COVID-19 Update: Safer at Home Orders Extended Through May 15

April 25 - Santa Monica Extends Local Emergency and Associated Orders through May 15. Learn more.

Farmers Market: We are temporarily shifting farmers markets into two weekly Farmers Markets - Wednesday and Saturday market in Downtown Santa Monica, for the duration of the Stay at Home order. The market will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more

Due to warm weather this weekend, parking restrictions will be in place along Bay St between Ocean Front Walk and Neilson Way, and on Ocean Blvd. between Bay St. and Hollister Ave. starting Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27.

Vehicles with a displayed residential parking permit will not be cited or towed if using meters at these locations during restrictions. View map.

Temperatures are going up. Stay inside as much as possible and check out these tips for staying cool.

The beach area is tempting with warm weather, but we must remain vigilant in following stay at home orders and physical distancing. Santa Monica beach, bike path, beach access points, beach parkig lots, Palisades Park, and Santa Monica Pier remain closed. 

Easter Weekend Closure Of Parks and farmers markets

April 9 – The City of Santa Monica will temporarily close all parks effective Sunday, April 12 from midnight through 11:59 p.m. 

The closure of all Saturday and Sunday Farmers Markets is temporary.

These closures are in alignment with the County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, and other neighboring jurisdictions who have also announced park closures on Sunday, April 12.

These closures are in anticipation of increased travel to and use of Santa Monica parks and Farmers Markets over the Easter holiday weekend and ensures the public adheres to the County’s “Safer at Home” Order which requires six feet of physical distance and prohibits group gatherings.

The Downtown Farmers Market on Wednesday, April 15 is still planned and will require all customers, vendors and staff to wear protective face covering in accordance with LA County Public Health guidelines.  

“This is a critical week that requires we take aggressive steps like temporarily closing all parks for a day,” shared City Manager and Emergency Operations Director Rick Cole.

“We’re also reluctantly suspending our Farmer’s Markets because we need people to stay home to crush the curve," he said. "Lives of loved ones and the ability to reopen our community both depend on bold action now.” 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s temporary closure of all public beaches, beach bike paths, public trails, and beach access points which requires the closure of Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica’s Beach Bike Path and Ocean Front Walk remains in effect. 

Use Delivery Services for Essential Items

April 6 - Today, the county’s top public health official, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director at the LA County Department of Public Health, advised that this is the week to use delivery services for essential items in order to avoid going to the grocery store and pharmacies where you are at greatest risk of exposure.

If you must go out on an essential trip, county and federal advice recommends that you wear a non-medical face covering.  

The City of Santa Monica's COVID-19 Community Resources page provides delivery and online ordering information for local essential service providers.

Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others.

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us we need to use universal precautions all the time – assuming that each of us can infect others even when we aren’t sick, and that others can infect us.

Always practice physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and remaining home when ill. 

N95 and surgical masks should only be used by healthcare workers, first responders, and those essential workers providing care for people who are ill. Check out this recent video tutorial on DIY face coverings.

Blood Drive at the Santa Monica Airport April 13 and 21

You can donate blood in this critical time for so many. UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica is making blood donation easy for the Santa Monica community by hosting two blood drive days at the airport. To schedule an appointment, click on one of the dates below.

If those blood drive options don't work for you, you can always schedule an appointment for another time and location through the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center.

Santa Monica Beach and Bike Path Closed

March 27 – This afternoon, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered the temporary closure of all public beaches, beach bike paths, public trails, and beach access points to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The LA County order requires the immediate closure of:

  • Santa Monica Beach
  • Santa Monica’s Beach Bike Path
  • Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Director directed the temporary closure of Palisades Park effective midnight, Friday, March 27 through midnight Monday, March 30, 2020 due to the park’s proximity to the beach to support the County’s Order.

“Santa Monicans cherish our walks on our beach, but we are complying with County Health recommendations to protect all of us and our families from preventable exposure to illness,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown.  “The beach is a regional resource, and we’re all part of the regional effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19.  We can still get our exercise and fresh air while avoiding congregating in crowds and maintaining six feet of physical distance.  Otherwise, we’re all safer at home.”

Though the County order allows for citation, Santa Monica will continue to focus on education this weekend and encourage the public to follow the Safer at Home orders, which are focused on community health. 

The County’s Public Health Order reads: “The County of Los Angeles and its Department of Public Health observed an unusually high volume of beach and trail users on March 21 and 22, which seriously impeded the beach and trail users' practice of safe and necessary social distancing measures.

This heavy amount of beach and trail use by numerous groups of people does not allow for safe social distancing, and therefore seriously impedes community efforts to stem the local transmission of COVID-19.

Accordingly, this Order is necessary to both enforce social distancing measures and stem the spread of COVID-19 within the community.”

This order is effective immediately, beginning today, March 27, 2020 through April 19, 2020.

12 Santa Monica Residents Test Positive for Virus

March 23 - Twelve people living in Santa Monica have tested positive for coronavirus, public health officials said Monday.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, announced 128 new cases Monday and another two deaths, bringing the countywide case count to 536 and the death toll to seven.

Five of the new cases were in Santa Monica.

Ferrer said 80% of people who have tested positive are between 18 and 65, and 42% are between 18 and 40. 90 people with the virus have been hospitalized.

“This virus can in fact infect people across the board and all people need to be vigilant and practice every directive that’s being issued at the state, county and local levels,” she said.

Santa Monica College said Thursday night that a student had tested positive for the virus and three employees at Bergamot area office parks tested positive last weekend. It is unknown if the SMC and Bergamot cases are Santa Monica residents and therefore count toward the city’s total.

Santa Monica Beach Parking Lots Closed

March 22 - For the health and safety of all, City officials urge region to stay at home and socially distance in public spaces and beaches.

The City of Santa Monica is taking additional measures to protect the health and safety of the Santa Monica community and our neighbors by closing the beach parking lots.

This comes after one-and-a-half days of large numbers of beachgoers coming to the coastline amidst the Safer at Home statewide measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 These measures are being taken in accordance with State and local health directives that prohibit gatherings and call for social distancing of non-household members.   

All residents and visitors are advised to avoid the beach, beach bike path, and Palisades Park today and in the days to come to protect themselves and others.

As a beach city we know the draw to be outside and in nature is more powerful than ever, but to truly have an impact in our region and state, we must all remain at home and six feet from others when out for essential trips only.   

“Today is not the day to go to the beach. We know that it’s difficult to stay at home when the weather is so nice and being close to the beach is one of the primary reasons why we love to call Santa Monica home,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “Yet this is a time when we must take the guidelines from our health officials to heart. We urge our residents to avoid any public spaces where social distancing is a challenge.” 

Parking lots at the beach are closed, effective immediately. Residents of Santa Monica who live in the area of the beach and who hold residential parking permits for the relevant lots will be permitted to park, as will essential personnel consistent with the Governor's Stay at Home and the County Department of Public Health's Safer at Home orders.   

For information on the City of Santa Monica's response to COVID-19 related closures, visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus or call the Santa Monica coronavirus hotline: 310-458-8400.

Business Changes and Closures

March 16 - The City of Santa Monica is cancelling all gatherings, including events, programs, and activities through March 31. This includes events hosted by the City of Santa Monica and other groups.

The city of Santa Monica issued a supplement to the local emergency proclamation that requires two week closure of the following businesses: 

  • All bars and nightclubs that do not serve food will be closed to the public. 
  • Any bars or nightclubs that serve food may remain open only for purposes of continuing to prepare and offer food to customers via delivery service or to be picked up. Dine-in food service is prohibited. 
  • All restaurants and retail food facilities are prohibited from serving food for consumption on premises. Restaurants and retail food facilities may continue to operate for purposes of preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, to be picked up or for drive-thru. For those establishments offering food pick-up options, proprietors are directed to establish social distancing practices for those patrons in the queue for pick-up. 
  • The following are exempt from this Order: (i) cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes, or similar facilities; (ii) grocery stores; (iii) pharmacies; and (iv) food banks. 
  • Trucks and other vehicles that deliver grocery items to grocery stores, when such items are to be made available for sale to the public, are exempt from having to comply with any City rules and regulations that limit the hours for such deliveries, including, without limitation, Section 9.28.080 of the Santa Monica Municipal Code. 
  • All movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades will be closed to the public. 
  • All gyms and fitness centers will be closed to the public. 
  • All businesses providing physical health and beauty services, including spas, hair salons, massage parlors, and nail salons, that do not provide medical care or services that supplement medical care as directed by medical professionals will be closed to the public. 

“This virus knows no boundaries. Cities working together is the way to have the most impact and the least confusion”, said City Manager Rick Cole. “Stay calm, stay informed, and stay healthy! We will work together to get through this.” 




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