This time, do holidays at home

Our choices matter. While this is a time to celebrate with loved ones, these are not normal times. COVID-19 cases are still high and there are new more contagious strains here in the Bay Area.

Even as businesses are reopening, our choices have a direct impact on how many people will get sick from COVID-19. Do your part now, so we can come together later.

Celebrate by doing activities at home with people you already live with. Remember to wear your face covering if you leave home!

What’s allowed and not allowed


  • Activities at home or outside with people you live with (up to 12 people outside when away from home)
  • Parties with friends over video
  • Takeout from a local restaurant
  • Outdoor dining at a local restaurant with up to 6 people from 2 different households
  • Outdoor gatherings with food or drink, with up to 6 people from 2 different households
  • Wear your face covering if you leave home


  • Singing, chanting, shouting, or playing wind or brass instruments around people you don’t live with
  • Unnecessary travel, especially to a holiday festival


If you travel outside California, we strongly recommend that you quarantine for 10 days when you get back.


If you must travel, see guidance about safer travel.

Do not

  • Gather with more than 12 people from 3 households outside with no food or drinks
  • Gather with more than 6 people from 2 different households when you have food or drinks
  • Meet inside with anyone who doesn’t live with you
  • Go to a local festival or block party, where larger crowds may gather

These activities are banned during the pandemic.


Ideas for a safer holiday

At home
  • Prepare traditional family recipes with people you live with
  • Create holiday decorations or crafts
  • Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with loved ones who don’t live with you
  • Take out a holiday meal from a local restaurant
  • Mail or email holiday cards
  • Attend a virtual cultural event (see ideas from SF Arts or the SF Public Library)
  • Watch sporting events, parades, and movies at home, or remotely with friends
  • Design your own face coverings
Religious ceremonies

Attend ceremonies online. It is the safest option.

If you do decide to attend an in-person religious ceremony, outdoor services are the safer option. See more guidance for going out.


Do short visits in a backyard, park, or open outdoor space. See outdoor ideas from SF Travel.

Outdoor activities must have no more than 12 people from 3 different households. If you will have food or drink, up to 6 people from 2 different households can attend.

Everyone should check their health before going out. Stay home if you feel sick or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Stay 6 feet apart from anyone you don't live with. Wear face coverings.

Holiday shopping and gift giving

You can support local businesses by shopping online. Pick up your items curbside or have them delivered.

Mail your gifts. You can also ask the store to ship them.

You can also drop off gifts in person while staying 6 feet apart:

  1. Clean your hands before and after handling gifts.
  2. Have everyone wear face coverings.
  3. Meet the recipients at the end of a driveway or yard.
  4. Put down the gifts, and step away.
  5. The recipients can then take the gifts.
A mother puts a mask on her young daughter.
Remember to wear a face covering approved for COVID-19

Always wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, if you’re around people you don’t live with.


Holidays At Home is part of We Will Recover, a citywide campaign to promote San Francisco’s recovery from COVID-19.