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Travel Advisory: COVID-19

Last updated March 31, 5:45pm

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 shelter in their homes until May 3rd, 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.

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.


Our local hotels, motels, and inns are considered essential and many will 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 3rd, 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

Beaches and parks are closed. Park stores and visitor centers are also closed.

The following City beach parking lots are closed:

  • Poplar Beach
  • Redondo Beach
  • Miramontes Point Road

The following coastside State beach parking lots are closed:

  • Gray Whale Cove State Beach
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach
  • Montara State Beach
  • Pescadero State Beach
  • Pigeon Point Lighthouse
  • Pomponio State Beach
  • San Gregorio State Beach
  • Bean Hollow State Beach

Pillar Point Harbor is closed to visitors.

Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. 

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.