Step by step

Reopening San Francisco

We are gradually reopening to keep our City safe and healthy.

This timeline may change. Our progress in loosening or tightening restrictions depends on our local public health indicators

Help slow the spread, so we can reopen more businesses. 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. 

Our path forward starts with lower risk activities (such as outdoor and limited contact activities). It then moves into activities that are gradually riskier (such as indoor activities), with limited capacity. In-person learning and development activities will also be prioritized and opened on a rolling basis.

Gradually reopening safely protects each of us, and will rebuild long-term confidence in our economy.

The timeline shows what has opened and what is planned, if health indicators support additional openings.  You can also see specific health directives for certain activities.

1

Stay home

Time:

March to May 17

Essential activities only

All non-essential employees must work from home.

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2

Reopening begins

Time:

May 17

Businesses

  • Curbside retail for goods and services with minimal contact, including takeout and delivery
  • Outdoor businesses (that operated outdoors as of March 16)
  • 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 work from home
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June

June 1

Businesses

  • Non-essential manufacturing, warehousing, 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 safety plan, including regular testing
  • Office: all non-essential employees must continue working from home

Childcare and education

Culture and recreation

 

June 12

Outdoor dining including restaurants and bars serving food

 

June 15

Businesses

Childcare and education

Culture and recreation

  • Small outdoor gatherings of up to 12, 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 safety plans
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July

July 15

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

 

July 17

Closed, due to State requirements

  • Offices for non-essential employees
  • Enclosed shopping malls
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September

September 1, SF in State’s Red Tier

Businesses

  • Personal care services (hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, massage establishments) (outdoor only)
  • Non-contact recreational activities, outdoors (includes outdoor pools with limited capacity)
  • Restore opening of indoor malls at 25% capacity, with approved safety plan (closed seating areas and food court)
  • Funerals, indoors with up to 12 people
  • Health emergency respite centers, like cooling and cleaner air centers, indoors

Childcare and education

  • Childcare and Out of School Time programs, up to 14 children
  • Higher and adult education, up to 14 people outdoors (indoors requires approved safety plan)
  • Specialized and targeted support services for vulnerable children and youth

 

September 9

Gyms and fitness centers, outdoors with limited capacity

 

September 14

Businesses, all with limited capacity

Childcare and education

Other activities

  • Places of worship (one person at a time for individual prayer indoors, with 50 people outdoors)
  • Political activities (for example, campaign offices), with limited capacity, 1 person indoors, 50 people outdoors for protests

 

September 21

Businesses, with limited capacity

Childcare and education

 

September 30, SF in State’s Orange Tier

Businesses, with limited capacity

  • Indoor dining, 25% capacity up to 100 people (including indoor food courts in malls)
  • More family entertainment, outdoors (carousels, miniature trains, Ferris wheels)
  • Gyms and fitness centers inside hotels, up to 10% capacity
  • Indoor malls with increased capacity, up to 50% with an approved safety plan

Other activities

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October

October 7

 

October 14

 

 

October 20, SF in State’s Yellow Tier

 

October 27

  • Non-essential offices, with limited capacity
  • Climbing gyms, indoor, with limited capacity
  • Indoor gyms with increased capacity (but no indoor cardio classes)
  • Indoor personal care that includes mask removal for some services
  • Outdoor higher education classes with increased capacity

 

Education, on rolling basis

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Now: November

November 3

Businesses, new with limited capacity

  • Drive-in live performances
  • Indoor dining at indoor zoos, museums, aquariums

Activities with increased capacity

  • Film production, indoors and outdoors
  • Real estate showings by appointment

 

November 13 

Rolled back, due to surge in COVID-19 cases

  • Indoor dining closed at restaurants, malls, hotels, zoos, museums, gyms, aquariums, office cafeterias
  • Lower maximum capacity at movie theaters and gyms (25%, up to 50 people)

 

 

Now: November 17, SF in State’s Red Tier

Rolled back, due to major surge in COVID-19 cases

 

November 29

Rolled back, due to State Purple Tier assignment

  • Indoor movie theaters closed
  • Indoor gyms and fitness centers closed
  • Indoor museums, aquariums, and zoos closed
  • Indoor services at houses of worship closed (individual prayer still allowed)
  • Standalone outdoor activities at family entertainment centers closed (carousels, Ferris wheels, train rides, trampolines)
  • Lower maximum capacity for non-essential indoor retail (25%)

 

November 30

State Purple Tier Limited Stay Home Order

  • All dining and non-essential businesses closed 10 pm to 5 am
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Goal: TBD

The following are considered to be higher-risk activities. Each will be carefully assessed based on the City’s health indicators and the best available science. We will provide regular updates on the progression of these sectors.

Business, all with limited capacity

  • Increased indoor capacity at restaurants, houses of worship and movie theaters to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Increased capacity for indoor museums, aquariums and zoos to 50%
  • Outdoor live musical, theatrical and arts performances
  • Expanded youth sports outdoors and indoors
  • Locker rooms and showers in indoor gyms
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Bowling alleys, indoors, and identified other family entertainment centers
  • Contact recreational sports, outdoors
  • Bars, wineries, and breweries without food (indoors)
  • Convention and event centers
  • Night clubs
  • Performance spaces, indoors (theaters, concert halls, music venues)

Education, on rolling basis

Other activities

  • Places of worship, outdoors and indoors, with increased capacity
  • Non-contact recreational sports with shared equipment, indoors
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9

Full reopening

We will remove all social distancing limits and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 response.

All activities will be allowed.

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Last updated November 28, 2020