COVID-19 Santa Monica Updates

Indoor Dining Returns March 15

The changes went into effect on Monday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m.

Starting Monday March 15, indoor operations reopen at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and secondary schools, as on Friday L.A. County hit the health metric triggers to enter the Red Tier of regulations.

The changes went into effect on Monday, March 15 at 12:01 a.m.

California on Friday met its goal to give 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to residents in its hardest-hit areas, allowing Los Angeles County to reopen indoor restaurants, gyms and other businesses.

Other sectors that may now reopen include museums, zoos, aquariums, and dance and yoga studios. Indoor retail and personal care services will be able to expand capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent.

These new reopenings come with rules. Indoor fitness operations may only open at 10 percent capacity and indoor dining is limited to up to six people from the same household.

Outdoor dining also has a six person table maximum, but can include up to three different households. All tables indoors or outdoors must maintain 8 foot distance and all indoor dining rooms must have a HVAC air purifying system in good working order.

Movie theaters may reopen at 25 percent capacity where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.

We're getting there!!

Restaurants: Outdoor Dining Reopens

January 30: Local restaurants are eager to welcome diners back to outdoor spaces this week but returning customers will see some differences in the dining experience.

Due to the recent decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County lifted restrictions this week, allowing restaurants and other food providers to resume service via outdoor dining in addition to delivery, drive thru, and carry out service.

In the case of wineries, however, to offer outdoor wine tastings with modifications.

Customers who do seek out an alfresco meal this weekend will see a few changes to the protocols.

Customers are required to wear a mask whenever a server approaches a table, whenever they leave a table, and to mask up when a server or food arrives at the table. Customers are also required to wash and sanitize their hands.

Restaurants are required to have employees wear both face coverings and face shields, seat only single households at a table (with a six person maximum), and keep tables at least eight feet apart.

Finally, all television screens must now be removed from dining areas.

County officials said the removal of TVs is designed to discourage diners from lingering, and specifically to prevent Superbowl parties from getting out of hand.

While dining is reopening, continued adherence to basic safety measures is essential to keeping cases down, officials said.

Restaurants are currently allowed to provide food for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only. Santa Monica Travel & Tourism has compiled a resource with all the restaurants offering takeout, curbside pickup and delivery.

Who's Open?

Here's what's open now:

  • Parks (outdoor recreation only)
  • Santa Monica Beach and beach parking lots
  • Beach bike paths
  • Ocean Front Walk
  • Tennis courts and select recreation facilities
  • Santa Monica Public Library
  • Community gardens
  • Santa Monica Pier; however Pacific Park rides are closed


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

Hotels & Motels

Currently 40 of Santa Monica’s 41 hotels are open for essential travel and to support critical infrastructure only, per the California Regional Stay at Home Order. For a list of open hotels, please click here.

Stay Informed on COVID-19 Reopenings

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