Get around safely during the pandemic

Minimize your travel to keep San Francisco safe and healthy.

What to do

Only travel if you need to

Travel puts you and others in the community at risk. 

Staying home as much as possible keeps our community healthy and safe. See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.

Minimize trips outside your home

Limit the amount of time you are out of the house. 

Combine shopping trips with others in your household. Have only 1 person go out.

Get goods delivered, if possible.

If you want to see a doctor, call them first. Get healthcare during the coronavirus outbreak.

Go out as little as possible if you're over 60 or have a chronic health condition. Get things delivered or call someone to help you get essentials. Get help for older adults or people with disabilities.

Stay 6 feet apart and wear a face covering

When you leave your home, stay at least 6 feet (2 to 3 steps) away from people you don’t live with. 

Wear a face covering. You are required to wear one when you are within 6 feet of someone you don’t live with. You should put your face covering on, when you see someone within 30 feet (about the length of a Muni bus). That will give both of you enough time to put on your face coverings if you get close to each other.

Walking

You can leave your home to go for a walk. Walking is also a good way to get exercise. Keep 6 feet away from others when you go out.

See other ways to stay active during the pandemic.

Biking

Biking is a good way to get around and get exercise. Bicycle shops are allowed to stay open.

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. Clean your hands before and after your ride. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Driving and parking

You can drive yourself somewhere for any essential need during the pandemic.

We will not ticket or tow for:

  • Going over 72-hour parking limits
  • All time limited parking, such as 1-hour or 2-hour parking
  • Not showing Residential Permit Parking (RPP) permits
  • Parking in peak-hour towaway zones

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

  • Street cleaning zones
  • Fire hydrant zones
  • Red and yellow zones
  • "No Stopping" zones 
  • "No Parking" zones
  • Bike or transit lanes
  • Driveways and sidewalks where you are blocking others
  • Streets where you are blocking traffic (double parking) 
  • White passenger loading zones, except in front of schools while they are out of session

Parking meters

Parking meters for cars are discounted by $0.50 an hour from their regular rates. Parking meters for motorcycles are at regular rates.

Time limits on meters will be enforced starting Monday, July 13, 2020.

Parking garages

We have closed some city-owned parking garages. We’ve limited others to monthly pass-holders only.

Public transit

Stay 6 feet away from others when you use public transit. You must wear a face covering.

Do not travel if you are feeling ill. 

Muni and SFMTA

We have replaced Muni Metro and light rail routes with buses. Muni service is limited to its most-used lines.  

See the map of the COVID-19 Muni core service plan.

Read SFMTA COVID-19 updates.

BART

BART is running fewer trains on a reduced schedule. BART also has charts showing how crowded trains are at each station.

Read COVID-19 updates, including schedule changes.

Other public transit options:

When riding a ferry, maximize outside ventilation if you can do so safely, like opening a window or standing outside.

Rideshare

Rideshare services are permitted for essential travel only. Clean your hands before and after rides. You must wear a face covering.

Rental cars

You can rent a car for essential travel and business only. Clean your hands before and after you use your rental car.

Air travel

You can fly in and out of the Bay Area only for essential activities or business.

Otherwise, do not fly. 

Leaving the Bay Area

If you are currently visiting the Bay Area, try another way of getting back instead of flying. Coordinate with your accommodations if you need to stay longer. 

If you have a car, you can drive home if you follow physical distancing of at least 6 feet during your trip. 

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

Special cases

Traveling to take care of others

You can travel to care for minors or dependents. 

When caring for seniors or people with health conditions, limit your contact. Try to stay 6 feet away. Wear a face covering, wash or sanitize your hands, and cough or sneeze into a tissue.

Moving

You can move to a new home. Remember to stay 6 feet apart from the movers, and have the movers stay 6 feet apart too.

Moving companies are open. Self-storage companies will be maintaining minimum business operations and will let you access your things.

We recommend quarantining for 2 weeks after you move in or out of the Bay Area.

Child custody

A child who is outside of San Francisco can travel here to visit a divorced or separated parent, or because of a custody order.

Court orders

You may travel to comply with a court order.

Last updated July 16, 2020