Operate your business safely

Stay home when feeling sick, get tested, know your choices for vaccines and masks.

What to do

San Francisco no longer requires people to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter businesses or large indoor events.

But you can require staff and customers to to be vaccinated and to wear masks if you so choose.

You can also choose to let those who are unvaccinated show proof of a negative test result instead.

Tell customers not to visit your business or attend your event if they feel sick.

Wearing a mask

San Francisco no longer requires people to wear masks in most public indoor settings. But you can choose to require people to wear masks.

People may choose to wear masks, even when they are not required. People should respect the choices others make for their health.

Get vaccinated, get boosted

You are urged to have all staff vaccinated and boosted as soon as they qualify.

You can choose, but are not required, to allow unvaccinated staff on site. You can ask them to show proof of their negative test results.

When someone on staff is exposed

Staff who are not up-to-date on vaccines and have had a close contact should get tested. It is strongly recommended that they wear a mask. They do not need to stay home. Learn more about what they should do.

Have staff stay home if feeling sick

Ask your employees to check for any COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to work.

Make sure employees do not come to work feeling sick. Do not treat employees differently if they use sick leave.

If someone on your staff tests positive for COVID-19

You do not need to shut down your business.

Have the employee follow guidelines for staying home and away from others.

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, notify the Department of Public Health at cases.workplaces@sfdph.org 

Download and post signage

All SF businesses can post signs about preventing COVID-19 and getting vaccinated. Download and print optional posters from the outreach toolkit.

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.

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 outdoor structures from the San Francisco Department of Public Health. 

See your options for ventilation inside your business.

Stay up to date on the Health Order

Learn more about any changes to the Health Order.

Get help

To report positive cases at your business

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


Last updated December 14, 2022