Stay home. Save lives.

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

What to do

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On June 1, 2020, the San Francisco Department of Public Health updated the health order to permit low-contact services and outdoor equipment rental for curbside pickup and dropoff. See what changed and see our reopening plans.

Detailed guidance about the Stay Home Order

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 (even by yourself)
  • Seeking healthcare
  • Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like laundromats, banks, and government buildings 
  • Working a job where you interact with others
  • Walking 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.

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.

Dental appointments and elective surgeries are now allowed. Other non-essential medical care 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 getting healthcare 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. 

Childcare providers and summer camps can open for all children in June.

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

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


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.

You can get your dog groomed, but you cannot go inside to drop off your dog. You need to 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 need to drop off your dog on the curb outside the kennel.

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


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

Information on construction projects during the coronavirus outbreak.


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 June 02, 2020