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?
Masks or face coverings are required when out of the home in Santa Monica and Los Angeles County. Children under the age of two are exempt from the order. Face coverings save lives. The important action of wearing a mask, coupled with proper social distancing, will help our city and county move closer to reopening. More information on face coverings here.
2. Is the beach open?
Santa Monica Beach has re-opened as of May 13 for recreation use only. Permitted activities include surfing, swimming, walking and running. Sunbathing, sitting or lying on the sand are prohibited. The Santa Monica Pier, beach bike path, beach parking and Muscle Beach will remain closed. Physical distancing and face masks are required.
3. Can I ride or walk on the bike bath?
The beach bike path has re-opened as of May 22 for safe recreation. If you are looking to get some additional exercise, many Santa Monica businesses are also offering virtual wellness experiences.
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 is also closed at this time in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are looking for fun activities to do as a family, many Santa Monica businesses are offering virtual activities for children.
6. If Santa Monica beach is closed, what about Venice beach?
All Los Angeles County beaches are open for recreation activities only. This includes Venice beach.
7. What hotels are open?
With the coronavirus pandemic affecting communities across the globe, there have been operational changes for many of Santa Monica’s hotels. Santa Monica Travel & Tourism is monitoring the fluid situation and updating our hotel operations resource as developments arise. For an up-to-date list of open hotels, please click here.
8. Where can I get takeout food?
Thank you for your desire to support our local restaurants. Now more than ever it is important we eat local. 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
May 28, 2020 3:59pm
Los Angeles County Announces Re-openings
Los Angeles County has announced a new round of re-openings. Physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings and other safety protocols must be observed as the recovery progresses. Activities now permitted under the changes include:
- Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
- All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.
- Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
- Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.
May 22, 2020 2:03pm
Marvin Braude Beach Bike Path Re-Opens
Los Angeles County has announced the re-opening of the Marvin Braude Beach Bike path. Allowable recreation activities at the beach now include swimming, surfing, running, walking, skating, and biking. Santa Monica’s beach parking lots and meters remain closed. More information on LA County beaches and parking lots can be found at beaches.lacounty.gov.
May 14, 2020 3:42pm
Retail Re-Opens for Curbside Pickup
Curbside pickup for all retail stores (except indoor malls and shopping centers) is now available in Los Angeles County. Call or visit store websites for orders and hours. In-store pickups are not permitted and customers must wear cloth face coverings at all times and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
May 13, 2020 11:15am
LA County Beaches Re-Open for Recreational Use
As of Wednesday, May 13, Los Angeles County has loosened beach related emergency orders for recreation only. The Santa Monica Pier, beach bike path, beach parking and Muscle Beach will remain closed. Physical distancing and face coverings are required.
- Individual or family ocean activities (such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, body surfing); Individual or family active recreation & exercise (such as walking, running)
- Sunbathing, or sitting or lying on sand; Picnicking; Chairs, canopies or coolers; Biking; Group or organized sports (such as volleyball); Gatherings or events; Fishing
HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
- More than 6 feet physical distance from others at all times(except between members of same household); Face coverings, when out of the water AND around others (except for children under age 2 and children with breathing problems); Stay at home if you, or someone you live with, is sick
CLOSURES STILL IN EFFECT (until further notice):
- Beach Parking Lots – CLOSED
- Bike Path (on the sand) – CLOSED
- Piers, Boardwalks & Walkways – CLOSED
- Beach Accessways – CLOSED
- Volleyball Nets – CLOSED
May 7, 2020 11:49pm
Selected Businesses to Open for Curbside Pickup May 8
As part of its Roadmap to Recovery, Los Angeles County officials announced the first phase of reopening will begin this Friday, May 8 with some low-risk retailers and other businesses reopening with limited operations. This means Santa Monica, along with LA County, will begin to ease some of the Safer at Home guidelines while continuing to prioritize public health and safety as we continue to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The following operations will be permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up while adhering to physical distancing, face coverings, and infection control protocols:
- Toy stores; Music stores; Bookstores; Clothing stores; Sporting goods stores; Florist shops
In addition, car dealership showrooms will be permitted to open for sales with physical distancing and infection control protocols in place. Offices, schools, dine-in restaurants, and malls are not included at this time. Other non-essential businesses not included in the list above must continue to adhere to the County’s Safer at Home order.
LA County announced that trailheads and golf courses will begin to reopen on Saturday, May 9.
All other Santa Monica closures, including the beach area, Santa Monica Pier, and Palisades Park remain in effect.
Physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, frequent hand washing, self-isolation and self-quarantine will remain critically important for the foreseeable future.