Stay active during the coronavirus pandemic

You can get exercise outdoors, 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. 

Indoor fitness and exercise facilities, including gyms, must be closed.

You can get quick exercise outside

You can do certain activities outside, like those that:

  • Do not share equipment
  • Do not involve physical contact
  • Do not have surfaces that everyone 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
  • Tai Chi, by yourself
  • 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 on outdoor courts, with people you live with or singles with a friend who doesn’t live with you (mark your tennis balls, only touch your own tennis balls, and do not share cans of balls.)

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 attend outdoor recreational groups, with physical distancing

Up to 12 people, including staff, can be in the group.  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 fitness classes.

You cannot play team sports or share equipment with people who don’t live with you

You should not play any team sports where there is any contact, or where a ball or other equipment must be touched by people outside your household. This includes soccer, basketball, martial arts, bocce ball, and Frisbee.

You should not swim in a public or communal pool. You should not share your pool with people who don’t live with you. However, indoor pools are allowed for youth summer camps that have required safety measures in place. Pools otherwise should not be open to the public.

See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.

See which SF parks are open

Outdoor museums, historical sites, and public gardens are open. Outdoor areas of the SF Zoo are open.

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

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 July 16, 2020