging in activities outside their homes where they are, or can be, in contact with others not in their households;
- Reducing capacity at sites where non-household members mingle to avoid crowding.
All public and private gatherings and events with individuals not from the same household are prohibited, except for faith-based services and protests.
Residents are still permitted to travel to and from essential businesses, work or provide services to a healthcare operation or essential business; residents may also engage in essential activities, or participate in permitted individual or household outdoor and indoor activities while practicing required distancing, infection control and masking.
Restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries remain closed for in-person dining and drinking. They are permitted to remain open for pick-up, delivery, and take-out and breweries and wineries may remain open for retail sales at 20% occupancy.
November 23, 2020
Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order to Restrict Dining at Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Bars Amid Surge in Cases
As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars as the five-day average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m.
To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next three weeks. Click here to view the county’s press release.
November 20, 2020
Revised Health Officer Order: Los Angeles County Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread Start November 20
Los Angeles County issued a revised order, Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control or COVID-19 on November 19, effective as of November 20, which will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals.
COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 900 a day to well over 1,000 a day in same time period.
The first measures, effective on Friday, November 20 are:
- For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
- The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.
- The number customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
- Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
- Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
- Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
- Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.
California Imposes ‘Limited’ Curfew Due to COVID-19 Surge
Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a mandatory overnight stay-at-home order that will be instituted throughout most of California to combat a surge in new coronavirus cases, a measure that comes just days after the governor enacted a dramatic rollback of reopenings in much of the state.
The order issued by the California Department of Public Health will prohibit most nonessential activity outside the home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the strictest tier of the state’s reopening roadmap – the purple tier. The restriction goes into effect Saturday and lasts through December 21, though it could be extended.
September 3, 2020
Hair Salons and Barbershops can Reopen at 25% Capacity for Indoor Services
Effective Wednesday September 2, hair salons and barbershops can reopen at 25% occupancy for indoor services as long as they have infection control safeguards in place and comply with the County’s Health Officer Order (HOO) Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons and Barbershops, which require physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers. As permitted by the state, hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to maintain as many operations outdoors as possible. Please note that personal care services and spas are not considered hair salons and barbershops.
July 20, 2020
Salons Permitted to Offer Outdoor Services
With new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, some barbering and cosmetology services are allowed to be offered outside. Permitted outdoor services include skin care, cosmetology, nail services, and massage therapy. Chemical hair services, electrolysis, tattooing and piercing services are not allowed indoors or outdoors in Los Angeles County.
July 13, 2020
LA County Announces Additional Closures
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the following sectors must stop indoor operations effective July 13.
- Fitness centers
- Worship services
- Offices for non-critical sectors
- Personal care services
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Indoor malls
July 2, 2020
Enjoy Santa Monica Safely During July 4th Holiday
Your health and safety is the first priority for Santa Monica Travel & Tourism. Ahead of the July 4th holiday we remind you that our beaches, the Santa Monica Pier, beach bike path and beach parking lots are closed in an effort to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19.
Celebrate the 4th of July safely this year by avoiding:
- Confined Spaces
- Close Contact
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health also shares the following reminders:
- Only gather with members of your household.
- Wear a cloth face covering when outside your home and around others.
- Do not share: utensils, cups, food, drinks.
- If you are sick, remain isolated away from everyone.
Santa Monica Strengthens Face Covering Requirement
Face coverings are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. The City of Santa Monica has strengthened requirements. Businesses can refuse service to any person who does not wear a face covering or fails to comply with social distancing. The new supplement also authorizes administrative citations for failing to wear face coverings, for individuals, as $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation.
The supplement clarifies that the face covering requirement applies:
- When individuals are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private spaces, including, but not limited to, walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities, meaning that a face covering must be visible and ready to be immediately put on whenever a moving person approaches within 30 feet of a non-household member;
- When patronizing a business, including while standing in line to enter any business;
- When obtaining services from healthcare operations, unless otherwise directed by the healthcare provider;
- When obtaining services from and while inside or at any location or facility engaging in essential government functions;
- When waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
- When driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present;
- When participating in an in-person protest; and
- When engaged in work, either at a business or off-site (other than at one’s own residence) and (i) interacting in-person with any member of the public; (ii) working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; (iii) working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; (iv) working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; or (v) in any room or enclosed area where people who are non-household members are present and unable to maintain a minimum six-foot separation from one another.
Exemptions from the face covering requirement apply to the following:
- Persons younger than two years old;
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
- Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;
- Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
- Persons who are (i) outdoors alone or with household members; (ii) stationary; and (iii) maintaining at least six feet between the edge of the area they are in and the edge of the next closest person’s area;
- Persons who are actively engaged in a water-based activity, including, but not limited to, swimming and surfing.
- Persons compliant with the County Department of Health’s Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining under which customers who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service are not required to wear face coverings while they are eating or drinking;
- Persons wearing personal protective equipment (“PPE”), such as medical-grade N95 respirator or a similar mask that is more protective than a face covering;
- Persons compliant with any other reopening protocol issued by the County Department of Health authorizing persons to remove their face coverings.
- Santa Monica’s order is in effect until July 31, 2020.
Find full details of the strengthened requirements here.
Los Angeles County Restaurants Halt Indoor Dining and Announces New Requirements for Gyms
Both the State of California and Los Angeles County Department of Health have announced new rollbacks of re-opening efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For Santa Monica, this effects indoor dining and gyms. Effective July 1 until further notice,
- Restaurants are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor dining, delivery and take-out permitted.
- Indoor areas of museums, zoos and aquariums are closed.
- Card rooms and satellite wagering facilities are closed.
- Staff and patrons of gyms must wear cloth face coverings and gloves.
June 30, 2020
Santa Monica Beaches Close for July 4th Holiday Weekend
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is ordering L.A. County beaches, including those in Santa Monica, closed from July 3 through July 6 at 5:00 a.m. to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19.
All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points will be temporarily closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020, until 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020. For more information, please read the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s news release.
Bars Close in Los Angeles County
Effective as of Sunday, June 28th, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs in Los Angeles County effective immediately. The order is aimed at helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more information, view the California Department of Public Health press release.
June 19, 2020
LA County Allows Reopening for Bars, Personal Care and More
A modified Health Officer Order and directives for the reopening of additional businesses was issued with an effective date of June 19. The Health Officer Order allows for the following sectors to reopen once they implement the required protocols for infection control and distancing:
- Personal care services: including esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent make-up; and piercing shops; and massage therapy
- Bars, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks with no spectators
June 12, 2020
LA County Moves to Reopen Leisure Travel, Gyms, Fitness Facilities Day Camps, Museums and Galleries and More
Los Angeles County public health experts and government officials have announced leisure travel can resume in the county effective Friday, June 12, permitting our hotels to welcome back visitors. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health announced that the Health Officer Order will be modified to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors. Please note that businesses in these sectors may not be open right away. Please plan ahead and call to inquire if a business you’re interested in visiting is open or not.
- Gyms and fitness facilities
- Professional sports without live audiences
- Day camps
- Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
- Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
- Music, film and television production
- Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel
June 9, 2020
Los Angeles County Allow Restaurants and Salons to Re-Open
As of May 29, Los Angeles County has announced that restaurants may resume in-person dining and hair salons and barbershops may re-open with additional safeguards in place. Nail salons and other spa services such as massages, waxing and facials remained closed. Please call ahead to ensure the business you wish to visit is open and remember that face coverings are still required when outside your home.