Get around for essential services

Travel only for essential activities or business.

What to do

Only travel for essentials

Travel puts you and others in the community at risk. Do not visit friends or family if there is no urgent need.

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

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

Minimize trips outside your home

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

Combine shopping trips with others in your household. Check to see if a business can be open.

Have only 1 person go out. Buy normal quantities of your groceries. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them.

Get goods delivered, if possible. If needed, you can buy items online and pick them up at the store’s curbside. 

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 seniors or people with disabilities.

Stay 6 feet apart and wear a face covering

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

Wear a face covering. You are required to wear one when shopping, taking transit, or getting healthcare.


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. Do not go to enclosed dog parks.

See other ways to stay healthy during the pandemic.


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 outbreak.

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
  • Parking in street cleaning zones.

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

  • 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

We waived the time limits on meters citywide. We have also reduced all meters to their base rates:

  • $0.50/hour for cars
  • $0.10/hour for motorcycles

Parking garages

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

Public transit

Use public transit for essential travel only. Stay 6 feet apart from others. 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 17 most-used lines.  

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

Read SFMTA COVID-19 updates.


BART is running fewer trains on a reduced schedule.  

Read COVID-19 updates, including schedule changes.

Other public transit options:


Rideshare services are permitted for essential travel only. Clean your hands before and after rides.

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 businesses.

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.


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.

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 May 29, 2020