Santa Monica Pier Reopens After Temporary Closure Amid Concerns Over COVID-19

Overhead shot of the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier has reopened to the public. Only a limited number of guests will be permitted on the Pier at a time. Guests are encouraged to plan ahead before visiting.

If planning a visit to the Santa Monica Pier immediately after it’s reopening on June 24th, expect things to look a little different.

The Pier will only be open 10 AM – 8 PM

These hours are subject to change without notice. Guests planning to visit restaurants should plan on dining no later than 7 PM so they can leave before the 8 PM Pier closure. Individual businesses on the Pier may have different hours or remain closed. Please call ahead before visiting.

The only entrance to the Pier will be from Ocean Front Walk (across from Big Deans)

All guests planning to visit the Pier should head to 1614 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401. There you will see signs to enter the Pier. Once the Pier reaches its limited capacity, guests will be asked to queue up and wait for others to leave the Pier before entering. The Pier bridge at Ocean and Colorado and all beach stairs will be closed.

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 socially distance while on the Pier. Once at capacity, guests will be asked to wait in a line until others leave the Pier.

The amusement park rides, including the Ferris wheel, are 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 pacpark.com. 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 lot will be closed

Lot 1 North at 1550 Appian Way, also known as “the beach lot”, remains closed at this time. Guests are encouraged to park at the Third Street Promenade, one of the southern beach lots by Ocean Park, or take public transportation, such as the Metro Expo Line or Big Blue Bus that stop just a few blocks away from the Pier.

When planning your visit, be sure to check back here for updated information on operating hours and operations. You can also learn more about the Pier’s limited operation and enhanced safety measures on the City’s website, santamonica.gov. If you have additional questions please check out our Frequently Asked Questions below. If you still can’t find answers to your questions, you can always contact us.



Limited Pier Operations and Reopening FAQ

Is the Santa Monica Pier Open?

Yes – the Santa Monica Pier has reopened for guests, but the Pier’s hours are limited. At this time, the Pier will be open 10 AM – 8 PM daily.

Please note, the Santa Monica Pier will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend, starting at 8PM on Thursday, July 2nd. It will reopen in limited operation at 10AM on Monday, July 6th. For more information, visit here.

What are the hours for the Santa Monica Pier?

During this limited operational phase, the Santa Monica Pier will be open to guests 10 AM – 8 PM daily.

What can I do at the Santa Monica Pier?

During this limited operational phase, some shops and restaurants will be open, albeit for limited hours and some may offer limited services. Guests can still walk to the end of the Pier to enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, shop, and purchase food from the shops and restaurants that have reopened.

How long with the Pier’s hours be limited?

The City of Santa Monica has not provided a timeline for returning the Pier to a fully operational status of providing access 24 hours a day. The City will continue to follow state and federal guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

When will shops and restaurants reopen?

Some shops and restaurants on the Pier will reopen the week of June 26th. Guests expecting to visit a specific business during this limited phase are encouraged to contact that business directly to confirm their hours and offerings.

Am I required to wear a mask at the Santa Monica Pier?

Yes – at this time, The State of California requires that everyone wear a mask when outdoors and within 6 feet (2 meters) of other people.

Am I required to wear a mask at the beach?

It is not advised to wear a mask when in the water, but when on the beach and near other beach-goers, it is recommended that you wear a mask or face covering.

Is fishing allowed on the Santa Monica Pier?

Yes – fishing is allowed on the Santa Monica Pier, but during this limited operational phase, guests planning to fish are encouraged to bring minimal fishing equipment. Large coolers, trolleys, hand carts, wagons, and all other large equipment are all discouraged as to allow room for other guests on the Pier to practice social distancing.

How do I submit a media or press request for the Santa Monica Pier?

The City of Santa Monica will issue statements for the press regarding the reopening of the Santa Monica Pier. More information is available at smgov.net.

Are street performers and musicians allowed to play on the Santa Monica Pier?

During this limited operational phase street performers, artists, and musicians are not allowed to perform on the Santa Monica Pier. For future requests for performance space and more information visit the City’s website.

Where can I store my luggage or other belongings during my visit to the Santa Monica Pier?

Due to space constraints, there are no lockers or luggage check services on the Santa Monica Pier. Guests are encouraged to find other locations to temporarily store luggage and other large items prior to visiting the Pier during this limited operational phase. Learn more about storage locker options near the Santa Monica Pier.

Where should I park if I have a mobility impairment?

Vehicles displaying handicap license plates and hang tags are permitted to park at Lot 1-S 1640 Appian way.

How do I apply to be a vendor or sell my merchandise or food at the Santa Monica Pier?

During this limited operational phase only a few vending carts will be permitted to operate on the Santa Monica Pier. Visit the City’s website to learn more about selling your merchandise on the Santa Monica Pier. Please note that there are some non-permitted vendors who will operate some push carts and pop-up tents on the beach or around the Pier. These businesses do not typically hold valid permits or LA County Health certifications to operate, sell merchandise, or safely serve food. Guests are encouraged to only purchase food or merchandise from businesses displaying current and valid permits from the City of Santa Monica and the LA County Health Department.

Feature image courtesy of @th_mt_gallery.

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