How to Travel to Santa Monica Responsibly

Santa Monica will always shine for you and welcome guests with open arms, and we recognize that COVID-19 and remaining safe will shape all of your travel experiences. We encourage you to travel responsibly and take appropriate precautions as you explore Santa Monica and beyond.

Responsible Travel in Santa Monica Right Now Means:

Wear a 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.

Maintain Physical Distance
Please remain six feet away from those not in your traveling party.

Plan Ahead and Set Expectations for Your Visit
Research a business or activity you’re interested in doing before you go. Call the business directly or check their websites and social media channels to find out if their operations are different. If you still have questions please call our Visitor Center at (310) 319-6263 or text (424) 443-8830 seven days a week from 9am – 5pm, or stop in at 2427 Main Street, Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm. We’re happy to help answer any questions you have about visiting Santa Monica right now.

Be Aware of What’s Allowed to be Open Right Now and What is Not
Santa Monica is part of Los Angeles County, so our city abides by all health officer orders from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For the latest overview of sectors that are currently allowed to be open click here.

The City of Santa Monica has created a map of all Santa Monica businesses that are currently open. Click the buttons below to view. Click here to add your business to the map.

Support Local Businesses

Did you know that for every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures? With each purchase made in Santa Monica during your visit close you make an investment in our local economy, save time and reduce your carbon footprint.

We hope you will give the businesses a little bit of understanding and patience as they adapt to new operations and protocols.

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 and are required throughout the State of California. 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. 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 physical 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.

5. What Santa Monica attractions are open?

  • Annenberg Community Beach House – Limited facilities are currently open including parking lot, playground, Back on the Beach Cafe, beach restrooms, water fountain, Wi-Fi and accessible walkway to the beach. The pool and changing rooms, courtyard, splash pad, view deck, canopies, volleyball courts, guest services, gated area, Marion Davies Guest House, gallery, in-person programs, and recreation classes are temporarily closed.
  • Barker Hanger – Currently open for filming only.
  • Bergamot Station – Most galleries are now open limited hours Friday and Saturday 12-4pm and by appointment. Please contact the individual galleries and cultural venues directly for hours of operation. You may visit the Happening Now page for a list of venues linked to their direct websites.
  • The Broad Stage – Live, in-theater programs are temporarily closed, however, there are an array of online programs available. We anticipate continued digital programming, followed by small outdoor events later in the Summer, larger outdoor events by the Fall and, with any luck in Winter, a return to indoor performances.
  • California Heritage Museum – Although indoor exhibits and facilities are temporarily closed, digital exhibitions are available online.
  • Cayton Children’s Museum – Limited facilities are currently open including Cayton Creators outdoor creative arts experiences on Wednesday and Saturdays at 10am and 11am in the Santa Monica Place. Cayton Recess activities in music, storytime, art making and reflection are available on YouTube and Instagram. Virtual Field Trip options now available for Wednesday through Friday at 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am, and 1:15pm. Indoor facilities are temporarily closed.
  • 18th Street Arts Center – Current exhibitions are open by appointment only. A robust schedule of virtual exhibition tours, live zoom conversations, and arts workshops are available online.
  • Heal the Bay Aquarium – Outdoor patio exhibits are open to public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm, which include two animal displays: tidepool creatures and the full lifecycle of sharks with shark pups. Virtual offerings include virtual field trips, live animal feedings and conversations with aquarium scientists.
  • Museum of Flying – All museum exhibits and facilities are temporarily closed but you can visit their online/digital library of “aircraft on display.”
  • Original Muscle Beach – Open to the public. Masks and physical distancing are required.
  • Pacific Park – Open on a limited basis. All guests must wear a mask or facial covering.
  • Santa Monica City Hall – In-person services are available by appointment only. Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Playland Arcade – Open to the public.
  • Santa Monica History Museum – All in-person facilities, exhibitions and events are temporarily closed. Virtual lectures are available on YouTube.
  • Santa Monica Pier – Open on a limited basis and closed overnight. Face masks and social distancing are required.
  • Santa Monica Place – Most retail shops are open for in-store shopping and curbside pick-up and many restaurants are open for limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout and delivery; check with individual stores and restaurants for details and current hours. The Gourmandise School is currently booking in-person classes, both private and socially distanced teen camps that are open to the public, and offering a wide range of classes virtually.
  • Third Street Promenade – In-store retail shopping, curbside pick-up, limited indoor dining, outdoor dining, takeout, outdoor fitness classes and Downtown Farmers Markets are all currently open. Check with individual stores and restaurants for details and current hours.

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.