Santa Monica COVID-19 Updates

Los Angeles County Expanded COVID-19 Guidance

The city is largely following the LA County reopening guidelines (available on the reopening resources page). 

As Los Angeles County takes steps to curb the re-emergence of the coronavirus, the City of Santa Monica will be following the county's guidance. Highlights are below:

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.

  • To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, through December 11.

  • The number of customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.

  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.

  • Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.

  • Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.

  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

  • The Health Officer Order will be amended to reflect the above restrictions.

Santa Monica Reopening Guidelines

The city is largely following the LA County reopening guidelines (available on the reopening resources page). 

However, the City of Santa Monica has released some helpful resources to assist you in reopening your business:

  • Santa Monica Cares Reopening Toolkit (downloads from Google Drive - includes social distancing floor graphics, sample socual media and email graphics, etc)

  • Santa Monica Cares Program Overview and Guidelines (Includes model copy you can use for social distancing communications)


The City of Santa Monica has an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 impact, restrictions and resources available on its website. The City of Santa Monica has also launched a new hotline for the Santa Monica community to get questions answered on the local response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The new hotline number is 310-458-8400 and the email is

Santa Monica COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

On March 19, 2020, the Santa Monica City Council ratified the City’s emergency moratorium on certain types of notices, terminations of tenancy, and evictions. The City passed the temporary moratorium as a part of its emergency order in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and as a part of the necessary measures taken in order to protect the public health and safety of its residents, workers, and visitors.

The moratorium applies to all residential properties in Santa Monica, including single-family homes, rooms rented in single-family homes, duplexes, condominiums, income-restricted apartments (i.e., affordable housing), rent-stabilized apartments, market-rate apartments, and mobile homes.

The moratorium applies to residential evictions that are based on the tenant’s inability to pay rent due to impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. It also applies to no-fault evictions of tenants who are sick, quarantined, under a shelter order, or subject to an Ellis Act removals of property from the rental market. The moratorium does not apply to lawful evictions for substantial breaches of the lease such as crimes. (Note: commercial tenancies are also protected but this article covers residential tenancies.)

Santa Monica’s emergency order is now in effect through April 30, 2020, and the City Council may extend it.

More Resources

Tel: 310.967.8800
6330 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA, 90048


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