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February 23, 2021

How to Experience San Francisco Safely: What's Open

COVID Status: Purple (Widespread)

January 26, 2021 - Mayor London N. Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax today announced that San Francisco will resume some businesses and activities, beginning the morning of Thursday, January 28, after the state announced it would lift mandatory regional restrictions. Based on local analysis of the public health indicators, San Francisco expects it will be assigned to the state’s purple tier – the most limited – and is proceeding with reopening accordingly.

San Francisco will reopen certain businesses and activities allowed in the purple tier starting Thursday at 8:00 a.m., with specific additional safeguards to limit the spread of the virus. The following activities will be allowed as of Thursday, January 28, 2021:

  • Outdoor dining with tables of no more than two households, up to six people, and spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart
  • Indoor or outdoor personal services, except those that require a mask to be removed
  • Outdoor museums, aquariums, and zoos
  • Family entertainment such as skate parks, batting cages, miniature golf, kart racing, and laser tag or paintball may resume outdoor operations.
  • Open-air boats and busses may operate outdoor operations of up to 12 passengers or physically distanced groups of 12
  • Small outdoor gatherings; and expanded capacity on activities that were minimized during the Stay at Home Order
  • Hotels will be allowed to resume operations for tourism use, and can accept visitors from outside the Bay Area.
  • Up to three households may engage in recreational activities that allow social distancing, including low-contact sports such as hiking, biking, dancing, and including those that share equipment such as balls and Frisbees
  • Expands to allow foursomes for golf, but limits to one household per cart and requires staggered tee times.
  • Expands to allow doubles for tennis limited to members of one household per team.

Several San Francisco businesses have also released safety and cleanliness pledges to ensure that you are comfortable when you are able to visit. We hope you'll do your part to keep yourself and our residents safe, too.



Masks and face coverings are required indoors and outdoors and practice social distancing of at least six feet apart from other people. Frequently washing yours hands is highly recommended.


San Francisco International Airport has pioneered the practice of traveling well. Upgraded cleaning procedures, protective barriers, numerous hand sanitizer stations and mandated mask-wearing throughout the terminals protect your safety.


At this time, San Francisco's legendary attractions are temporarily closed. They've all spent time carefully adjusting their operating procedures to protect visitor health while still providing an unforgettable experience, which will continue when they are allowed to reopen. 


San Francisco's hotels are open and can accept visitors from outside of the Bay Area for non-essential travel.


San Francisco restaurants are permitted to offer outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.


Special gatherings may only be held outdoors and may not exceed 12 persons. San Francisco Travel is working with City and State policymakers to establish guidelines for future events. For more information regarding upcoming Meetings & Conventions, please contact our Convention Sales department.


San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Transportation

As San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area reopens, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is looking to welcome visitors back and ensure that the safety and health of passengers is their top priority. In an effort to ensure that passengers feel comfortable traveling and workers safe, SFO continues to enhance the airport and their cleaning procedures. They have implemented the following health protocols:

  • Everyone must wear a mask or facial covering while at SFO.
  • Physical Distancing practices are in effect at the Airport. Please keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others. To help maintain proper spacing, we’ve installed markers in queuing and seating areas.
  • Public health signage is posted in areas throughout the airport, including messaging encouraging social distancing and frequent hand washing.
  • increased the cleaning of touch points such as handrails, buttons and door handles with an EPA-approved effective germicidal agent that kills all coronaviruses and is outlined in CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Deployment of battery-operated sprayers and all-surface cleaning equipment for specialized and as-needed cleaning requirements.
  • Several hand sanitizer stations located throughout the terminals
  • SFO staff have been actively working to make air travel less stressful by reducing the amount of background noise that travelers are exposed to inside the terminals.

No matter how you get around San Francisco, you can trust that the transportation partners are taking extra precautions for a clean and safe journey.



San Francisco offers a range of hotels and accommodations in neighborhoods across the City. Hotels are committed to providing the world-class hospitality you’ve come to know and love, as well as a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guests are encouraged to check with individual properties for specific cleaning and safety measures, but all major hotels have released COVID safety protocols. We hope you've missed us because we can't wait to welcome you back. Before you come, here are a few things to be aware of so that you can visit safely.


The Moscone Center

The Moscone Center team continues to actively seek clear direction from state and local officials relative to the capacities and protocols they can expect at the time of re-opening the convention center. The dedicated team at Moscone Center is pleased to share some of the initiatives they have already undertaken to help ensure a safe and healthy environment in anticipation of that reactivation. For an entire list of current initiatives and ongoing work being performed by their team, please click below.



Northern California has robust agriculture, providing top-quality ingredients to the chefs of our city year-round. Even now, under the current situation, people in San Francisco can dine on some of the best food in the world, as the city’s restaurants retool their culinary excellence for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery service.


Major Attractions

Because San Francisco moved into the purple tier in the State of California reopening bluelprint, city attractions are only temporarily closed through January 4, 2021.


They may not be the hot and sunny kind that Southern California is known for, but San Francisco has no shortage of beaches. If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor excursion where you can keep your distance, San Francisco’s beaches offer breathtaking views as well as plenty of hiking, surfing, relaxing and more.



With more than 220 parks and open spaces, the possibilities for experiencing the great outdoors in San Francisco are endless.



For a city that’s easy to navigate without a car, there’s a lot of driving—and putting—in San Francisco. Here's our round-up of great golf courses both public and private, within and beyond San Francisco city limits.



If you're ready to go beyond regular walking tours and actually hike through San Francisco and beyond, we've got options and space for everyone. One specific option is the new Crosstown Trail, which offers you the chance to bike, hike, and run along a 17-mile route that crosses diagonally through San Francisco. Venture through some of the neighborhoods, parks, and cultural sites that make this city special.


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