Part of Reopening

Guidance for gatherings

Documents for facilities and hosts that regularly hold outdoor gatherings.


Action required for facilities that regularly hold outdoor gatherings: Complete and post a Health and Safety Plan from this fillable PDF.

Action required: Complete and post this Social Distancing Protocol.

Summary of tips and frequently asked questions about how to participate in gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.


See this Guidance in 中文, Русский, Pilipino, Español, Tiếng Việt 

Health directive about best practices for outdoor gatherings, including meal gatherings, religious ceremonies, political rallies, and boat or bus 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 2 hours long at most. 

If people will be eating or drinking, you should not have more than 6 people from 3 different households. 

If there will be no food or drink, you should not have more than 25 people from 3 different households.

If planning an allowed larger gathering (religious service or political protest), you should not have more than 200 people. You cannot serve or sell food or drinks at a large gathering.

Do not shout, chant, sing, or play wind or brass instruments. Breathing out strongly can spread COVID-19 more readily.

Only 1 person at a time should speak. They must wear a face covering and be 12 feet away from everyone else. Have them use a microphone instead of raising their voice.

More information

See guidance for drive-in gatherings, like drive-in movies.

See guidance for places of worship.

Daily health screener you can use with your attendees and 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.

More languages

See health directives and plans in various languages.

News updates

Indoor dining, indoor worship, and other activities allowed (September 30, 2020)

Indoor gyms, indoor personal care, tourist hotels, more outdoor activities allowed under new health directive (September 14, 2020)