Last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic led to shelter-in-place restrictions throughout the world, preventing travel and separating many of us from loved ones. As California has begun to reopen and people once again resume moving around the state, we’re asking them to do so in a thoughtful, safe, and respectful manner.
A big part of that involves preparation. California’s recovery is unfolding at different rates in different communities, and the advisories in place vary by county and region. If you are planning to venture out, please familiarize yourself with local guidelines and regulations in your destination.
We also ask that you read and follow the California Responsible Travel Code below, which is designed to ensure that the Golden State remains a beautiful and viable destination over the long haul.
California Responsible Travel Code
Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.
Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.
Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.
Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.
Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.
Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.
Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.
More Essential Resources
In addition to the local guidelines and regulations in your destination, the below resources may prove useful as you explore the Golden State.
(NOTE: As of November 21, be advised that California has a limited stay-at-home order in place, through December 21, for counties in the strictest tier of the state’s reopening roadmap. Under this order, most nonessential activity is prohibited between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.)