Reopening guidance for restaurants

Documents you will need to reopen outdoor dining during the coronavirus pandemic.

General requirements

Provide as much takeout and delivery services as possible. These are the safest options for dining out during the pandemic. 

Remind customers that they should not eat or drink while waiting for takeout. The number of people waiting in your restaurant for takeout should not go over 20% of your normal maximum capacity.

Outdoor dining is allowed

Bars, wineries, and tasting rooms that are not permitted to serve a bona fide meal (what could be considered a main course) still cannot open. Bars can partner with a restaurant, but the restaurant must handle all orders.

Buffets and self-cooking options (like hotpots) are not allowed.

Customers may only dine for 2 hours at most. All dine-in customers must leave by 10 pm.

Screen everyone for COVID-19 symptoms before you seat them. Send people home if they feel sick.

Post a checklist of ventilation methods you’re using.

Tables must only seat 6, and customers at different tables must be 6 feet apart

Restaurants must be able to set up their tables so that patrons at different tables are seated 6 feet apart. You can use barriers for privacy, but tables must still be 6 feet apart.

Tables should only seat up to 6 customers from 2 households. You can seat more if everyone is from the same household. Customers should not be served unless they are seated at a table. Customers should not stand between tables.

Everyone must wear face coverings

All staff must wear face coverings while at work. Customers must also wear face coverings when they are not actively eating or drinking.

You must be able to provide face coverings for customers and anyone who works for you. This includes vendors and gig workers.

Set up for outdoor dining

When placing tables outside, make sure you leave 6 feet of sidewalk available for pedestrians. You can get a free temporary permit to use the sidewalk, parking lane, or the entire street for dining. 

You can set up umbrellas, tents, or temporary structures outside. Make sure air can flow freely through every area, including corners. No more than one side can be closed. See State guidelines about temporary structures for outdoor businesses.

Designate a Worksite Safety Monitor

The Worksite Safety Monitor is responsible for making sure the restaurant follows all safety requirements. 

By February 4, 2021 at 5 pm, the Worksite Safety Monitor must develop and implement a plan for how the restaurant will comply with all of the requirements.


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

Action required when in-person dining allowed: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF, before you open your restaurant.

Action required: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable MS Word document.

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.

Action required when indoor dining allowed to reopen: The Health Order requires that businesses post certain signage during the coronavirus pandemic. This poster, along with Indoor Risks (posted externally) meet all the posting requirements. 

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.

Action required: All businesses open to the public for indoor services must complete and post this ventilation checklist. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required: All restaurants providing takeout service must complete and post this guidance. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required when outdoor dining is allowed: 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 outdoor eating establishments. It is in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino.

Action required when dining is allowed: Restaurant owners may use this to remind patrons that masks must be worn when dining out, including whenever not actively eating or drinking, while away from their table, or when restaurant staff approach them. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Action required: This poster gives tips on ventilation during COVID-19 and Air Quality incidents.

Best practices for dining establishments for outdoor and indoor dining, when in-person dining is allowed.

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

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 outdoor and indoor dining, with guidance and a health and safety plan attached. Note that in-person dining is not allowed at this time.

Health directive about best practices for restaurants, food take-out, and food delivery.

Best practices for workers who deliver food from restaurants and other prepared food facilities.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health Food Safety Program recommended precautionary measures to protect public health and prevent the spread of pathogens such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Other languages: [Spanish]   [Tagalog]   [Vietnamese]   [Russian]

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