Business Reopenings & Closures

Business Operations Update

Visit LA County's Roadmap to Recovery website (https://covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery/) for the latest on the reopening of businesses, including frequently asked questions. These decisions are made at the County and State level, and not by the City of Santa Monica. Where the two conflict, the City will follow whichever guidance is stricter. 

All businesses must adhere to mandatory public health protocols at publichealth.lacounty.gov/coronavirus


Effective July 13, indoor operations for the following business sectors are closed, effective immediately, in LA County.

  • Fitness Centers/gimnasio
  • Places of worship/iglesia
  • Offices for non-critical sectors/oficinas para sectores no críticos (list)
  • Personal care services/servicios de cuidado personal*
  • Hair salons and barber shops/peluquerías y peluquerías*
  • Malls/centros comerciales

Effective July 20, limited personal care services, including barbering services, may be performed outside under strict public health guidelines. You will need to apply for a Temporary Use of Outdoor Space permit. 


Frequently Asked Questions

The State ordered the stop of indoor operations of offices of non-critical sectors. What is a “non-critical sector?” 

Instead of the “non-critical infrastructure sectors,” the County uses the phrases “Essential Business,” “Health Care Operation,” and “Essential Infrastructure.” 

The amended order provides that “all indoor portions and operations” of “any Non-Essential office-based business” must close. The Non-Essential office-based business may operate via teleworking or in-person for “Minimum Basic Operations,” which is limited to the “minimum necessary activities to maintain and protect the value of the business’s inventory and facilities; ensure security, safety, and sanitation; and process payroll and employee benefits” and minimum necessary activities to facilitate remote work and services. 

Essential Businesses, Healthcare Operations, and Essential Infrastructure are also directed to have their office-based employees telework to the extent feasible. 

Is the Santa Monica Pier open?

Yes, with limited hours and operations. >>Learn more at santamonicapier.org

Can Santa Monica Place stay open?

Yes, as it is an outdoor mall. 

Are most of our bars still considered “restaurants” that can operate outdoors?  The Governor announced that “bars, brewpubs, breweries and pubs must close ALL operations indoor and outdoor statewide.”

Following the Governor's announcement, the County did not need to revise its order because the County had already closed bars, brewpubs, and breweries that didn't have their own kitchens for preparing food. The County’s reopening protocol for restaurants remains in effect.  >>Click here.

Only restaurants, bars, or brewpubs that possess a moderate risk or high risk restaurant public health permit may continue to operate for outdoor sit-down dining. 

Can art galleries stay open?  

Only the outdoor portions can remain open, in compliance with the County’s protocol on galleries available here.  

Retail areas of museums/galleries can operate so long as they comply with the retail protocol. 

Can Personal Care Establishments - such as hair salons, barber shops, and nail parlors - operate outdoors?

Barbering and cosmetology services can apply for temporary use permits to operate outdoors.

Businesses should also review the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology's statement explaining that certain barbering and cosmetology services may take place outdoors and linking to other mandatory guidance on offering such services. This includes a memo that further explains what services may take place outdoors and the locations where it can take place as well as an outdoor services checklist. The memo explains that the following services may not be done outside:

  • All chemical hair services including, but not limited to, permanent waving, relaxing, bleaching, tinting, coloring, dyeing and straightening;
  • Shampooing; and
  • Electrolysis

In addition, the State’s Guidance on Personal Care Services (here) provides that electrology, tattooing, and piercing must not be done outdoors.

Can Fitness Centers offer classes outdoors?

Yes, but you may need a permit. 

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Updated July 21, 2020

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