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Huntington Beach Will Close All City Beach Parking Lots as Added Precaution to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

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City Beach Parking Lots Will Close, Effective Wednesday, March 25

The City will be closing all beach parking lots effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in an effort to further limit large gatherings as we all work together to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This action comes on top of prior efforts that saw the City shut down the Huntington Beach Pier and outdoor active recreational facilities today.

The decision to close the beach parking lots was made today in coordination with other local agencies and after discussions with the State of California.  The Governor announced publicly yesterday that the State would be closing their park and beach parking lots in an effort to flatten the curve.  While the announcement of the closure of State park and beach parking lots does not yet include the closure of Bolsa Chica State Beach or the Huntington State Beach parking lots, that determination could be made in the coming days.  In an effort to coordinate the City’s response and get ahead of the rapidly changing situation, the City of Huntington Beach will be closing all City beach parking lot facilities beginning on Wednesday, March 25.

Link to State Beach / Park Closures

Public Outreach and Enforcement of New Closures

Given the determination made today, starting March 25, 2020, the gated entrances to the City’s beach parking lots will be closed and access to the City’s beach parking lots will be prohibited until further notice.  Furthermore, the City continues to encourage all residents to practice safe social distancing when outside of your home by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people when out in public.

Furthermore, the City’s Police Department has instituted enhanced patrols of high-impact areas in the community, and police officers are increasing educational and enforcement efforts for those violating the State’s Stay-At-Home Order.  This includes enforcement action against businesses who operate in violation of the Governor’s Order.  Of note, violations of these new State regulations can result in enforcement action as permitted by Government Code 8665. 

The City of Huntington Beach prides itself on providing residents and visitors with access to world-class amenities.  However, our first priority is the health and safety of the community.  The City believes that the closure of the Pier and our beach parking lots will help to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Updates regarding the City’s response to the COVID-19 situation can be found online at www.HBready.com.  In addition, if you have any questions or wish to speak to a City representative, please contact the City’s Call Center at (714) 536-5511.

The City will continue to monitor all aspects of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and as the situation changes, we will be updating our response.  In the meantime, we’re encouraging everyone to stay calm, stay strong, and remember that we’ll get through this together… as One HB.

Link to Press Release PDF here

More to explorer


In anticipation of large crowds this weekend, the City will temporarily close all city beaches, Huntington Harbour beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 to limit the spread of COVID-19. This decision was made in coordination with Orange County and the Cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which will implement the same measures along their coasts. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are intended to be proactive measures to help flatten the curve.

Beach and Pier Closures – 4th of July Weekend

The Huntington Beach City Council voted to close all city beaches, Huntington Harbor beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on July 4, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are proactive measures to enforce social distancing. In addition, the City Council authorized the City Manager to work with neighboring beach cities to determine if closures on July 3 and July 5 will be necessary. These decisions will be made shortly and additional updates related to our beach closure protocols, beach parking, and other details will be posted today.


The 2020 Huntington Beach Main Street 4th of July Parade is CANCELLED due to Statewide COVID-19 restrictions on large events. In its place, we will hold a MODIFIED OneHB Neighborhood Parade with two vehicle caravans traveling on separate routes, with one or both passing within a mile of every single home in Huntington Beach. These expanded routes will prevent crowding and the spread of COVID-19 – since all residents will be able to watch the parade from the comfort of their neighborhoods. Therefore, please avoid congregating in large groups along any one part of the parade route, in order to protect the health and safety of our OneHB community.

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The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed/Canceled Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed or cancelled. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.


April 26 – Taste of HB

May 16 – Kowabunga Van Show

May 16 – Great Strides Walk

May 16 – Wiener Dog Festival

May 17 – Golden Bear Experience

May 31-31 – Surfin’ Sundays

June 13 – Pier Swim

August 24-September 13 – US Open

October 1-4 – AVP

July 4th – Traditional 4th of July Parade – Visit hb4thofjuly.org 

July 4th – Fireworks Show


May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier


September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

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Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

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  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
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What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

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  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
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