Santa Monica Pier Hours During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Overhead shot of the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is open on a limited basis.

The Santa Monica Pier is open for limited hours and days of the week

Update: The Santa Monica Pier is temporarily closed on select days in January. The Pier will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, January 14th through Monday, January 18th
  • Wednesday, January 20th
  • Saturday, January 23 & Sunday, January 24th
  • Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January 31st

Following the temporary shutdown March 15 – June 23, the Pier has reopened to the public, but on a limited basis. The Pier is now accessible weekdays only. Public Safety officials continue to monitor the Pier and may close portions or all of the Pier on a temporary basis to prevent crowding. The Pier will be closed overnight. The Pier is not open on the weekends. Individual businesses on the Pier may have different hours or remain closed. Please contact Pier businesses directly for current hours and operating schedules.

There will be a limited number of people allowed on the Pier at any one time

The Santa Monica Fire Department is temporarily limiting the number of guests allowed on the Pier. The capacity number may change daily based on guests’ ability to physically distance while on the Pier. Once at capacity, entry points to the Pier will be closed until guests have time to exit.

The amusement park rides, including the Ferris wheel, remain closed

Pacific Park’s 12 rides and attractions remain closed at this time. This includes the world-famous Pacific Wheel and West Coaster. Pacific Park will announce plans to reopen the rides here at Be sure to sign up for the Loop to be informed of this reopening.

A limited number of Pier restaurants, shops, and attractions will be open

Due to the limited operating hours and limited number of guests allowed on the Pier at any one time, some businesses may be operating shorter hours, have limited services available, or may be closed altogether. Guests expecting to visit a specific business during this limited phase are encouraged to contact that business directly to confirm their hours and offerings.

The beach parking lots are open

Lot 1 North at 1550 Appian Way, also known as “the beach lot”, is open daily, but no overnight parking is allowed. To limit parking staff exposure to people using the lot, guests should plan on bringing a credit card to use the self-service machines to pay for a parking permit that must be displayed on their dashboard while in the lot.

Santa Monica State Beach is open

LA County Beaches remain open for personal recreation only. Team sports and events are prohibited. Mask wearing is required all over LA County when outside of your home including the beach.

Los Angeles County remains in the most restrictive tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. Residents and visitors are urged to remain at home and only leave for essential activities like buying groceries or picking up food. Masks or face coverings are required when not inside your home or personal vehicle. Check back here for updated information on operating hours and operations at the Santa Monica Pier. Learn more about the Pier’s limited operation and enhanced safety measures on the City’s website,

If you have additional questions please check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can’t find answers to your questions, you can always contact us.

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