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SF assigned to State’s Purple Tier, will roll back many non-essential activities

Many indoor activities will close starting Nov 29. Many activities will reduce capacity. According to the State’s health order, non-essential work, movement, and gatherings must stop between 10 pm and 5 am.

San Francisco was assigned by the state to the most restrictive reopening tier (Purple) according to California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This was due to an aggressive surge in COVID-19 cases. Our daily cases have nearly quadrupled in the past month.

Being assigned to the Purple Tier means many restrictions, starting November 29

Indoor activities closing

Indoor activities at the following must close:

  • Movie theaters
  • Gyms and fitness centers (personal training still allowed)
  • Museums, aquariums, zoos
  • Services at houses of worship (individual prayer still allowed)

Outdoor activities closing

Standalone outdoor activities at family entertainment centers also must close, such as:

  • Carousels
  • Ferris wheels
  • Train rides
  • Trampolines

Built-in outdoor activities such as playgrounds, mini-golf, skate parks, and batting cages can stay open.

Most indoor retail must reduce capacity to 25%

Most indoor retail must have a maximum capacity of 25%, down from 50%. This includes pharmacies and hardware stores.

Only standalone grocery stores can stay at 50% capacity.

Schools that have not opened yet must stay closed

Schools that have opened already can stay open. Grades TK through 6 can open with a waiver from the Health Officer. Middle and high schools can apply to open outdoor classes. See waiver application process from the Dept of Public Health.

SF must implement the State’s Limited Stay Home order, starting November 30

You should not be around people from outside your household, from 10 pm to 5 am. This order is planned to be in effect until December 21, 5 am. 

You can go outside on your own or with people you live with. You can commute to or from an essential job.

No outdoor gatherings are allowed between 10 pm and 5 am.

All dining, non-essential retail, and outdoor gatherings must stop at 10 pm

Customers must leave by 10 pm. Restaurants can still do takeout or delivery after 10 pm. 

Essential retail can stay open after 10 pm. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores.

Transportation services will still be available after 10 pm. This includes buses, taxis, and ride-sharing.

Guidance for a safer holiday season

While this is a time to celebrate with loved ones, it is not a normal holiday season. San Francisco is experiencing a major surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Do your part this year, so we can come together next year.

Celebrate by doing activities at home with people you already live with. Remember to wear your face covering if you leave home. See ideas for a safer holiday season

Avoid traveling. If you absolutely must, see guidance about safer holiday travel.

You can also help support San Francisco’s recovery.