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State authorizes Orange County businesses to move to full Stage 2 reopening, 

allowing dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and in-store retail to reopen safely.

City launches new business reopening website (www.HBready.com/reopen

which consolidates all official reopening guidance documentation 

currently available and needed for businesses to reopen.

On Saturday, May 23, the State authorized Orange County’s plan to facilitate an accelerated reopening of Later Stage 2 businesses, including dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and in-store retail, with proper safety protocols in place.  This authorization follows the County’s attestation that it has met the State’s “readiness criteria” to transition from Early to Later Stage 2, further expanding the types of workplaces that may reopen.  Orange County is currently the second most populous jurisdiction to enter Later Stage 2.

“This is an incredible step forward for Huntington Beach and all Orange County cities,” said Mayor Lyn Semeta.  “Moving further into Stage 2 will provide the lifeline that so many in our restaurant and retail industries need to survive this pandemic.  They are committed to reopening safely to protect all employees and patrons, and we encourage our community to show their support, as more businesses find their way in these new times.” 

Effective immediately, the following Stage 2 workplaces may reopen, with modifications (see www.HBready.com/reopen for further details).  

  • Dine-in restaurants (bars and gaming areas are not permitted)
  • Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets
  • In-store retail, including but not limited to:
    • Bookstores
    • Jewelry stores
    • Toy stores 
    • Clothing stores 
    • Shoe stores 
    • Home and furnishing stores 
    • Sporting goods stores 
    • Antique stores 
    • Music stores 
    • Florists
    • Supply chains for the businesses above, in manufacturing, logistics and warehousing
    • Select services, including car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening
    • Office-based businesses (telework is still strongly encouraged)
    • Outdoor museums, open gallery spaces, and other public spaces
    • Childcare
  • Schools with modifications
  • All Stage 1 essential workplaces

Per the California Department of Public Health, all Stage 2 businesses must complete the following steps to safely modify their workplaces prior to reopening:  

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings 
  • Implement disinfecting protocols 
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines 

Given the numerous conflicting reports that currently exist regarding business reopening regulations, Huntington Beach has launched a new business reopening website, which can be accessed at:


This new website provides all official industry-specific guidance documents and checklists that businesses need to reopen.  In addition, the website outlines step-by-step instruction on how and when businesses are being authorized by the State and County to safely reopen.

Of note, based on current State guidelines, the following industries / businesses are NOT yet permitted to operate in Stage 2:

  • Personal services such as hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Live sporting events
  • Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Limited-capacity religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel
  • Higher Education

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

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

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

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.