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 this summer expect things to look a little different.

What to Expect with Your Visit on the Santa Monica Pier


The Santa Monica Pier is Now Open

Following a temporary closure March 15 – June 23, the Pier has reopened to the public. Although there were limited hours for the first few weeks of the reopening, the Pier is now accessible 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Individual businesses on the Pier may have different hours or remain closed. Please call ahead before visiting.

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, entry points to the Pier will be closed until guests have time to exit.

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 has reopened

Lot 1 North at 1550 Appian Way, also known as “the beach lot”, reopened to the public on Monday, July 20th. Guests are encouraged to consider 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. On August 24th, the Pier’s hours were extended to 10 AM – 8 PM to 24 hours.

What are the hours for the Santa Monica Pier?

The Pier is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are the Rides & Attractions Open at Pacific Park the Santa Monica Pier?

Pacific Park’s rides, including the Pacific Wheel, are currently closed to the public. The Playland Arcade and Heal the Bay Aquarium Under the Pier also remained closed at this time. No timeline for reopening these attractions ha been set at this time. Please sign up for The Loop to be notified when these attractions are reopened.

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.

When will shops and restaurants reopen?

Some shops and restaurants on the Pier reopened 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 only allowed to perform in Santa Monica before noon on weekdays, this includes 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 in designated spaces in Lot 1-N at 1550 Appian Way and Lot 1-S at 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. | Last updated October 25th, 2020

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