Operate your business during the pandemic recovery

See best practices and public health guidance to keep your patrons and staff safe.

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 other required and optional  posters from our outreach toolkit.

Protect employee health

Staff who work in the following businesses must be fully vaccinated:

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. They should test 3 to 5 days after being exposed.

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.

Tell customers not to visit your business if they feel 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.

If 3 or more employees test positive in a 2-week period, contact the Department of Public Health at cases.workplaces@sfdph.org or 628-217-6100.

Have a COVID-19 safety plan

Cal/OSHA requires that all businesses have a safety plan. You do not need to post it publicly.

Refer to Cal/OSHA resources for the “COVID-19 Model Prevention Program” document.

Follow face covering requirements

See official guidance about face coverings from the State, and San Francisco’s Safer Return Together health order C19-07

You can download posters about masks from our outreach toolkit.


Some employees must wear a mask when working indoors at their workplace


Customers must wear a mask in most 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 structures from SFDPH 

See your options for ventilation inside your business.

Get help

Technical assistance or guidance
Report positive cases at businesses

If 3 or more employees test positive in a 2-week period.

Email cases.workplaces@sfdph.org.

Call 628-217-6100.

Last updated October 15, 2021