Support for nightlife industry during the coronavirus outbreak

Resources for nightlife businesses, employees, artists, freelancers and other entertainment professionals in San Francisco during the coronavirus.

What to do

Plan and timeline to safely reopen SF

The reopening of San Francisco will happen in a phased and measured approach to help keep all residents safe and healthy. Learn more about the reopening. You can also view reopening status by business type

Apply now for the Shared Spaces Program

The Shared Spaces Program offers a free, expedited permit to temporarily use the sidewalk or parking lane for business operations, like seating, dining, or retail pickup. Learn more and apply for a permit

Latest rules for businesses

Check to see if your business can be open and where it is in the City's Reopening Plan and Timeline. You will need to follow public health guidelines. OEWD has a detailed timeline based on business type

You and your customers must cover your face during certain activities. Learn more about mask and face coverings.

Curbside pickup has been expanded to include most retailers. Social distancing and other restrictions apply. Visit to learn more.

You can download coronavirus flyers, social media graphics and fact sheets for your business from our Outreach toolkit. View a list of Bay Area shops that sell personal protective equipment


Indoor events and gatherings are not allowed under the current Health Order until further notice. Small outdoor gatherings are allowed; people from different households may come together in a group totaling no more than 12 people for a Special Gathering. Read the FAQs for tips

Special events on City property should contact the permitting land agency if they would like to discuss the status of their event.

Get more information for event organizers.

Moratorium on evictions

The City has declared a moratorium on commercial evictions for small and medium sized businesses related to financial impacts caused by the coronavirus.

Updates from Alcoholic Beverage Control

Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is temporarily providing relief measures to support liquor-license holders. Get the details from the ABC.

COVID-19 Testing

Free testing is currently available for any person living in San Francisco who has 1 symptom, or has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 person. Any essential or frontline worker can also get tested, regardless of symptoms or exposure. Visit CityTestSF to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Watch the SF Virtual Nightlife & Entertainment Summit 2020

Miss the Virtual Summit? Or want to watch it again? Watch it online now

Support for the nightlife industry

Get support and guidance if you work in the industry

Nightlife businesses and employees

Nightlife artists and freelancers


How the public can support nightlife

Find ways to show support for nightlife during the coronavirus outbreak.

Get help

Office of Economic and Workforce Development
SF Entertainment Commission

Last updated June 30, 2020