What to do
On February 23, 2021, the Department of Public Health lifted the mandatory travel quarantine. People traveling from outside California are still strongly recommended to quarantine for 10 days.
Stay healthy by staying home
In alignment with the State’s recommendations, San Francisco is reopening at the State’s Purple Tier. The decision to reopen balances the public health risks of COVID-19 transmission with the public health risks of economic and mental health stress.
COVID-19 case rates are twice as high now as they were the last time San Francisco opened at the State’s Purple Tier. This means twice as many people walking around San Francisco have COVID-19 than the last time we reopened.
Most COVID-19 infections are caused by people who have no symptoms of illness. We also have the added risk of new virus variants and mutations in the community, and it is unclear whether these variants will be more contagious or more deadly.
The opening of sectors does not signify that these activities are “safe.” We have made our best efforts to make these activities and sectors safer for workers and the public.
However, this requires that everyone do their part to make these activities as safe as possible, including wearing masks that cover your mouth and nose especially when talking, avoiding indoor settings to the extent possible, maintaining at least 6 feet distance from those you don’t live with, avoiding get-togethers and gatherings to the extent possible, getting tested and isolating if you are ill, and complying with additional health protocols required of open businesses.
To stay safe, limit the amount of time you are out of the house around others. Only have 1 person go out to shop. See other tips when you live with others.
Many businesses will close for in-person services at 10 pm
You should not be around people from outside your household, from 10 pm to 5 am. You can go outside on your own or with people you live with during that time. You can go to an essential job.
If you 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 must also wear a face covering when you are within 6 feet from people who don’t live with you. This includes:
- Dining, when you are not actively eating or drinking
- Waiting in line to go inside a store or get takeout
- Visiting businesses or public places, including places of worship
- Getting your hair cut, nails done, or other personal care service
- While at a gym
- On public transportation (or waiting for it)
- Driving or riding in a taxi or rideshare vehicle (even by yourself)
- In a space that others people might use later, even if you’re alone
- Working a job where you interact with others
- Walking or running outside and you pass someone
You will not be allowed to go into a business or board public transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.
You can go out to exercise
You can safely walk, bike or go for a run near your home with people you live with. You can also do a small outdoor fitness class or go to an outdoor gym.
If it would be difficult to stay 6 feet away from people you don’t live with, go somewhere else. See other ways to stay active during the coronavirus pandemic.
Only some types of businesses can be open during the coronavirus pandemic.
Order delivery whenever possible. Mail and delivery services are still running.
Look out for older adults and people most at risk
Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of getting severe illness from COVID-19.
We recommend going out as little as possible if you're older or have a chronic health condition. Get things delivered or call someone to help you get essentials.
Check in on anyone who may be isolated during this time. Call, email, or talk through the door.
Limit face-to-face interactions to keep your at-risk loved ones safe.
Working during the coronavirus outbreak
Do not go to the emergency room unless you are having an actual emergency.
Dental appointments, elective surgeries and procedures and routine medical care are allowed. See FAQs for dental patients, provided by the Department of Public Health.
If you are feeling sick, call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center. You can also get tested for COVID-19 at various locations in San Francisco.
Schools and childcare
Schools must meet safety standards before they can reopen.
Grades TK to 6 can reopen now with approval from the Health Officer, which includes an approved safety plan and a site assessment. Middle and high schools can apply to reopen outdoor classes. Each school will reopen separately.
Schools may provide distance learning to their students.
Childcare providers and after school programs can open for all children. Find out more about schools and childcare during the coronavirus pandemic.
Remote services are still the safest option.
If you do attend an in-person service, outdoor services are the safer option. Choose 1 service to attend per week, at most. More gatherings means more risk to all worshippers.
You can walk your dog. Dog walkers can also walk dogs from more than one household at a time, unless a dog belongs to someone who was diagnosed or exposed to someone with COVID-19. Use a leash, and distance yourself at least 6 feet from other pets and owners. Bring your own water and waste bags. Use your sleeve or a tissue to open gates to dog parks.
You can go to the vet or pet hospital.
You can get your dog groomed, but you cannot go inside to drop off your dog. You should drop off your dog on the curb outside your groomer’s business.
You can also have a groomer or petsitter come to your home.
You can take your dog to a kennel, but you cannot go inside to drop off your dog. You should drop off your dog on the curb outside the kennel.
Some businesses can be open to the public, if they follow physical distancing and other safety requirements, like face coverings.
Businesses not allowed to open to the public can perform basic operations.
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.
Detailed guidance about the Stay Home Order
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 February 23, 2021