What to do
On June 11, 2020, the Department of Public Health updated the health order to allow more businesses to reopen on June 15, for Phase 2b. See what changed and see our reopening plans, which depends on our progress in containing COVID-19.
Detailed guidance about the Stay Home Order
Stay healthy by staying home
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.
If you do meet with others for your mental health, you can reduce your risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. Meet outdoors and keep your group small. See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.
To stay safe, 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.
Do not go out for indoor religious services. Many places of worship are offering remote services. Small outdoor ceremonies are allowed, for up to 12 people if there is no food or drink.
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:
- Waiting to be seated at an outdoor dining area
- Seated at an outdoor dining area and whenever you leave your table, including when staff approach you (you don’t need to wear it while eating)
- Waiting in line to go inside a store
- Shopping at a store
- On public transportation (or waiting for it)
- Driving or riding in a taxi or rideshare vehicle (even by yourself)
- Seeking healthcare
- Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like laundromats, banks, and government buildings
- In a common area inside a building, like an elevator, hallway, stairway, or parking lot
- Working a job where you interact with others
- Handling, preparing, or packaging food or other items for anyone you do not live with
- Going into someone else’s home for work or any other reason
- Walking or running outside and you see someone within 30 feet (about the length of a Muni bus)
You will not be allowed to go into a business or public transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.
You can exercise outdoors
You can safely walk, bike or go for a run near your home. You can also do a small outdoor fitness class.
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 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.
Working during the coronavirus outbreak
Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency.
Dental appointments, elective surgeries and procedures and routine medical care are now 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
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.
Childcare providers and summer camps can open for all children. Find out more about schools and childcare during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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 remain open, 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.
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 July 10, 2020