• Travel Advisory

Travel Advisories


Last updated January 24th, 5:00pm

The safety of our visitors and residents is the most important thing to us on the Half Moon Bay Coastside. As people around the world respond to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we want to keep you informed about the measures being taken in our area to ensure the health of our community. 


Government Response

A Regional Stay Home Order went into effect at 11:59 PM on December 17th, 2020. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period.

Businesses that are open are expected to engage in “Social Distancing,” which includes maintaining at least six feet of space between individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands. 



Closed for in-state reservations unless used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers or those displaced as a result of fire or other emergencies, or housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. Open for non-essential, out-of-state reservations so long as a reservation is at least the minimum time period required for quarantine. Contact individual hotels for more information about their services during this time.



Restaurants in San Mateo County currently allowed to offer take-out and delivery only. Many of the establishments in our restaurant directory offer take-out and delivery. We've marked those that are currently operating with the most up-to-date information that we have. Bars are closed.


Shopping and Recreation

Retail businesses are permitted to open for in-store shopping at 20% of normal capacity with modifications to ensure social distancing. Businesses offering outdoor recreation are operating, including golf courses, charter boats, and horseback riding. Please check with individual businesses before making plans.



Private gatherings of any size are prohibited under the Regional Stay at Home order.


Beaches, Parks and other recreation

Are Half Moon Bay beaches open?
Most state beaches in the Half Moon Bay area are open, including parking lots and bathrooms. Beachgoers are required to engage in social distancing and face coverings should be worn in public wherever it's not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside your own household. Park stores and visitor centers are closed.

What other recreation is open in Half Moon Bay?
Trails at Quarry Park, Pillar Point Bluff, Mirada Surf West, and Devil's Slide are open. Blufftop trails at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are open, but tide pool and beach access is closed. 

Memorial Park, Pescadero Creek Park, Sam McDonald Park, and Tunitas Creek Beach remain closed in response to wildfires in the area earlier this year.

Visitors to county parks are required to hike single file on narrow trails, keep six feet apart from others, not congregate with people who aren’t from their household, and carry face coverings.

Is Pillar Point Harbor open?
Pillar Point Harbor is open. Public access to Johnson Pier, the boat launch ramp and off-the-dock fish sales has been restored. Restrooms are open and will be cleaned twice daily. Questions about Pillar Point Harbor can be directed to (650) 726-4382.

We want you to stay healthy and safe while you're with us in the Half Moon Bay area, and we're doing our best to keep this information current. Always verify directly with local businesses before making plans.