Stay home. Save lives.

This is our chance to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

What to do

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On May 15, 2020, the San Francisco Department of Public Health updated the health order to permit certain surgeries, procedures and health visits. The San Francisco Health Officer issued further directives on best practices for dental health care and curbside pickup.

Stay home except for essential needs

Everyone must stay home. 

Do not visit friends or family if there is no urgent need.

Do not go out for religious services. Many places of worship are offering remote services.

You can go out for essential services, like to:

  • Get food
  • Care for a relative or friend
  • Get necessary healthcare
  • Go to an essential or outdoor job

Limit the amount of time you are out of the house. Only have 1 person go out to shop. See other tips when you live with others.

You may walk, bike or go for a run near your home. If it would be difficult to stay 6 feet away from people not in your household, go somewhere else. See other ways to stay active during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you need to go out, you must stay 6 feet away from people and wear a face covering

You must stay 6 feet away from people you don’t live with, including when shopping or walking. Get more information on physical distancing

You are required to wear a face covering when getting essential services, including:

  • Waiting in line for or inside a store
  • Shopping at a store
  • On public transportation (including waiting in line)
  • In a rideshare vehicle
  • Seeking healthcare
  • Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like laundromats, banks, and government buildings 
  • Working an essential job that interacts with the public

You will not be allowed to go into a business or public transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.

See more details about face coverings

What's open

Only essential and outdoor businesses can be open during the coronavirus outbreak.

Find out what businesses can be open

Find out what City services are available during the coronavirus outbreak

Order delivery whenever possible. Mail and delivery services are still running. But if you can wait to ship something, you should wait.

Look out for seniors and vulnerable populations

Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are the most vulnerable to the virus. 

We recommend going out as little as possible if you're over 60 or have a chronic health condition. Get things delivered or call someone to help you get essentials.

Check in on people who might be vulnerable. Look out for anyone who may be isolated during this time. Call, email, or talk through the door. 

Limit face-to-face interactions with anyone particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.

Get help for seniors or people with disabilities.

Working during the coronavirus outbreak

You should work from home, as long as your employer permits it.

Many businesses are not permitted to operate.

Essential and outdoor businesses are allowed to operate. Check if your business can operate. ​​​​​​

Getting healthcare

Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency.

Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must be cancelled or rescheduled.

If you are feeling sick, call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.

Get more information on health care and healthcare settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Schools and childcare

All schools in San Francisco are closed.

SFUSD schools are closed through the end of the school year.

Schools may provide distance learning to their students. 

Find out more about schools and childcare during the coronavirus outbreak.

Find out about free meals from the San Francisco Unified School District.  

Pets

You can walk your dog. Use a leash, and distance yourself at least 6 feet from other pets and owners. 

You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick or needs grooming that cannot be delayed.

If your vet doesn’t provide grooming services, you need to get a letter from your vet to show your groomer. Your vet should explain that your pet needs to be groomed for health reasons, and why the grooming cannot be delayed.

You can also have a groomer or petsitter come to your home.

Kennels can care for pets whose owners are working or quarantined due to COVID-19. They must follow guidelines for operating businesses.

Business owners

Essential and outdoor businesses can remain open, if they follow physical distancing and other safety requirements, like face coverings.

Non-essential businesses can only perform basic operations.

Check to see if your business is essential

Operate your essential business

Construction

All construction projects can occur, but they still need to keep job sites safe.

Information on construction projects during the coronavirus outbreak.

Enforcement

This is a legally enforceable order issued under California law. It is a crime to violate this order. You may be punished by a fine or imprisonment if you do.

If there are other guidelines that do not agree with SF’s order, follow the stricter rule. 

If you see businesses or others not complying with the Stay Home order, you can report a violation.

Progress indicators to inform COVID-19 strategy

Public health officials will track certain indicators to assess our progress in containing COVID-19. It will help inform our strategy for future public health orders.

Last updated May 20, 2020