Visiting businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

What to expect when you go shopping or get services.

As we reopen San Francisco, the safest choice is to stay home. If you do go out to public places or shop at local businesses, you can reduce your risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.

Think about the risk of going out

Every time you go out, you increase your risk of getting COVID-19 and passing it on to your household. Consider how much the outing means to you.

Consider the risk to yourself and the people you live with. Older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions are most in danger if they get COVID-19. 

Consider the number of COVID-19 positive cases in your area. Is it increasing, staying flat, or decreasing in your community? It is safer to go out when cases are low or decreasing. See cases in San Francisco.

Check your health before going out

Check for COVID-19 symptoms. If you feel sick, do not leave your house except to get healthcare. You can get tested for COVID-19 at various locations in SF.

Plan for your outing

Outdoor activities are safest. If you’re inside, try to be in rooms with open windows or good ventilation. 

Minimize how long you will spend outside of your home. Make reservations if you can. Arrive on time, so you do not need to wait long.

Bring disinfecting wipes to sanitize anything that others might have touched, before you touch it. Many businesses must also remove anything that many people will touch, like sampling areas and interactive kiosks.

When you are out

You must wear a face covering. You will not be allowed to go into any buildings without a face covering.

You must stay 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with. Many public places will change their layouts so people can stay 6 feet apart and avoid crowding.

Avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer often.

Try not to touch any surfaces inside. If you’re shopping, try to only touch things if you will buy them. If you try on clothes, you’ll need to return anything you won’t buy to an employee. The store will clean the clothes before displaying them again.

If you bring your own bag, you will need to bag your own items. Some stores may not let you use a reusable bag.

You may need to sign into some businesses with your name and contact information. If someone feels sick or tests positive for COVID-19 later, the City can help everyone get tested.

See other tips about staying healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated June 30, 2020