Health Advisory/Visitor Safety: COVID-19



As COVID-19 continues to evolve, Visit Laguna Beach is committed to keeping you informed with the latest developments. The safety, health and wellbeing of our community, its residents and visitors, is of utmost importance and we are committed to doing everything we can to support and respond to the situation. 

This page is updated daily as the situation continues to develop. 

  • Latest Updates

    Starting in early November, foreign nationals from dozens of countries will be allowed to fly into the U.S. if they are fully vaccinated and able to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound flight. 

    The requirement will ease travel restrictions that limited entry into the U.S. in many cases for noncitizens who had recently been in 33 countries, including many European nations and the United Kingdom, regardless of vaccination status.

    The U.S. will also start putting into place additional testing requirements. Foreign nationals will have to be tested three days prior to departure to the U.S. and show proof of a negative test, and unvaccinated Americans will have to test within one day of departure and be required to test again after their arrival.

    The CDC will also require airlines to collect information for each U.S.-bound traveler, including their phone number and email address, to aid public health officials in contact tracing.

    As of June 15, California has lifted many of the restrictions that have affected hotels, restaurants, wineries, theme parks, and more since 2020.

    California encourages visitors and residents to get vaccinated and, the CDC's updated mask guidance urges vaccinated people to mask up indoors in places with high virus transmission. 

    • All state and national parks and beaches are open, with only limited closures at some sites.
    • Visitors are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to California, but it is not a requirement to travel.
    • Operators of large outdoor events of more than 10,000 people, including professional sporting events and some theme parks, are encouraged to screen attendees for vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests, but screening is not mandatory.
    • Operators of large indoor events of more than 5,000 people are required to screen attendees for vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests. Attendees should check guidelines with event operators when buying tickets or making reservations.
  • Mask Guidelines

    Effective August 3, 2021, masks are required inside all Laguna Beach City facilities for everyone, when in contact with City employees or members of the public, regardless of vaccination status.

    On 7/27/21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidance for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 in the wake of a significant surge of the Delta variant among unvaccinated Americans. The recommendations advise fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors in places with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates. 

    In addition, the agency is recommending universal mask wearing for all teachers, staff and students of K-12 schools even if fully vaccinated, citing a need to return to school this summer/fall. The decision comes ahead of a potential spike in cases this fall due to the Delta variant.

    To help determine risk level and monitor COVID-19 cases across the country, the CDC released a dashboard tracking coronavirus data by county. 

    View of a summary of recent changes here.

  • Businesses that Remain Closed

    Fishbone Kitchen + Bar: Closed permanently. 

    Gina's Pizza and Pastaria (North): Closed permanently.

    The Grove on Forest: Closed permanently. 

    Watermarc: Closed permanently. 

In partnership with the City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, we have developed a citywide CLEAN.SAFE.READY. pledge program for all Laguna Beach businesses. This is to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors