What’s open and closed in SoCal below newest COVID guidelines

The calendar might have modified however COVID-19 restrictions haven’t let up in 2021.

The state on Jan. 6 requested residents to remain house, particularly inside 120 miles of where they live. The spike in coronavirus instances and the arrival of a brand new, extra contagious pressure of the virus prompted the motion. And Tuesday the Facilities for Illness Management introduced it can require worldwide air vacationers, together with People returning house from one other nation, to current a negative COVID-19 test beginning Jan. 26.

In Southern California, the Santa Monica Pier is now closed to pedestrians and automobiles on Saturdays and Sundays for not less than the month of January. It is going to stay open on weekdays till 10 p.m. The pier’s amusement park and merry-go-round have been closed for a number of months.

Boats rides from Ventura to Channel Islands National Park have been quickly suspended, and repair to Catalina Island has been reduce. Additionally, campgrounds at many nationwide forests in California will stay closed.

The governor’s earlier regional order forbids nonessential journey, outlined as trip or leisure journey. Whether or not open air or indoors, you may collect solely with members of your family. Additionally, hair and nail salons and household leisure facilities will stay shuttered. Retail companies are restricted to 20% capability, 35% for grocery shops.

The checklist under summarizes the standing of many California private and non-private areas, together with campgrounds and reservation casinos.

Boat providers

Those that thought of heading to Channel Islands National Park might want to postpone. Island Packers, the primary transportation supplier to the park, suspended journeys to the islands on Dec. 21, citing California’s robust COVID-19 restrictions. The Ventura-based firm’s web site notes that each one journeys “have been quickly suspended till additional discover.” Nonetheless, chances are you’ll make reservations for mid-February and early March.

Catalina Express diminished operations amid well being orders from the governor and L.A. County. Boat journeys from San Pedro and Dana Level to Catalina Island have been indefinitely suspended. Two spherical journeys per day are supplied from Lengthy Seaside to Avalon. Onboard galleys are closed, and passengers with take-out meals is not going to be allowed to eat or drink onboard.

Many whale-watching boats in L.A., Orange and San Diego counties are crusing, with restricted capability. That is the most well-liked time of yr to see grey whales alongside the coast on their annual migration from Alaska to breeding grounds in Mexico.

Different restrictions for Southern California:

Public playgrounds stay open after a quick closure in early December.

Cardrooms, indoor and outside, stay closed.

These locations (principally open air) stay open: seashores; piers (aside from the weekend Santa Monica pier closure); skate parks; some campgrounds; group gardens; drive-in theaters; golf programs; outside locations of worship; resorts; batting cages; go-karts; miniature golf programs; tennis, bocce and pickleball courts; outside swimming pools; and capturing and archery ranges.

These choices (principally indoors) are off the desk: indoor and outside eating rooms and patios (takeout is OK); arcades; bowling alleys; film theaters; bars and distilleries (aside from retail gross sales); nightclubs, reside efficiency theaters and live performance venues; museum, gallery and aquarium interiors; indoor locations of worship; stadiums and arenas; theme/amusement/water parks (extra on that later); and basketball and volleyball courts.

Face coverings and distancing in public are obligatory; public well being officers urge all to scrub their arms typically.

The renewal comes at a tense, in-between second within the pandemic battle. With vaccinations starting for frontline medical employees and others, many say the U.S. is now within the closing stretch of a marathon combat. However in lots of areas, coronavirus an infection and loss of life charges are larger than they’ve ever been. Furthermore, many individuals traveled over the Christmas vacation regardless of warnings to not, resulting in worries that hospital situations may get even worse.

Parks, trails and playgrounds


• Campgrounds at 12 nationwide forests in California will stay closed by Jan. 29, together with Angeles, Cleveland, Eldorado, Inyo and Los Padres forests in Southern California.

Angeles National Forest, aside from areas burned within the latest Bobcat and Lake fires. California 2, Angeles Crest Freeway, is closed at Purple Field/Mt. Wilson Highway till additional discover.

San Bernardino National Forest, aside from the San Gorgonio Wilderness Space, additionally due to latest wildfires.

• Federal and state parklands within the Santa Monica Mountains for day use, although some picnic tables and water fountains will not be accessible.

• Griffith Park. Miles of climbing trails and acres of grass. Some Griffith Park features stay closed, together with Griffith Observatory and Journey City. However the park pony ride is open to kids ages 1 to 14.

Elysian Park in L.A. (Most L.A.-area parks stay open.)

Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills. (Picnic tables and consuming fountains should not accessible.)

• Hollywood’s common Runyon Canyon Park is open with limits. Guests might full a one-way loop on the West Path; the East Path is closed.

Botanic gardens and zoos

Botanic gardens are restricted to 50% capability below the latest guidelines. You’ll have to have an advance reservation earlier than you go.


The Los Angeles Zoo is closed under current COVID-19 restrictions.

The Los Angeles Zoo is closed below present COVID-19 restrictions.

(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Instances)

• The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park is closed. Information: L.A. Zoo


• Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge is open day by day 9 a.m. to five p.m. Reservations are required (aside from members); tickets value $15. Information: Descanso Gardens

• The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Backyard in Arcadia is open 9 a.m. to five p.m. (final entry four:30 p.m.). Reservations are required; tickets value $15 every. Members might present their card and get in free. Information: The Arboretum

• South Coast Botanic Backyard on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is open eight a.m. to five p.m. (final entry four:30 p.m.). Reservations are required; tickets value $15 every. Members might present their card and get in free. Information: South Coast Botanic Garden

• The Huntington Library, Artwork Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino has its outside areas open. If you wish to go to, it’s essential to make a reservation (even members). Tickets value $25 to $29 for adults; open 10 a.m. to five p.m. Indoor areas are closed. Information: The Huntington

• The Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar requires reservations. Its gardens are open from 10:30 a.m. to four p.m.; tickets value $5. Information: Sherman Library & Gardens

• The California Botanic Backyard in Claremont requires reservations. Backyard hours are eight a.m. to five p.m. Tuesdays by Sundays. Tickets/reservations value $10. Information: California Botanic Garden

Theme parks

Your favourite curler coasters and different rides at theme parks are closed, however Orange County parks have partially reopened for eating and procuring.

• Disneyland Resort resorts stay closed indefinitely, as do the theme parks in Anaheim. Nonetheless, Downtown Disney District retailers and eating places comparable to Marceline’s Confectionary and Trolley Treats stay open; meals is for takeout solely and have to be eaten elsewhere. COVID-19 protocols stay in place on the web site.

Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak Metropolis are closed (however the Knott’s Berry Farm Resort and California Market stay open).

• Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita retains rides closed however will function its Holiday in the Park drive-through lights expertise weekends by Jan. 31.

State parks

California State Parks in affected areas stay open to guests however have quickly closed campgrounds for in a single day stays. Rangers urge guests to test prematurely with individual parks or ReserveCalifornia.com earlier than their go to.

These Southern California parks are absolutely closed: Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park in L.A. County; Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park in Kern County; and Border Field State Historic Park in San Diego County.

Nationwide parks

National parks in California stay open for day use however quickly closed campgrounds, lodgings and a few eating choices in early December. Southern California’s two nationwide parks — Joshua Tree and Channel Islands — and Death Valley National Park, which is generally in Inyo County — have closed campgrounds.

Different outside choices


Southern California ski resorts from the Wrightwood space to Huge Bear Lake are open day by day, with restricted lifts working. Many snow play locations are open. You may’t purchase walk-up tickets; purchase a carry ticket earlier than you allow house.

• Hollywood Without end Cemetery can be open eight a.m. to five p.m. The cemetery schedules hourlong kundalini yoga and meditation classes on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at eight a.m. (weekdays) or 9 a.m. (weekends) on its Fairbanks Garden. Pay by donation.

Forest Lawn Glendale, a cemetery that dates to 1906 and contains graves of many leisure figures. Indoor reveals (together with the Nice Mausoleum and the Nice Corridor of Liberty) are closed.

Sunset Ranch Hollywood, which gives horseback excursions of the higher reaches of Griffith Park close to the Hollywood Signal, is open day by day. Costs for one- and two-hour driving excursions, sometimes six riders per information, are $50-$95 per particular person.


• Although the Santa Monica Pier is open, its Pacific Park amusement rides, Ferris wheel and merry-go-round stay closed.

• Pop-up ice rinks are canceled this yr. The Vacation Ice Rink at Pershing Sq. in downtown L.A., Ice in Santa Monica and different rinks gained’t open.

Reservation gaming

Many reservation casinos, citing tribal sovereignty, have reopened all through California with a wide range of pandemic well being measures in place. Amongst them:

Pechanga (resort is closed), Riverside County
Morongo, San Bernardino County
San Manuel, San Bernardino County