Last updated May 17th, 10:40am
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.
Local Government Response
Public Health Officers in the Bay Area counties have issued a legal order directing residents to stay in their homes until May 31st, 2020. This order limits activity, travel and business functions to the most essential needs. Public health officials made this decision based on input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world.
Most non-essential businesses will be closed during this period of time. Essential businesses are permitted to operate, including health care providers, social services, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, and utilities. These businesses that remain in operation 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. For full details, see the press release.
Outdoor businesses, such a plant nurseries and certain types of recreation are permitted to operate beginning May 4. Non-essential retail businesses are permitted to offer curbside pickup of orders beginning May 18. Please check with individual businesses before making plans.
Many local hotels, motels, and inns remain open to meet the needs of their guests, while maintaining Social Distancing practices and regular cleaning. Contact individual hotels for more information about their services during this time.
All restaurants in the Bay Area are permitted to remain open, but are limited to take-out and delivery (where available). Many of the establishments in our restaurant directory have such options available, but because of the rapidly changing situation, it's best to reach out to them directly to learn about their current offerings. If you're staying in a local hotel, their staff will be able to direct you to nearby restaurants that offer take-out and delivery options.
Public events in the Bay Area have been cancelled until after May 31st, 2020. Many private events have been affected as well. If you had plans to attend an event in the area, please check with the event's organizer.
Beaches, Parks and other recreation
Are Half Moon Bay beaches open?
State beaches are technically open, but are to be used only for running, walking, cycling, water sports, or other form of physical activity. Parking lots and restrooms are closed. You may not bring umbrellas, tents or other shade structures, BBQs or grills, coolers, or chairs. Street parking near most beaches is limited to residents only and parking regulations are being strictly enforced by local law enforcement. Park stores and visitor centers are also closed.
Between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm daily, all public access to parks, trails, and beaches west of Highway 1 is closed to anyone whose residence is not within reasonable walking distance, and you may not use a vehicle to travel to affected areas west of Highway 1 during those hours.
What other recreation is open in Half Moon Bay?
Trails at Quarry Park, Pillar Point Bluff, Mirada Surf West, and Pescadero Creek reopened on May 4th. Blufftop trails at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are open, but tide pool and beach access is closed. 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 closed to visitors. Restrooms, launch ramps, piers, and parking lots in the harbor are closed to the public until further notice. 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.