Stay active during the coronavirus pandemic

You can get exercise, but return home when you're done.

What to do

As we reopen San Francisco, the safest choice is to stay home. The more you go out, the more you expose yourself and others to COVID-19. 

Check your health before you go out. If you feel sick, stay home.

You can get quick exercise

You can do certain activities, like those that:

  • Do not involve physical contact with people you don’t live with
  • Do not have surfaces that everyone frequently touches

Ways to stay active include:

  • Yoga at home
  • Run in your neighborhood
  • Ride your bike near your home
  • Go for a walk with your housemates
  • Play team sports with 6 or fewer people from your household
  • Fishing, staying 6 feet apart (including on a charter boat with no more than 12 people)
  • Skateboarding at a skate park, staying 6 feet apart
  • Outdoor fitness classes, including walking or Segway tours
  • Golfing with up to 4 people (if from different households), staying 6 feet apart and without sharing equipment or carts with anyone (indoor common spaces cannot be open)
  • Tennis, singles or doubles with one friend who doesn’t live with you
  • Pickleball, bocce ball, or frisbee outdoors with one friend who doesn’t live with you
  • Going to a gym, ideally outdoors (indoor cardio classes not allowed)

You are able to rent equipment if the shop has curbside pickup and dropoff. You can also rent shared items like go-carts, if you only use them with people you live with. 

See more details about playing tennis and golf during the pandemic.

Practice physical distancing when exercising

You should still stay 6 feet apart from others, try to limit your time outside, and go home as quickly as you can.

You should have a face covering with you. It should be visible and readily accessible when exercising, like hanging around your neck. There might be times where you cannot avoid being around other people.

You should put on your face covering if you are walking and you see someone within 30 feet of you (about the length of a Muni bus).

If a mask is too tight, try a looser fitting option like a gaiter or bandana.

You can go to a gym

You may need to make a reservation.

Bring your own water and towel. You must wear a face covering the entire time you’re there. You will be asked to leave for that day if you don’t wear something that covers your mouth or nose.

You can work with a personal trainer, but must stay at least 6 feet away from them.

If you want someone to spot you, you should bring someone you live with. You should not ask gym staff to spot you.

Indoor cardio classes are not allowed right now. People breathe hard during cardio exercises and often need to take off their face coverings. That increases the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

See detailed public health guidance about gyms.

You can attend outdoor recreational groups, with physical distancing

Up to 12 people, including staff, can be in each group. Up to 2 groups can be in the same area. Everyone must wear face coverings and stay 6 feet apart. The classes should not involve any contact sports, contact between people, or shared equipment. Allowed groups can be:

  • Bootcamps
  • Solo dancing classes
  • Yoga classes
  • Tai chi classes
  • Walking tours
  • Segway tours
  • Charter boats for fishing or sightseeing

Check your health before you go. If you feel sick, stay home.

You must sign into each session with your name and phone number. Staff will keep it on file for at least 3 weeks. If someone feels sick later and tests positive for COVID-19, the City can help everyone get tested.

See official guidance about outdoor recreational groups.

You can swim in an outdoor public or communal pool

You can use public pools, wading pools, and hot tubs, if they are outside. They can be in:

  • Community centers
  • Athletic clubs
  • Apartment complexes
  • Schools

Pool capacity will be limited. You may have to make a reservation.

You must stay 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with, in and around the pool.

You can only go indoors to use the restroom. Bring your own water. Water fountains will be closed.

You should not swim in an indoor public pool. You should not share your pool with people who don’t live with you.

See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.

You cannot play contact sports with people who don’t live with you

You should not play any team sports where might be any contact between people outside your household. This includes soccer, basketball, and martial arts.

See which SF parks are open

Zoos, museums, historical sites, and public gardens are open.

Parks are open, although picnic areas are closed. All dog parks are allowed to open.

Outdoor playgrounds are allowed to open. You should stay 6 feet from other families. Everyone over 2 years old must wear a face covering.

Check with San Francisco Recreation and Parks to see what's closed.  

Check with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to see what's closed. ​​​​​

Last updated October 16, 2020