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 critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  As of June 18th, 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.

Beginning July 2, The City of Santa Monica has strengthened requirements for face coverings. 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 for the following activities:

  • Individual or family ocean activities
  • Individual family active recreation and exercise
  • Sunbathing, sitting and lying on sand
  • Picnicking
  • Chairs, canopies or coolers
  • Fishing

Beach volleyball, organized sports and gatherings/events remain prohibited. 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 Muscle Beach open?

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Muscle Beach is currently closed.

5. Can we go to the Pier?

The Santa Monica Pier has reopened with a focus on health and safety. The Pier is open to the public 24 hours daily with limited and monitored access points to ensure capacity allows for proper physical distancing and safety. Guests will enter and exit on Ocean Front Walk (Beach Level) and need to enter through the queue line to limit the number of guests and to ensure safety for all visitors.

During this limited operational phase, some shops and restaurants will be open, some with limited hours and services. The merry-go-round and Pacific Park’s rides and attractions, including the Pacific Wheel and West Coaster, remain closed until further notice. Please visit Santa Monica Pier’s website to learn more about what to expect when visiting the Pier with this phased approach.

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 an up-to-date list of open hotels, please click here.

7. What’s the best way to dine local right now?

Restaurants are currently allowed to provide in-person outdoor dining only. Many have erected outdoor dining patios to enjoy your meal safely with sunshine and ocean breezes. If you would like to dine in, please plan ahead and call the restaurant to check their status. If you prefer takeout, Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has compiled a resource with all the restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Please find a comprehensive list here.

Latest Coronavirus Updates

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:

  • Crowds
  • 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 4 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.


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