Support for nightlife industry during the coronavirus pandemic

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

What to do

Relief Grant for SF Music and Entertainment Venues Impacted by COVID-19

Starting Wednesday, April 21, the SF Office of Small Business will accept grant applications for the SF Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund.

Application deadline is May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. 

Grants will be for at least $10,000 to help local music and entertainment venues stay in business.

Visit the grant page to learn the complete requirements and apply.

Apply for a JAM Permit for outdoor entertainment and amplified sound

Visit to learn more. 

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

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

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


Refer to the latest gatherings guidance.

Apply for a JAM permit to hold outdoor entertainment or amplified sound

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 pandemic.

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

If you have health insurance, schedule a test with your doctor. If you have symptoms or a known exposure, your healthcare provider is required by law to get you a test.

Help save City resources for our essential workers and those who have symptoms or a known exposure.

If you do not have insurance, 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 April 19, 2021