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
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.

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

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.

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.

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, however, all parks and select playgrounds and sports facilities are open. 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 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.

5. What Santa Monica attractions are open?

  • Annenberg Community Beach House – Limited facilities are currently open including parking lot, Back on the Beach Cafe, beach restrooms, Wi-Fi and accessible walkway to the beach. The playground, pool and changing rooms, splash pad, canopies, volleyball courts, guest services, gated area, Marion Davies Guest House, gallery and recreation classes are temporarily closed.
  • Barker Hanger – Temporarily closed.
  • Bergamot Station – Galleries are open by appointment only; please contact the individual galleries directly for hours of operation and details.
  • The Broad Stage – Live, in-theater programs are temporarily closed, however, there are an array of online programs available.
  • 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 Santa Monica Place. Cayton Recess activities in music, storytime, art making and reflection are available on YouTube and Instagram. 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 – In-person visits and public activities are temporarily closed. Virtual offerings include live animal feedings and conversations with our 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 with the same requirements as playgrounds. Masks are required at all times and visits are limited to thirty minutes if others are using the equipment; eating and drinking is not allowed.
  • Pacific Park – The Santa Monica Pier is open but all rides including the Pacific wheel are temporarily closed.
  • Santa Monica City Hall – Temporarily closed 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 – Limited facilities are currently open including outdoor restaurant and patio dining, Trapeze School, outdoor fitness classes, fishing and Blazing Saddles Beach Rentals (bikes and bike tours). Pacific Park, the merry-go-round, street performances and Heal the Bay Aquarium are all temporarily closed.
  • Santa Monica Place – Most retail shops are open for in-store shopping and curbside pick-up and outdoor dining/take-out are available; check with individual stores and restaurants for details and current hours. Indoor dining, ArcLight Cinemas and Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories (in-person classes) are temporarily closed.
  • Third Street Promenade – In-store retail shopping, curbside pick-up, outdoor dining/take out, outdoor fitness classes and Downtown Farmers Markets are all currently open. Check with individual stores and restaurants for details and current hours. Indoor dining is temporarily closed.
  • The Void – Temporarily closed.

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?

Many restaurants are offering al fresco and outdoor patio dining in addition to takeout and delivery. It’s important to support our local restaurants, so please check their social channels and websites for the latest operating hours, details and specials.