What to do
Starting August 20, all restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms and large indoor events must get proof of vaccination from patrons to protect against the continued spread of COVID-19. Get more information on what you need to do.
Download and post required signage
All SF businesses must post signs about COVID-19 prevention and getting vaccinated.
You can download sample flyers and posters from our outreach toolkit.
SF businesses that must get proof of vaccination must also post signs about vaccines required for patrons and staff.
Protect employee health
Staff who work in the following businesses must show proof of vaccination by October 13, 2021.
Staff who work in health care centers and other high-risk settings (like shelters, jails, adult and senior centers, pharmacies, dental offices) are required to show proof of vaccination between September 15 and October 13.
Encourage all other staff to get vaccinated
Staff who work in all other businesses should still be encouraged to get vaccinated.
Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and others. Fully vaccinated staff with no symptoms do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Have staff stay home if sick
Ask your employees to check for any COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to work.
Make sure that employees do not come to work sick. Do not treat employees differently if they use sick leave.
Encourage customers to not visit your business if they feel sick. Waive cancellation fees for any vendors or customers who call out sick.
If someone on your staff tests positive for COVID-19
You do not need to shut down your business.
See business guidance about cleaning and informing your staff, if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
Have a COVID-19 safety plan
Follow face covering requirements
You can download posters about masks from our outreach toolkit.
All employees must wear a mask when working indoors at their workplace. Employers have to make N-95 respirators available to unvaccinated staff.
All customers must wear a mask in indoor public places.
Customers can remove their masks to eat and drink. They can also remove masks to talk if they are hearing impaired and need to see faces for communication.
Other best practices to prevent COVID-19
Most reopening rules have been lifted. But you can still follow best practices to help prevent COVID-19 transmission at your business.
Set up to maximize airflow and outside air
Move as much of your operations outside as you can.
If you use fans, place them so that air doesn’t blow from one person’s space to another.
You can set up umbrellas, tents, or temporary structures outside. Make sure air can flow freely through every area, including corners. No more than 50% of the sides can be closed. See guidelines for operating outdoors from SFDPH and the State.
Last updated September 01, 2021