Guidance for drive-in gatherings

Documents needed to host drive-in movies and drive-in events.

General requirements

The site must be entirely open to the outdoors on all sides, including the top. 

Sell tickets before the event. You cannot sell tickets onsite. Have attendees screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before going to the event. They should not go if they feel sick.

Up to 100 cars can be at the site, 6 feet apart. Bicycles and motorcycles are not allowed. You must save space for emergency vehicles. If a gathering has more than 10 cars, you need to hire security staff.

Only attendees who live with each other can be in each car. Attendees can sit in or on top of their car, but cannot set up a tent or canopy. Attendees can only leave their car when using a restroom. 

Attendees must wear a face covering if they are exposed to the outside, such as:

  • When the car’s top or windows are down
  • If attendees are sitting on top of a car, or are in the bed of a truck
  • When using a restroom

6 performers or presenters are allowed during the event. Only 1 is allowed to shout, sing, or play a wind instrument at a time. They must wear a face covering and be 12 feet away from everyone else.

You can sell food and non-alcoholic drinks. We strongly recommend selling food online or remotely. You can deliver concessions to cars, if everyone wears a face covering during the interaction. 


Required forms

Action required: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF.

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol. See this protocol in  社交距離 | الإبعاد الاجتماعي | Pilipino | Español | Русский Cách Ly Xã Hội


Action required: All businesses must post information for their staff about how to report violations of COVID-19 health orders at the workplace. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. You can also download this poster in 11x17 size.

Poster with message encouraging SF residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. All SF businesses are required to post this in employee breakrooms. In English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino. You can also download this poster in 11x17 size.


Summary of tips and frequently asked questions about how to participate in gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, when they are allowed again.


See this Guidance in [Chinese]  [Spanish]  [Tagalog]  [Vietnamese]  [Russian]

Orders and directives

Health directive about best practices for drive-in gatherings, like drive-in movies or events.

The Shelter-in-Place Order that states what activities are allowed and prohibited during the COVID-19 emergency.