Guidance for indoor museums

Documents needed to prepare reopening indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums during the pandemic.

General requirements

Indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums must close, due to SF being assigned to the State’s Purple Tier.

Prepare to reopen, when SF is out of the Purple Tier

Everyone must be able to stay 6 feet apart at all times, including the elevators. Encourage patrons to take the stairs if they can.

Limit contact between people

The following must still be closed:

  • Group reservations
  • Guided tours
  • Classes and events (including event rentals)
  • Common areas (meeting rooms and lounge areas)
  • Indoor dining areas
  • Auditoriums
  • Coat and bag checks
  • Interactive exhibits that involve extensive touching
  • Water fountains (although you can open bottle filling stations if you sanitize)

Any items shared between patrons must be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Try to provide audio tours that can be listened to on mobile phones.

Other reopening rules

Follow rules for:


8.5 x 11 poster in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino addressing the pause in reopening.

Action required: Complete a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF. Send it to and post it at your facility.

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol. See this protocol in Español or 中文 or Filipino or русский or Tiếng Việt or عربى.

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.

Action required: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage for their customers during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster meets of all the signage requirements for museums, zoos, and aquariums. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster meets the requirement for communicating indoor risk, for all businesses doing indoor operations.

Guidance about ventilation from the Department of Public Health, for businesses, offices, schools, faith-based and similar organizations.

Other languages: [Chinese]  [Spanish]  [Tagalog]

Health directive about best practices for indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums.

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