The State has prohibited all nonessential operations and gatherings from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m., effective 11/21/20 through 12/21/20, click here for details. City Hall remains closed to the public. Click here for the latest COVID-19 information and click here to connect with a helpful staff member.

Coronavirus Emergency Orders

Event Timeline

3.4.2020 

State Declares State of Emergency 

3.4.2020 

Westside Cities issue Joint Declaration re COVID 19 Emergency 

3.5.2020 

City Attorney issues warning on price gauging 

3.12.2020 

City Attorney reminds businesses to comply with sick leave requirements in Minimum Wage Law 

3.12.2020 

City cancels community events and encourages social distancing 

3.13.2020 

City Proclaims Local Emergency 

3.14.2020 

Temporary Moratorium on Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent by Residential Tenants 

3.15.2020 

Closure of Pier Deck starting 3.16.2020  

3.16.2020 

City Hall offices and Library closure beginsFull list of closures listed here. 

3.16.2020 

Temporary Closure of Businesses (Restaurants, Bars, Gyms/Fitness, Salons and Beauty Providers, etc) 

3.17.2020 

Preferential Parking Suspended and Emergency Zoning Modifications 

3.18.2020 

City Suspends Shut-Off of Water Services, Late Penalties on City Bills, Big Blue Bus Fares, Parking Restrictions in Green Zones, and Penalty Assessments Related to Business Licenses and Business Improvement Districts  

3.19.2020 

Governor Issues Stay at Home Order 

3.19.2020 

City Council Adopts Resolution Ratifying Emergency Proclamation and Supplemental Orders

3.20.2020

City Suspends Labor Negotiations and Certain Civil Service Regulations 

3.21.2020

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Issues Safer at Home Order 

3.21.2020

City Permits Restaurants and Retailers with Valid ABC Licenses to Sell Alcoholic Beverages via Delivery and Takeout 

3.22.2020

City of Santa Monica Adopts State and County Stay At Home Orders

3.27.2020

City Hall and Facilities Closures Extended and Relief for City Lease and License Holders

3.27.2020

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Orders Temporary Closure of Public Trails and Trailheads, Beaches, Piers, Beach Bike Paths, and Beach Access Points 

3.27.2020

City Closes Palisades Park 

4.1.2020

City Requires Social Distancing at Construction Projects and Authorizes Building Officer to Issue Stop Work Orders at Sites Not in Compliance 

4.6.2020

City Council Adopts Resolution Ratifying Emergency Proclamation and Supplemental Orders

4.8.2020

City Expands Eviction Protections for Residential and Commercial Tenants 

4.8.2020

City Requires Face Coverings of Workers at, Customers of, and Visitors to Certain Essential Businesses 

4.24.2020

Toll Deadlines Relating to Planning and Permit Activities, Allow Stays Greater Than 30 Days in Hotels and Motels, Permit First Responders and Disaster Workers to Accept Certain General Discounts

4.30.2020

City Extends Temporary Eviction Moratorium

5.8.2020

City Places Limits on Construction Noise, Suspends Plastic Bag Ban, and Extends Fire Permits

5.8.2020

City Modifies Eviction Moratorium for Commercial Tenants and Prohibits Charging Interest on Rent

5.14.2020

City Extends Local Emergency to June 30 and Requires Face Coverings for Outdoor Activities

5.15.2020

City Resumes Enforcement of Preferential Parking Restrictions in Beach Zone 3 Beginning May 22 and Resumes Street Sweeping on June 1.

5.19.2020

Some Board and Commissions to Resume Limited Meetings and Limits on Third-Party Food Delivery Service Charges

5.29.2020

Santa Monica Clears Path for Safe Restaurant and Salon Reopening

5.29.2020

Restaurants Cleared to Expand Outdoor Dining Under Eighteenth Supplement  

6.29.2020

Local Emergency Extended to July 31 with Exceptions

7.2.2020

Santa Monica Strengthens Face Covering Requirement and Allows for Citations and Refusal of Service

7.8.2020

Candidate Nomination Period Begins July 13 and Signature Requirement is Reduced in Response to COVID-19

7.15.2020

Face Covering requirements and enforcement

7.15.2020

Extension of Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratoriums

7.28.2020

Santa Monica Extends Local Emergency to August 31

8.19.2020

Santa Monica Extends Use of Outdoor Commercial Space

8.25.2020

Santa Monica Explicitly Prohibits Large Gatherings and Extends Local Emergency to September 30

9.10.2020

Housing Commission to Make Recommendations Regarding Certain Reports; Architecture Review Board to Review Proposals and Make Recommedations

9.18.2020

Extension the City’s moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for reasons other than nonpayment of rent through December 31, 2020.

10.7.2020

Santa Monica prohibits live audiences for street performers 

11.24.2020

Expanded Curbside Pickup Zones and Other Business Recovery Measures Approved

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Summaries

City Proclaims Local Emergency

O: 3.13.2020 

R: 3.14.2020 

Proclamation | Revised Proclamation   

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:  3.19.20     

Effective Through:  06.30.20 

The City Issued a local emergency proclamation in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to enhance the City’s ability to access federal and state dollars for COVID-19 response. This order is good for seven (7) days through March 20.  A revised Emergency Proclamation was issued on 3.14.2020 to comply with digital signature requirements. 

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Temporary Moratorium on Ellis-Act Evictions and Evictions for COVID-19 Related Non-Payment of Rent by Residential and Commercial Tenants: Revised Supplement 1

O: 3.14.2020 

R: 3.18.2020 

R: 4.8.2020

R: 4.30.2020

R: 5.8.2020

R: 6.17.2020

Supplement | Revised First Supplement | Revised Second Supplement Revised Third Supplement | Revised Fourth Supplement | Revised Fifth Supplement

Original Press Release | Revised Press Release | Revised Press Release | Revised Press Release | Revised Press Release | Revised Press Release

Ratified by City Council:    3.19.20       

Effective Through:  06.30.20 

Original: Temporary moratorium on COVID-19-related residential evictions. 

Revised:  

Residential Tenants

For residential tenants, the Fifth Revised First Supplement (the “Order”) retains and extends the temporary moratorium for evictions for COVID-19 related non-payment of rent.

For a period extending 12 months after the expiration of the Order, a residential tenant may not be evicted for non-payment of rent that became due between March 14, 2020 and the expiration of the Order, if the residential tenant has taken two steps within 30 days of the date that rent is due:

  1. Provide written notice to the landlord that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 related income loss, such as:
  • being sick with COVID-19, or caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19;
  • lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic impacts of COVID-19;
  • compliance with a recommendation from a government health authority to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency;
  • extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses; or
  • child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19.
  1. Provide documentation to the landlord showing the tenant has experienced a loss of income or new expenses due to COVID-19 that create an inability to pay.

Notice and documentation that establishes any loss of income o increase in expenses due to COVID-19 is sufficient. A statement written by a residential tenant in a single communication may constitute both notice and documentation.  The communication may be an email, text, letter, or any other form of written communication. 

A tenant is still obligated to pay a landlord back rent for all rent that is owed and unpaid during the emergency.  The tenant must pay this rent within the 12 months following the expiration of the Order.  The expiration is currently July 31, 2020, so the tenant would have until July 31, 2021 to pay back the unpaid rent. 

Residential units may not be removed from the rental market pursuant to the Ellis Act while the Order is in effect.  Tenancies may not be terminated pursuant to the Ellis Act until 60 days after the expiration of the Order.

Landlords also may not evict residential tenants for any of these reasons:

  • A landlord may not evict a residential tenant in any no-fault eviction.
  • A landlord may not evict a residential tenant for refusing entry into a unit, unless the landlord seeks entry to repair a condition that substantially endangers or impairs the health or safety of the tenant or other persons in the vicinity of the premises, or a condition that is causing or threatening to cause substantial damage to the premises. When a landlord does enter a unit, the landlord must ensure that appropriate social distancing, cleaning, and sanitation measures are taken during the entry.
  • A landlord may not evict a residential tenant based on the presence of unauthorized occupants or their pets, or nuisance related to COVID-19, unless the nuisance substantially endangers or impairs the health or safety of a tenant or other persons in the vicinity of the premises, or causes or threatens to cause substantial damage to the premises.

Beginning April 24, 2020, landlords remain required, to provide residential tenants with notice of the eviction moratorium as follows:

    • Landlords must either post notice at their property or mail (or email) notice to tenants;  
    • Landlords must include notice of the moratorium when serving tenants with any notice to pay rent or quit, or other notices given to tenants as part of an eviction process;
    • Landlords must provide an additional copy of the notice to the tenant if the landlord files an unlawful detainer action; and 
    • The required notice language is provided in the moratorium.
    • In addition, if a landlord files an unlawful detainer action during the period in which the Judicial Council Emergency Rules prohibit courts from issuing a summons, the landlord must serve the tenant with a copy of the complaint within 3 days of filing the complaint

A landlord who knows of facts providing a residential tenant with an affirmative defense to eviction under the Order, and who nevertheless acts in bad faith to evict the residential tenant will be deemed in violation of the City’s Tenant Harassment Ordinance.  The Order increases the maximum civil penalty for violation of that ordinance occurring while the Order is in effect from $10,000 to $15,000.   

Commercial Tenants

The Fifth Revised First Supplement (the “Order”) substantially modifies the temporary eviction moratorium as it applies to commercial tenants.

The Order defines three different classes of commercial tenants, each of which is treated differently. 

 

      Commercial Tenant 3

 

The protections provided by the Order do not apply to a commercial tenant 3, which the Order defines as a commercial tenant, other than a non-profit, that is: (1) a publicly traded company; (2) a business that (together with its affiliates) employees more than 100 employees, has average annual gross receipts of more than $15 million over the previous three years, or has business operations, other than sales conducted solely through online channels, in three or more countries; or (3) is a business that receives a guarantee of rent from one of the first two types of businesses.  Any protections a commercial tenant 3 may have received under prior versions of the Order terminate as of June 30, 2020, meaning that a commercial tenant 3 will need to repay any unpaid rent by June 30, 2020.

 

       Commercial Tenant 2

 

The protections provided by the Order also do not apply to a commercial tenant 2, which the Order defines as a commercial tenant (other than a commercial tenant 3) in office work space that is not a non-profit, does not collect sales tax on greater than 50% of its revenue, does not provide medical, dental, veterinary, fitness, educational, or child, marriage, family, mental health, or substance abuse counseling services, and does not use the office work space to engage primarily in a “substantially limited business.” 

 

The Order defines a substantially limited business by reference to County public health orders as: (1) restaurants, retail business, hair salons and barbershops, fitness facilities, and museums, galleries, and other exhibition spaces that closed or substantially limited their operations as required by the County Safer at Home orders and whose reopening remains subject to substantial limitations as the result of protocols imposed by the County’s June 11 Reopening Order; and   (2) higher-risk businesses that remain closed as required by the County’s June 11 Reopening Order. 

 

Any protections a commercial tenant 2 who provided the required notice and documentation may have received under prior versions of the Order are extended to July 31, 2020, but terminate as of that date, meaning that a commercial tenant 2 will need to repay any unpaid rent by, at the latest, August 31, 2020.

 

      Commercial Tenant 1

 

The Order extends to July 31, 2020 the temporary eviction moratorium for a commercial tenant 1, which the Order defines as any commercial tenant other than a commercial tenant 2 or 3. 

 

A commercial tenant 1 may not be evicted for nonpayment of rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19 until 12 months after June 30, 2020.  For rent due between March 18, 2020 and June 30, 2020, the commercial tenant 1 qualifies for this protection if, within 30 days after the rent was due, it provided the notice and documentation required by prior versions of the Order.  For rent that becomes due after July 1, 2020, a commercial tenant 1 qualifies for this protection if, within 30 days after the rent is due, it provides the following notice and documentation:

 

  • For a commercial tenant 1 engaged in a substantially limited business (as defined above), notice and documentation that indicates any loss of income or expenses due to COVID-19;
  • For any other commercial tenant 1, notice that the tenant has suffered financial impacts relating to COVID-19 that have resulted in a substantial loss of income or substantial increase in expenses that has materially negatively affected its ability to pay rent together with supporting documentation sufficient to establish this, for example, a profit and loss statement, a letter from an accountant, or a written explanation setting out an objectively verifiable explanation of the financial impacts the tenant has suffered as the result of COVID-19. 

 

The Order encourages landlords and commercial tenants to negotiate modifications to rental agreements and payment plans to accommodate changed economic circumstances of commercial landlords and tenants arising from the financial impacts of COVID-19. 

 

For questions about the City’s eviction moratorium, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400. For help in completing the tenant notice form or to file a complaint regarding eviction activity in violation of the order, please contact the Public Rights Division of the City Attorney’s Office at (310) 458-8336, or Consumer.Mailbox@smgov.net

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Closure of Pier Deck: Supplement 2 

3.15.2020 

Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council: 03.19.20    

Effective Through: 06.30.20 

The Pier Deck closed to the public effective at 6 am Monday, March 16, 2020.   

 

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Temporary Closure of Businesses (Restaurants, Bars, Gyms/Fitness, Salons and Beauty Providers, etc): Supplement 3 

3.16.2020 

Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council: 03.19.20 

Effective Through: 06.30.20 

The following businesses were closed to the public effective on March 16, 2020, at noon: 

  • Bars and nightclubs, except for delivery or pick-up 
  • Restaurants and retail food facilities (not including cafeterias, commissaries and restaurants in hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks) except for delivery, pick up or drive-thru 
  • Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades  
  • Gyms and fitness centers  
  • Businesses providing physical health and beauty services, including spas, hair salons, massage parlors, and nail salons, that do not provide medical care or services  

Trucks and other vehicles that deliver grocery items to grocery stores are exempted from any limitations on delivery hours from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020, unless extended. 

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Preferential Parking Suspended and Emergency Zoning Modifications: Revised Supplement 4 

3.17.2020 

Revised Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council: 03.19.20     

Effective Through: 06.30.20 

Effective March 17, 2020, the City has suspended or modified the following parking and planning codes: 

  • Public safety, hospital, clinic, and emergency shelter uses are now permitted in all districts; and development standards, design review, parking and access requirements, and sign standards related to these uses may be waived by the Director of the Department of Planning & Community Development. 
  • Drive through facilities are now permitted for clinics, convenience markets, farmers markets, general markets, hospitals, pharmacies, and restaurants. 
  • All laws and regulations establishing planning review deadlines or authorizing automatic planning approvals are suspended. 
  • All interim zoning ordinances are extended. 
  • Street sweeping will not be conducted unless essential for health and safety, and parking citations associated with street sweeping will not be issued.   
  • Preferential parking regulations are suspended. 
  • Oversize vehicles may deviate from previously regulated routes in order to reach destinations. 
  • Breeze bike share user fees are suspended. 

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Suspend Parking Restrictions, Big Blue Bus Fares, Late Penalties on City Bills: Revised Supplement 5 

3.18.2020 

Revised Supplement 

Press Release 

Ratified by City Council:  03.19.20     

Effective Through: 06.30.20 

Effective March 18, 2020, the City: 

  • Suspends Big Blue Bus fares 
  • Suspends late fees for RRR and water utilities, parking citations and other specific fees and taxes 
  • Parking in green zones is permitted 
  • Vehicle towing is suspended for abandoned vehicles, expired tabs and unpaid parking citations 

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Expedite Human Resources Activities by Temporarily Suspending Labor Negotiations and Certain Personnel-Related Provisions of the Municipal Code: Supplement 6 

3.20.2020 

 Supplement

 Press Release

Ratified by City Council: 4.14.20

Effective Through: 06.30.20 

The COVID-19 pandemic has required the City to engage in emergency action, requiring significant investment, including the continuation of pay and benefits for our employee population.  The Human Resources Department has also suspended processes and activities that require City staff and job applicants to meet in person, in compliance with efforts to reduce potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 for all in the workplace.  Accordingly:  

  • All labor negotiations will be suspended through April 30, 2020 so that the City may assess the financial impacts of COVID-19 prior to engaging in collective bargaining.  
  • Administration of examinations that require City staff and applicants to meet in person have been suspended.   
  • Santa Monica Municipal Code and Santa Monica Charter requirements associated with the administration of competitive examinations and the appointment of individuals from eligibility lists are suspended to allow the City to make immediate appointments during the emergency.  
  • Certain requirements and minimum qualifications associated with the appointment of temporary, limited-term, and as-needed employees are suspended.   
  • Appointments of individuals not from an eligibility list to regular assignments will be subject to a probationary period. 

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Restaurant Alcoholic Beverage Service and Use of Administrative Citations: Supplement 7 

3.21.20 

 Supplement

 

Ratified by City Council: 4.14.20

Effective Through: 06.30.20

To align with the State Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Notice of Regulatory Relief issued on March 19, 2020, sales of alcoholic beverages by restaurants for off-site consumption are hereby permitted via delivery and take-out. In addition, relaxed regulations for sales of alcoholic beverages by retailers for off-site consumption, including deliveries and extended sales hours from 6 am to 2 am daily, are also hereby adopted.  

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Local Enforcement of Safer at Home / Stay at Home Orders: Supplement 8 

NOT YET ISSUED

 Supplement

 Press Release 

Ratified by City Council: 4.14.20     

Effective Through: 06.30.20

 The City hereby adopts all directives included in Governor of the State of California’s Stay at Home Order and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order.  Should the directives conflict, the stricter regulation shall apply, unless acknowledged otherwise by both the Governor and the County Department of Public Health. 

These directives shall be enforceable by the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica Code Enforcement Division pursuant to California Government Code Section 8665 and Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 2.16.100.   

In addition, the City is authorized to issue administrative citations to enforce emergency orders as follows: 

  • Revised First Supplement to the Executive Order (Temporary Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions) - $1000 per violation 
  • Second Supplement to the Executive Order (Pier Closure) - for individuals: $100 for first violation, $250 for second violation within one year, $500 for third or subsequent violations within one year; for violations by businesses: $500 for first violation, $750 for second violation within one year, $1000 for third or subsequent violations within one year 
  • Third Supplement to the Executive Order (Business Closure) - $500 for first violation, $750 for second violation within one year, $1000 for third or subsequent violations within one year 
  • Eighth Supplement to the Executive Order (Stay at Home / Safer at Home Orders) - for individuals: $100 for first violation, $250 for second violation within one year, $500 for third or subsequent violations within one year; for violations by businesses: $500 for first violation, $750 for second violation within one year, $1000 for third or subsequent violations within one year           

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City Facilities, City Leases and Licenses, Public Records Requests, SMFD Annual Permits: Supplement 9 3.27.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council: 4.14.20 Effective Through: 06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:   

  • Extension of City Facility Closures: City facilities will remain closed to private events, activities, programs, and gatherings until April 30, 2020.  All previously scheduled events for this time period will be cancelled, with notice and information about eligibility for refunds to be provided to the reservation holders.   
  • Extension of City Hall and City Public Counter Closures: City Hall and all non-essential City public counters will also remain closed to the public until April 30, 2020. City staff continue to serve the public remotely, but community members should call or check the website before coming to any City facility in person to conduct business.  
  • City Leases and Licenses: Late payment fees for City leases and licenses are waived through April 30, 2020.  Rent payments for the month of April are suspended for businesses holding outdoor dining licenses with the City, City tenants on the Santa Monica Pier, and, at the discretion of the Director of Housing and Economic Development, other City tenants whose business activities have been suspended due to public health orders. 
  • Public Records: The City may delay responses to public records requests during the local emergency where such requests require searches that are hindered by emergency operations. 
  • Santa Monica Fire Department Annual Permits of Operation – Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation that are currently set to expire on May 1, 2020, shall be automatically extended by one month and shall now expire on June 1, 2020.  

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Construction – Social Distancing: Supplement 10 4.1.2020
Supplement  Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through:06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:   

  • Construction projects are currently allowed to continue under the Governor’s Stay at Home and the LA County Department of Public Health Safer at Home Orders.  However, all construction projects must be operated in accordance with social distancing and hygiene requirements pursuant to those Orders.  In furtherance of those requirements, this supplement requires: (a) handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer to be installed at entrances to construction projects, (b) shared tools and equipment to be sanitized, (d) posting signage instructing workers of the social distancing and  sanitation requirements and entrance limitations for ill workers or those in recent close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and (d) workers not to gather in groups larger than three during breaks and to maintain a six-foot social distance during such breaks.  In addition, if construction is taking place within an occupied residential building, steps must be taken to minimize contact with areas within the building but not within the construction site and to clean and sanitize those areas regularly.  The Building Officer is authorized to issue a stop work order at any construction site operating in violation of those Orders or this supplement and to promulgate regulations in furtherance of the supplement or the Orders. 

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Cloth Face Coverings at Certain Essential Businesses: Supplement 11 4.8.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:   

  • Cloth face coverings must be worn by all individuals who work or provide services at nine categories of essential businesses, defined as a “covered business” under this supplement, which includes grocery stores, farmers markets, hardware stores, dry cleaners, food/goods delivery services, restaurants/food facilities, hotels/motels, and taxis/ride-sharing services.   
  • Owners or operators of covered businesses must provide, at their own expense, cloth face coverings for workers.   
  • Customers of and visitors to covered businesses must also wear cloth face coverings.  Covered businesses may refuse admission or service to an individual who fails to wear a required cloth face covering.   
  • In addition, all residents of the City are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings whenever they go outdoors to obtain essential services and goods. 
  • Violations of this supplement or regulations are subject to citations and penalties as set forth in the Order.

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Planning and Permit Activities, Extended Stays in Hotels and Motels, Discounts for First Responders and Disaster Workers: Supplement 12 4.24.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:   

  • Deadlines for reviewing and acting on planning applications, exercising rights under planning entitlements, and expiration of building permits are tolled commencing as of March 16, 2020.  Deadlines will be tolled in accordance with all applicable state law and Executive Orders issued by the Governor.   
  • Lodging establishments operating as Hotels and Motels under Santa Monica’s zoning rules are permitted to allow stays of greater than 30 days.
  • The City’s rule precluding employees from accepting gifts of any sort is waived for City first responders and disaster workers to allow them to take advantage of City-approved public or private discount, specials, and subsidies programs.  The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will maintain a list of approved programs.

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Limits on Construction Noise, Suspend Plastic Bag Ban, Extend Fire Permits, Extend Eligibility for Affordable Housing: Supplement 13 5.8.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following:

  • Suspends the City’s requirement that retailers charge customers for reusable bags and allows retailers to provide single-use carryout bags as a last resort
  • Extends eligibility to the City’s affordable housing programs to include individuals who were working in Santa Monica prior to March 1, 2020, but lost employment due to COVID-19 related reasons. 
  • Fire Department annual permits of operation expiration date extended to July 1.
  • Construction: Limits to between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays the conduct of certain loud construction activities, including cement cutting or grinding, sandblasting, and the use of pile drivers, jackhammers, or pavement breakers, at construction projects other than public works construction.

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Extend Local Emergency to June 30 and Require Face Coverings for Outdoor Activities: Supplement 14 5.14.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following: 

  • Extended the local emergency and all associated orders to June 30, 2020. 
  • Requires cloth face coverings for all permitted outdoor activities, except water activities.  Children under two and individuals who have breathing difficulties, are unable to remove a cloth face covering without assistance, or have a disability that prevent the use of a cloth face covering are exempted from this requirement, but must comply with all other social/physical distancing requirements.

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Resume Preferential Parking Enforcement in Beach Zone 3 on May 22; Street Sweeping Resumes on June 1: Supplement 15 5.15.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

As further response to the local emergency created by the spread of COVID-19, the City Manager, acting as Executive Director of Emergency Services, has ordered the following: 

  • Resume enforcing preferential parking rules in Zone 3 beginning May 22. Preferential parking rules in other zones remain suspended for the length of the local emergency.
  • Resume enforcement at the Main Street Lot 11 (170 Hollister) and no longer allow the storage of residential cars.

Street sweeping to resume on June 1, on the first full week of each month. Citations for parking violations based on street sweeping remain suspended.

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Limited resumption of Board and Commission meetings; limits on third-party food delivery service charges: Supplement 16 5.19.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

The Sixteenth Supplement:

  • Authorizes specified Boards, Commissions, and other appointed bodies to resume limited meetings for the purpose of exercising specified adjudicative and quasi-adjudicative duties assigned to them by the Charter and/or Municipal code. Meetings will be conducted remotely pending further order.
  • Imposes a 15% cap on delivery fees and a 5% cap on other fees charged to restaurants by third-party food delivery companies.  The cap will go into effect May 26, 2020.  Similar caps have been imposed by a number of cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Closures and re-openings of restaurants and businesses aligned with State and County orders: Supplement 17 5.29.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 06.30.20

The Seventeenth Supplement:

  • Supersedes and replaces the Third Supplement.
  • Specifies that closures and re-openings of businesses within Santa Monica shall be in accordance with State and County orders, with those imposing stricter regulations controlling in the event of conflict.
  • Continues to exempt trucks and other vehicles that deliver grocery items to grocery stores from limitations on delivery hours.
  • Is effective through June 30, 2020, or as further extended.

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Temporary outdoor dining; temporary outdoor business activities; phased reopening of pier; two-year extension of planning, review, and permit-related actions; waiver and suspensions of certain fees and payments; extension of business license renewal delinquency date: Second Revised Supplement 18 O 5.29.2020

R: 06.05.2020
06.23.2020

Supplement | Revised Second Supplement | Revised Third Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council: 06.09.2020

Effective Through:
09.07.2020 – Temporary Outdoor Dining
10.31.2020 – Business License Delinquency Date Extension
06.30.2020 – Balance of Order

The Eighteenth Supplement:

  • A third revised 18th supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency declaration extending the use of outdoor commercial spaces. The supplement authorizes additional uses of outdoor space and provides greater clarity to local businesses around furnishings and materials as outdoor dining, retail, and services expand to safely bring Santa Monica’s vibrant local business offerings to the community. The supplement further authorizes such uses through the duration of LA County’s Safer at Home Order, plus an additional 30 days, so long as businesses either enter into an encroachment agreement with or obtain a permit from the City. All businesses must enter into new agreements with the City by September 7 (the date the second revised 18th supplement was set to expire) to continue to use the public right-of-way and obtain a permit to continue to use their private outdoor space. Read more>

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Supplements extended to July 31, 2020 with specified exceptions: Supplement 19 O: 06.29.2020
Supplement Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through:  07.31.2020

The Nineteenth Supplement:

  • With specified exceptions, extends the expiration of prior supplements that remain in place to July 31, 2020.  Later expiration dates stated in specific supplements remain unchanged.

Exceptions to the extension are the following: 

  • Impositions of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes may resume as of July 1, 2020;
  •  Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles may resume as of July 1, 2020;
  • The suspension of the prohibitions of Sana Monica Municipal Code Sections 5.45.020 and 5.45.030 relating to stores providing bags to customers at the point of sale without charge is not further extended, and these prohibitions will be in force as of July 1, 2020;
  • The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation is not further extended, and they will expire as of July 1, 2020;
  • Issuance of parking citations associated with street sweeping may resume as of July 1, 2020.

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Face Covering requirements and enforcement: Supplement 20

O: 07.01.2020

R: 07.07.2020

Supplement | Revised First Supplement Press Release | Revised Press Release
Ratified by City Council: 07.14.2020 Effective Through:  07.31.2020

Twentieth Supplement:

In accordance with the County Safer at Home Orders and the California Department of Health’s recent Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, the Twentieth Supplement sets out specifics regarding the requirement that all individuals wear face coverings whenever they leave their place of residence. In particular, the supplement makes clear that the face covering requirement applies:

  • when individuals are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private spaces, including, but not limited to, walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities (this requires that a face covering be worn whenever a moving person approaches within 30 feet of a non-household member);
  • when patronizing a business, including while standing in line to enter any business;
  • when obtaining services from healthcare operations, unless otherwise directed by the healthcare provider;
  • when obtaining services from and while inside or at any location or facility engaging in essential government functions;
  • when waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • when driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present;
  • when participating in an in-person protest; and
  • when engaged in work, either at a business or off-site (other than at one’s own residence) and (i) interacting in-person with any member of the public; (ii) working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; (iii) working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; (iv) working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; or (v) in any room or enclosed area where people who are non-household members are present and unable to maintain a minimum six-foot separation from one another. 

Exemptions from the face covering requirement apply to the following:

  • persons younger than two years old;
  • persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • persons who are (i) outdoors alone or with household members; (ii) stationary; and (iii) maintaining at least six feet between the edge of the area they are in and the edge of the next closest person’s area;
  • persons who are actively engaged in a water-based activity, including, but not limited to, swimming and surfing.
  • persons compliant with the County Department of Health’s Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining under which customers who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service are not required to wear face coverings while they are eating or drinking;
  • persons wearing personal protective equipment (“PPE”), such as medical-grade N95 respirator or a similar mask that is more protective than a face covering;
  • persons compliant with any other reopening protocol issued by the County Department of Health authorizing persons to remove their face coverings. 

The supplement specifies that business operators may refuse admission or service to any person who fails to wear a face covering as required or fails to comply with social distancing requirements imposed by the County Safer at Home orders.  The supplement also authorizes administrative citations for failing to wear face coverings as required, with fines for individuals of $100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation. 

First Revised Twentieth Supplement:

The revisions –

  • Further clarify the requirement that all persons must wear face coverings whenever they leave their place of residence and are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private spaces, including, but not limited to, walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • Clarify that having a face covering visible and immediately ready to put on whenever within 30 feet of another non-household member is intended to satisfy the face covering requirement when walking, running, biking, or otherwise exercising or moving in outdoor areas such as sidewalks, parks, paths, and trails; and
  • Add provisions permitting limited inquiries to those asserting exemptions from the face covering because of medical condition, mental health condition, or disability to prevent fraudulent assertions of such exemptions.

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Reducing Number of Nominating Signatures Required for November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election and Waiving Fee for Extra Sets of Nomination Papers; Second Revised Twenty-First Supplement O: 07.08.2020 R: 07.09.2020 07.10.2020
Supplement | First Revised SupplementSecond Revised Supplement  Press Release 
Ratified by City Council  Effective Through: end of election nominating period

Twenty-First Supplement:

The California Secretary of State and County election officials have advised that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they must continue to require that nominating papers contain original signatures and cannot accept electronic signatures. While California Elections Code Section 11020, which applies to general law cities, states that for cities with 1,000 or more registered voters, the number of nominating signatures required is between 20 and 30, Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Section 11.04.010 requires candidates to gather nominating signatures from no less than 100 voters. Balancing the potential COVID-19 risks posed by possible personal contact between and among those circulating nominating papers and the voters signing those nomination papers, and the interest reflected in SMMC Section 11.04.010 that candidates demonstrate significant voter support for their nominations, the Twenty-First Supplement reduces the number of nominating signatures that must be gathered by candidates to which SMMC Section 11.04.010 would apply from 100 to 60.

Revised Twenty-First Supplement:

The revision adds a waiver of the $1 fee for each additional set of nominating papers after the first two sets. Providing candidates with additional sets of nominating papers at no charge is intended to enable candidates to gather fewer nominating signatures on any one set of nominating papers, thus reducing the likelihood that larger groups of nominating voters will be required to get together to sign.

Second Revised Twenty-First Supplement:

Further reduces the number of nominating signatures from 60 to 30.

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Extension of Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratoriums; Twenty-Second Supplement                      O: 07.15.2020
Supplement  Press Release 
Ratified by City Council  Effective Through: 09.30.2020

The Fifth Revised First Supplement issued June 17, 2020 extended eviction moratoriums for residential and some commercial tenants through July 31, 2020. 

The Twenty-Second Supplement: 

  • Extends the eviction moratorium for residential tenants through September 30, 2020.
  • Extends the eviction moratorium for some commercial tenants through August 31, 2020. The extension applies to a commercial tenant 1 as defined in the Fifth Revised First Supplement.

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Supplements extended to August 31, 2020 with specified exceptions; Twenty-Third Supplement O: 07.28.2020
Supplement  Press Release 
Ratified by City Council: Effective Through: 08.31.2020

The Twenty-Third Supplement:

  • With the same exceptions specified in the Nineteenth Supplement (which extended the expiration of the supplements to July 31, 2020), extends the expiration of prior supplements that remain in place to August 31, 2020. Later expiration dates stated in specific supplements remain unchanged.
  • Exceptions to the earlier extension that remain in place are the following:
  • Impositions of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes resumed as of July 1, 2020;
  • Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles resumed as of July 1, 2020;
  • The suspension of the prohibitions of Sana Monica Municipal Code Sections 5.45.020 and 5.45.030 relating to stores providing bags to customers at the point of sale without charge is not further extended, and these prohibitions came back into force as of July 1, 2020;
  • The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation was not further extended, and they expired as of July 1, 2020;
  • Issuance of parking citations associated with street sweeping resumed as of July 1, 2020.

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Enforcement against prohibited gatherings;  commercial tenant 1 eviction moratorium extended to September 30, 2020; emergency supplements extended to September 30, 2020 with specified exceptions; suspension of water service shut off and late penalties for non-payment of water, sewer, and RRR bills extended to December 31, 2020 O: 08.24.2020
Supplement  Press Release 
Ratified by City Council: Effective Through: 09.30.2020

The Twenty-Fourth Supplement:

  • Makes it a strict liability offense punishable as a misdemeanor or by administrative citation for any responsible person to conduct or allow a prohibited gathering at a residence or other private property.
  • Prohibited gatherings are any gatherings of 20 or more natural persons who are not part of a single household or living unit, unless the gathering is expressly permitted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Safer at Home Order.
  • Responsible persons include owners, tenants, landlords, and managers of properties, and the persons who organize the prohibited gatherings.
  • Administrative penalties are set at $500 for a first violation, $750 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation committed within one year.
  • After issuance of a citation to an owner, tenant, landlord, or manager, the City may also shut off utility services to the residence or other private property.
  • Extends the eviction moratorium for commercial tenant 1s (as defined in the Fifth Revised First Supplement) through September 30, 2020.
  • With the same exceptions specified in the Nineteenth and Twenty-Third Supplements (the latter of which extended the expiration of the supplements to August 31, 2020), extends the expiration of prior supplements that remain in place to September 30, 2020. Later expiration dates stated in specific supplements remain unchanged.  Exceptions to the earlier extensions that remain in place are the following:
  • Impositions of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes resumed as of July 1, 2020;
  • Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles resumed as of July 1, 2020;
  • The suspension of the prohibitions of Sana Monica Municipal Code Sections 5.45.020 and 5.45.030 relating to stores providing bags to customers at the point of sale without charge is not further extended, and these prohibitions came back into force as of July 1, 2020;
  • The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation was not further extended, and they expired as of July 1, 2020;
  • Issuance of parking citations associated with street sweeping resumed as of July 1, 2020.
  • Extends the suspension of the discontinuation or shut off of water service for non-payment of water or sewer bills through December 31, 2020.
  • Extends the suspension of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent water, sewer, and refuse and recycling collection bills through December 31, 2020.

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Housing Commission to Make Recommendations Regarding Certain Reports; Architecture Review Board to Review Proposals and Make Recommedations O: 09.10.2020
Supplement
Ratified by City Council: Effective Through: 09.30.2020

The Twenty-Fifth Supplement:

  • Authorizes the Housing Commission to meet to review and make recommendations regarding certain reports as to which their action is required before the Housing Authority takes action on them; and
    In accordance with Council direction at its September 8 meeting, authorizes the Architecture Review Board to meet to review and make recommendations regarding any staff proposals to modify its authority or procedures. 

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Enforcement against prohibited gatherings;  commercial tenant 1 eviction moratorium extended to September 30, 2020; emergency supplements extended to September 30, 2020 with specified exceptions; suspension of water service shut off and late penalties for non-payment of water, sewer, and RRR bills extended to December 31, 2020 O: 09.18.2020
Supplement  Press Release
Ratified by City Council:  Effective Through: 12.31.2020

The Twenty-Sixth Supplement:

  • Supersedes and replaces Section 1 of the Ninth Supplement to permit some events, activities, programs, and gatherings scheduled in City facilities by permit or license if they are permitted by and will be conducted in accordance with all requirements of the County Safer at Home Order.
  • Authorizes the Director of the Community Services Director to implement guidelines and regulations to permit the use of City sites for drive-in movie theaters, vehicle-based parades, concerts, and other events to the extent permitted by and conducted in accordance with all requirements of the County Safer at Home Order.
  • Extends the City’s moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for reasons other than nonpayment of rent through December 31, 2020. The City’s moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for nonpayment of rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19 was previously extended to September 30, 2020.  AB 3088 precludes further extension of the City moratorium for nonpayment of rent, but implements a statewide moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 financial distress effective through January 31, 2020. 
  • Extends the eviction moratorium for nonpayment of rent by commercial tenant 1s (as defined in the Fifth Revised First Supplement) through December 31, 2020, subject to the requirement that for rent due after September 30, 2020, except for rent due for periods in which the commercial tenant 1’s business remains closed because the County Safer at Home Order requires it to remain closed, the commercial tenant 1 must pay at least 50% of the rent due in accordance with the terms for payment set out in the tenant’s lease.
  • Authorizes the Director of the Community Services Department to promulgate regulations and issue permits for gym and fitness establishments to engage in commercial fitness activities at City parks, City park parking lots, and City beaches.
  • Supersedes and replaces Section 5 of the Revised Fifth Supplement to suspend all penalties related to business licenses and business improvement district assessments for fiscal year 2019-2020 through October 31, 2020. Penalties related to business licenses for fiscal year 2020-2021 will begin to accrue as of September 1, 2020 unless an extension application was timely filed pursuant to the Third Revised Eighteenth Supplement.  Penalties related to business improvement district assessments for fiscal year 2020-2021 are not suspended and will begin to accrue if the assessments are not timely paid.
  • With the same exceptions specified in the Nineteenth, Twenty-Third, and Twenty-Fourth Supplements (the latter of which extended the expiration of the supplements to September 30, 2020), extends the expiration of prior supplements that remain in place to December 31, 2020. Later expiration dates stated in specific supplements remain unchanged.  Exceptions to the earlier extensions that remain in place are the following: 
  • Impositions of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes resumed as of July 1, 2020;
  • Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles resumed as of July 1, 2020;
  • The suspension of the prohibitions of Sana Monica Municipal Code Sections 5.45.020 and 5.45.030 relating to stores providing bags to customers at the point of sale without charge is not further extended, and these prohibitions came back into force as of July 1, 2020;
  • The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation was not further extended, and they expired as of July 1, 2020;
  • Issuance of parking citations associated with street sweeping resumed as of July 1, 2020. 

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Street performance on the Pier, Third Street Promenade, or Transit Mall; Temporary Curbside Pickup Zones; HUD CDBG Procedures; Temporary Use Permits for Events Allowed by County Safer at Home Order O: 10.07.2020
Supplement Press Release 
Ratified by City Council:         Effective Through:  12.31.2020
  • To ensure compliance with County social distancing requirements and the County’s prohibition on live audiences for street performers: suspends the issuance of permits for street performers at the Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Transmit Mall, with the result that street performers will not be allowed in those spaces during their most crowded times, after noon Monday through Friday and on weekends and holidays; and prohibits street performers in those spaces at all other times from encouraging any person from gathering to observe the performance while requiring performers to comply with all County social distancing requirements, including the wearing of face coverings.
  • Authorizes the Director of the Community Development Department to issue regulations authorizing businesses to post curbside pickup signs on parking meters adjacent to or near the business and designating spaces in public parking lots where the City may post curbside pickup signs.
  • Temporarily suspends certain Municipal Code requirements regarding procedures relating to HUD Community Development Block Grants that are inconsistent with HUD procedures adopted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Authorizes the Director of the Community Development Department to issue regulations regarding and issue temporary use permits for certain uses allowed by the County Safer at Home Order, including temporary outdoor sales and special events, for a period longer than 45 days but less than 180 days.

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Expanded Curbside Pickup Zones and Other Business Recovery Measures Approved O: 11.24.2020
Supplement Press Release

Ratified by City Council:        

Effective Through:  12.31.2020

The Twenty-Eighth Supplement:

  • Authorizes, and provides rules and authorizes the Director of the Community Development Department to issue regulations regarding, the temporary extension by certain eligible businesses of their operations into unused portions of the parking lane on Main Street where the City has placed K-rails.
  • Waives the permit fee for tents larger than 400 square feet for any special event permit filed with the Santa Monica Fire Department in connection with a temporary use authorized by Sections 1 to 10 of this supplement or Sections 19 to 78 of the Third Revised Eighteenth Supplement.
  • Expands temporary curbside pickup zones by allowing the designation and use of on-street parking spaces where no metered spaces are adjacent to the business.
  • Clarifies that the two-year extension of deadlines for planning, review, and permit actions implemented by the Third Revised Eighteenth Supplement does not extend the deadlines for appeals as set forth in Articles VIII and IX of the Santa Monica Municipal Code.
  • Authorizes voluntary temporary disconnection of City water service for commercial property accounts, excluding fire service accounts, upon payment of a temporary disconnection fee of $208.00.
  • Clarifies that landlords’ service of require Notices of Terminations of Tenancy in accordance with instructions from the Rent Control Board upon its acceptance of a notice of intent to Ellis a building will not violate the eviction moratorium, while specifying that no unlawful detainer action based on removal of a unit from the rental market pursuant to the Ellis Act may be filed until sixty days after the expiration of this Order.
  • Extends the suspensions of water service shut off and imposition of late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent water, sewer, and/r refuse and recycling collection bills through March 31, 2021.

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