Guidance for drive-in gatherings

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


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

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol.

Tips developed by the Department of Public Health, for various indoor gatherings such as religious and funeral services, as well as outdoor gatherings including hosted walking, bus, or maritime tours. 

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

General requirements

Each event must be 4 hours long at most. 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.

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.

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

Only 1 live presenter can speak. They cannot sing or raise their voice. They must wear a face covering and be 12 feet away from everyone else.

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

More information

Daily health screener you can use with your workers.

Download signage to print yourself, or get printed posters.

Find SF vendors who sell face masks, hand sanitizer, and other protective equipment for your employees.

See general information about operating a business during the pandemic.

See business guidance from the Department of Public Health.

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See health directives and plans in various languages.