Stay home. Save lives.

Help slow the spread of the coronavirus as we reopen San Francisco.

What to do

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On May 6, 2021, the Department of Public Health updated a health order to allow many businesses to reopen further at the Yellow Tier.

See what changed. Our reopening depends on our progress in containing COVID-19 and the State’s tiered system.

See all the coronavirus public health orders, in various languages.

Stay healthy by staying home

Although COVID-19 cases have gone down, coming in contact with people you don’t live with is still risky. People may transmit COVID-19 while not feeling sick.

To stay safe, get vaccinated. Once you are fully vaccinated, you can do some things without a mask.

Avoid any activities where you would  be in crowded, unmasked situations with people who don’t live with you, especially if:

  • You are unvaccinated
  • You live with an unvaccinated person who is older or has health risks

Face coverings

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to wear a face covering outdoors unless you are in a situation where masks are required.  

If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you must wear a face covering outdoors if you cannot stay 6 feet apart from others you do not live with.

Everyone should carry a face covering at all times, because you will still need it in many cases.

This includes:

  • Dining, when you are not actively eating or drinking
  • Visiting businesses or public places, including places of worship
  • Getting your hair cut, nails done, or other personal care service (unless the service, like facials, requires you to take your mask off)
  • While at an indoor 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

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

Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandanas are not allowed on any public transportation (or waiting for it). This is by CDC order. See SF guidance on traveling on public transit.

See more details about face coverings.

You can go out to exercise

You can safely walk, bike or go for a run unmasked. See other ways to stay active during the coronavirus pandemic.

What's open

Most businesses are now open, but many have restrictions on how they can operate.

Find out what businesses can be open

See what to expect when you visit businesses during the pandemic.

Find out what City services are available during the coronavirus pandemic


People should wait to travel until after they are fully vaccinated. People not fully vaccinated who are coming to San Francisco from outside California are strongly recommended to quarantine for 10 days. If you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks from final vaccine dose), you do not need to quarantine

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.

If you are not vaccinated, consider if it’s worth the risk to go out if you are older or have a chronic health condition. 

Limit face-to-face interactions to keep your at-risk loved ones safe.

Get help for older adults or people with disabilities.

Getting healthcare

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.

Get more information on getting healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools and childcare

Schools must meet safety standards before they can reopen.

Grades TK to 12 can reopen now with approval from the Health Officer, which includes an approved safety plan and a site assessment. Each school will reopen separately.

Check the school reopening dashboard to see where schools are in the process.

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.

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

Religious services

Religious and cultural ceremonies are now open indoors and outdoors. If you have any health risk, you should get fully vaccinated before you go to a religious service.


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 waste bags.

You can go to the vet or pet hospital.

You can get your dog groomed. You should drop off your dog on the curb outside your groomer’s business if possible. You can also have a groomer or pet sitter come to your home.

You can take your dog to a kennel. You should drop off your dog on the curb outside the kennel, if possible. 

Business owners

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.

Check to see if your business can be open.

Operate your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.


All construction projects can occur, but they still need to follow guidelines to reduce risk of transmission at job sites.

Information on construction projects during the coronavirus pandemic.


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.

Last updated May 06, 2021