Step by step

Reopening San Francisco

We are reopening San Francisco in phases to keep our City safe and healthy.

These dates may change. They depend on local public health indicators and State guidance. 

Do your part. When you leave your house, you must stay 6 feet apart and wear a face covering. If you feel sick, don’t leave your house. All activities must follow safety protocols.

We will move to each phase when it is safe.

1

Stay home

Time:

March to May 17

Essential activities only

All non-essential employees must work from home.

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Limited openings

Time:

May 17

Business

  • Curbside retail for goods and services with minimal contact, including takeout and delivery
  • Outdoor businesses
  • All construction with protocols for small and large projects
  • Hotels, hospitality, and short-term rentals for first responders and homeless, for isolation and quarantine rooms, and as needed for essential travel and other activities that the health order permits
  • Office: all non-essential employees must continue working from home
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2

Small activities

Time:

June 1

Business

  • Non-essential manufacturingwarehousing, and logistics with fewer than 50 onsite employees
  • Non-essential curbside retail for goods, outdoor equipment rental, and limited contact services with fewer than 10 onsite employees
  • Elective surgeries and dental appointments
  • Limited private household outdoor services like a gardener or landscaping
  • Virtual appointments for real estate, but limited in-person appointments where there are no occupants
  • Professional sports practices only with approved plan, including regular testing
  • Office: all non-essential employees must continue working from home

Childcare and education

Culture and recreation

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and

Outdoor dining

Time:

June 12

Outdoor dining including restaurants and bars serving food

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and

Phase 2b

Time:

June 15

Indoor retail and small activities

Business

Childcare and education

Culture and recreation

  • Small outdoor gatherings, including religious services and ceremonies
  • Outdoor fitness with social distancing
  • Professional sports and other entertainment for broadcast but with no in-person spectators, under approved plans
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Now: Zoos

Time:

July 15

The SF Zoo and Gardens will open to the general public, with safety plans in place.

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and

On hold: Salons, museums

Time:

June 29 (original target)

Business (not open yet, but see preliminary guidance)

Culture and recreation

  • Indoor museums (with approved plans)
  • Outdoor swimming pools
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On hold: Phase 2c

Time:

July 13 (original target)

Business

  • Indoor dining
  • Outdoor bars
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3

Larger activities

Time:

August and beyond

May include more than 1 sub-phase

Businesses

  • Indoor malls (if also allowed by the State)
  • Offices for non-essential employees (if also allowed by the State)
  • Hotels, hospitality, and short-term rentals (if also allowed by the State)
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Limited indoor leisure like movie theaters, billiards, and bowling alleys
  • Nonessential healing arts
  • All other personal services like indoor personal training, permanent makeup, and piercing 
  • Indoor bars without food

Childcare and education

  • Public schools, academic year begins (SFUSD begins fall with distancing learning)
  • Other schools, including primary, secondary, and higher education

Culture and recreation

  • Basketball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Indoor tennis
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4

Full reopening

Time:

Unknown

Phase 4 will be the full reopening of our economy. We will remove all social distancing limits and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 response.

The timing for Phase 4 will depend on our experience in Phases 1 to 3. We will rely on our health experts and health indicators to determine when to safely enter Phase 4.

All activities will be allowed, including mass gatherings including: 

  • Concerts
  • Live audience sports and performances 
  • Night clubs  
  • Festivals
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Last updated July 17, 2020