Essential travel during Stay Home

Do not travel, unless you have to, for essential activities or business.

What to do

Essential travel only

Travel puts you and others in the community at risk.

Only travel within San Francisco and outside San Francisco for essential activities or to run an essential business.

Staying home as much as possible keeps our community healthy and safe.

Minimize unnecessary trips. Combine shopping trips with others in your household if possible.

Get goods delivered, if possible.

If you want to see a doctor, call them first.

Do not go out at all if you're over 60 or have a chronic health condition. Get things delivered or call someone to help you get essentials.

Stay 6 feet apart

When you need to leave for an essential need, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters or 2 to 3 steps) away whenever you are around people you don’t live with.

Safe ways to travel

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Drive yourself 

In a rideshare or on public transit, use hand sanitizer before and after your trip. Stay 6 feet away from anyone else.

Driving and parking

You can drive yourself somewhere for any essential need during the outbreak. We have made some changes to parking rules to make it easier to get around the City.

We will not ticket or tow for:

  • Going over 72-hour parking limits
  • Not showing Residential Permit Parking (RPP) permits
  • Parking in peak-hour towaway zones
  • Street cleaning zone on cleaning day (until the end of March)

Your car must not block access for emergency or cleaning vehicles. These parking rules impact health and safety.

We will ticket or tow your car if you are parked in:

  • Expired parking meters
  • Fire hydrant zones
  • Red and yellow zones
  • "No Stopping" zones 
  • "No Parking" zones
  • Bike or transit lanes
  • Driveways where you are blocking others
  • Streets where you are blocking traffic (double parking)


Bicycle shops are allowed to stay open since they are essential transit businesses. Please contact your bike shop directly if you need your bike serviced. Many are operating on reduced hours.

If you use a shared bike service, keep the shared bike clean. Use hand sanitizer before and after your ride.

Public transit

Use public transportation for essential travel only.

Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. Check the schedules for each transit agency.

Stay 6 feet away from anyone else. Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. Use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides.


Rideshare services are permitted for essential travel only.

Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. Use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides.

Rental cars

Rental car facilities at the airport and at other locations can stay open if they are used for essential travel and business only.

Rental car agencies must thoroughly clean cars between users. Agency employees must use standard cleaning protocols for shared surfaces, and practice standard hygiene including washing hands or using sanitizer before, during, and after use, covering coughs and not touching faces.

Air travel

You can travel in and out of the Bay Area only to perform essential activities, operate essential businesses, or to maintain essential governmental functions.

Otherwise, do not travel. Travel puts you and others in the community at risk.  

Returning to the Bay Area

People currently on vacation can return home. Maintain social distancing on your way home. Then stay in your home for the duration of this order.

If you prefer to shelter in place at your current location, you are encouraged to follow these recommendations while outside San Francisco to protect yourself and others.

Leaving the Bay Area

Do not travel. The Order requires that you shelter in your place of residence. 

If you leave the Bay Area for vacation or any other non-essential purpose, you may not be permitted to return to your residence.

Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations.

If you live outside of San Francisco but need to come here, you are allowed to travel to and from an essential business, like a medical appointment.

Returning to a home outside the Bay Area

If you are currently visiting the Bay Area, do your best to avoid spreading the risk of the virus.  

If you have a car and can return home via travel, do so if you follow social distancing of at least 6 feet. 

If you have a flight or other travel, check first to see if your carrier is still operating and what protocols they require.

If you need to stay longer, coordinate with your accommodations as best you can.

Shelter in place when you arrive at your destination to avoid infecting anyone else in your home community. 

Why is the Stay Home order important?

Staying home during COVID-19 keeps our community safe. Find more information about the City's response to coronavirus.

Last updated March 26, 2020