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Travel Updates: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

July 13, 2020:

Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic still allow travel in California, and many tourism assets have reopened.

Safety measures remain a priority for responsible travel that respects California communities and fellow travelers.

Hotels, campgrounds and RV parks, remain open for overnight stays in most counties outside the San Francisco Bay Area.

Travel and hotel stays should occur with people from the same family/household. Travelers should practice proper physical distancing and sanitation practices, wear face coverings in shared indoor public spaces and follow all public health rules in the counties visited.

Indoor and outdoor service at bars, brewpubs, breweries and pubs is banned across the state, as are indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms.

State parks, most beaches and national parks, including Yosemite National Park, are open with restrictions. 

Theme parks remain closed, and large spectator events and conventions are forbidden. 

For detailed information on experiences and attractions that may be impacted by the virus, please refer to the Responsible Travel Hub.

Visitors should call ahead to their intended destination to learn about local restrictions. To find local guidance, here is a collection of California’s local and regional tourism offices.


We also ask that everyone embrace the California Responsible Travel Code below:

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.


Thank you, and be safe.

An ocean shore

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