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. 

Limited Stay at Home Order
(November 19, 2020)

Effective November 21 through December 21

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

Travel Advisory
(November 13, 2020)

CA Department of Public Health Advisory

Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.

Orange County Moves to Purple Tier 
(updated November 16, 2020)


May open for outdoor dining with modifications

Places of Worship

May open outdoors only with modifications

Shopping Centers

May re-open with modifications
Indoor capacity must be limited to 25% for shopping malls, destination shopping centers, and swap meets
Common areas are closed 


May open with modifications
Retail capacity must be limited to 25 percent

Hair Salons and Barbershops

May open indoors with modifications

Personal Care Services 

(nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlors, piercing studios, skin care & cosmetology, and massage services)

May re-open indoors with modifications

Gyms and Fitness Facilities 

May outdoors only with modifications

Movie Theaters

May open outdoors only with modifications

Family Entertainment Centers

May open outdoors only with modifications for activities such as go-kart racing, mini golf, and batting cages


May be open outdoors only with modifications

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

May open outdoors only with modifications

Personal Care Businesses

Temperature screenings and masks required for entry. 

Under current guidelines, certain businesses must remain closed. Those sectors that remain closed are as follows:

Bars and Tasting Rooms
Entertainment Centers 
Live Theater 
Concert Venues
Amusement Parks
Offices for non-critical sectors

Face Coverings Required

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health announced that facemasks will be required in the State of California. CDPH's updated guidance mandates that face coverings be worn statewide.

  • Face Coverings Required When:

    1. Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;

    2. Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;

    3. Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
    4. Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    5. Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
    6. Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
    7. Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
    8. Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
    9. In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
    10. Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
    11. While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

  • These Individuals are Exempt From Wearing Face Coverings:

    1. Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.

    2. Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
    3. Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
    4. Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
    5. Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
    6. Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
    7. Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
    8. Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff.

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 

Open Restaurant and Dining Options

For the most up-to-date information on dining options in Laguna Beach visit our COVID-19 Open Restaurant page. Restaurants may currently open indoor seating but it must be limited to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is less. Must close every night by 10 p.m. They must also follow the state guidelines for safe operations, including a COVID-19 prevention plan. (As of September 8, 2020)

Safety measures in place at Laguna Beach restaurants 
  • All seating spaced to ensure six-foot physical distancing 
  • Face coverings worn by all patrons at all times when not eating or drinking
  • Face coverings worn by all employees and staff at all times

Open for Overnight Stays

Get unlimited fresh air, reinvigorate and relax in the original California beach escape, Laguna Beach. All of our hotels are open, but with reduced capacity and recommended physical distancing measures in place in accordance with official health recommendations and the California Hotel & Lodging Association. (As of July 1, 2020)

Open for Shopping

HIP Shopping District, Other Laguna Shopping Districts

Our boutiques, retail stores and galleries are open for business. We have worked hard to make sure you feel welcome and safe. All our stores are following the state guidelines for safe operations and are training their employees to on new safe conditions. (September 8, 2020)

Safety measures in place at Laguna Beach retail stores
  • Maintain six-foot physical distancing requirements
  • Curbside pickup options
  • Limited entry at 50% capacity

  • Closed City Functions and Facilities

    • Trolley Service - Closed
    • Volleyball Courts - Closed
    • Basketball Courts - Closed
    • Concerts-Sunset Serenades and Concerts in the Park are postponed until late summer or early fall, date to be determined.
    • BBQ and Fire Pits: Closed  
    • AgeWell lunches – Canceled, however; Meals-on-Wheels will assist those in need. All winter quarter classes and programming in all locations are cancelled. 
    • Police Department Citizen’s Academy – Postponed.

  • City Non-Profit Organization Closures

    • Sally's Fund Senior Transportation – Operating as usual. Please call 949-499-4100 if you have a transportation request or if you know of a senior who requires services.
    • Laguna Beach Public Library – Closed until further notice.
    • No Square Theatre – All performances canceled, indefinitely. 
    • Boys & Girls' Club – Closed. All programs, transportation services, and sports leagues are suspended until further notice.
    • Laguna College of Art & Design
    • Assistance League of Laguna Beach – Thrift Shop & Chapter House are closed
    • Laguna Food Pantry – Open, however shoppers will be given pre-packed bags or boxes of food instead of coming inside to select their food.
    • Animal Shelter — Closed to the public, except by appointment. Residents who need to visit the shelter to pick up a recovered pet, schedule the adoption of a pet, or to purchase a dog license, may do so by calling the Animal Shelter at (949) 497-3552 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Seven days a week.

Open City Functions & Facilities

Social distancing must continue to be practiced among non-family unit beachgoers. Face masks should also still be used if social distancing cannot happen. (As of July 1, 2020)

Beaches are open for regular hours, seven days a week (6am-10pm). Physical distancing required and face masks are highly recommended. 
(As of July 1, 2020)

Emergency Services: Police, Fire and Marine Safety services will continue and 9-1-1 will be operating as usual.

City Hall: Open to the public 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All persons entering City Hall will receive a health screening upon entry and will wear a mask when meeting with another person. Although we are open for drop-in in-person consultations, we are trying to work via telephone and video meetings whenever possible. Physical distancing must be practiced whenever possible. This video will show you what to expect when you arrive at City Hall. For questions please call (949) 497-3311 during regular business hours.

Parks: All city parks open and playgrounds are open, but all guests must wear masks.Group gatherings of 10 or less are permitted.

Dog Parks: Open. Dog Parks will close for wet and muddy conditions. The Dog Park in Laguna Canyon is closed every Wednesday and the Dog Play Area in Moulton Meadows every Thursday.

BBQ and Fire Pits: closed 

Fire Road: Open for active recreation

Tennis and Pickleball Courts: Open for one-on-one play only. No spectators. 

Trailheads and Wilderness Parks: All trailheads and wilderness parks are open. Physical distancing is required and face masks are highly recommended. 

Swimming Pool: The Community Pool is open for lap swim on a reservation-only basis. Swimmers will be able to sign up for a 45-minute lap swim reservation once per day and up to three days per week. Reservations