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September 18, 2020

How to Experience San Francisco Safely: What's Open

Update on California Wildfires

While California is no stranger to wildfires, San Francisco itself is in no danger. These fires have not impacted our plans for reopening the city. You can find the latest updates on wildfire incidents here. We’re grateful for the firefighters and first responders who are keeping the flames at bay. Our thoughts are with our friends all over California who have been impacted.

As of Aug. 31, San Francisco is officially labeled as red by the State of California in its COVID-19 recovery blueprint and has started the gradual process of reopening individual businesses and attractions. However, these changes are contingent upon the city's continued progress fighting COVID-19. When going out, residents will be required to

  • Wear face coverings, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet apart from other people.
  • Frequently wash their hands and thoroughly clean of high-touch surfaces.

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.

SIGN OUR SAFE TRAVEL PLEDGE

Here what is currently open in San Francisco.

  • Hotels for visitors
  • Tour buses and boats
  • Drive-in movies (outdoors)
  • Restaurants for outdoor service, curbside pickup or delivery only
  • Indoor retail with approval
  • All curbside retail for goods
  • Botanical gardens
  • Outdoor historical sites
  • Museums, aquariums, and zoos (outdoor and indoor, pending City approval)
  • Dog parks
  • Parks, beaches, and skate parks
  • Golf with limits
  • Tennis (singles-only outside a household) with no shared equipment

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Hotels

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.

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Alcatraz

Alcatraz, San Francisco's most famous attraction and one of the most visited national parks in the country, is ready to welcome visitors again—with some changes to keep you safe while visiting the prison. Here's everything you need to know about planning your next visit to the famous island outpost in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

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Beaches

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.

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Parks

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

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Golf

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.

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Hiking

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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Restaurants

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 take-out service.

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Transportation

As San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area slowly reopen, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are looking to welcome visitors back and ensure that the safety and health of passengers is their top priority.

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PIER 39

San Francisco's top attraction, PIER 39, is officially reopened and is excited to welcome visitors back to the San Francisco waterfront. Guests will enjoy bay breezes, magnificent views, fun shopping, fresh seafood, beer, wine, and cocktails, all while sitting at new outside dining areas. The sea lions have been counting the days until they could entertain their fans once again.

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Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park

If you're looking to get outdoors or find some tranquil space, San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is the perfect place to go. Now the Tea Garden is officially re-opened! Here's what you need to know about changes to the Tea Garden's operations to best enjoy your visit.

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San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is an urban oasis, filled with beautiful and amazing animals from every corner of the world. After some necessary closures due to COVID-19, the Zoo is once again open to visitors—with some important changes

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Greganelo Museum

Prepare to laugh, cry, and be transformed as you step into the unconventional Gregangelo Museum, an ever-evolving art space that is more an immersive experience than a museum. Created more than 40 years ago by lifelong San Francisco resident Gregangelo Herrera, this is a place to touch, question, and reflect using all your senses. Dare to dream on our new immersive outdoor experience “ The Riddle of the Sphinx” Designed for guests who are sheltering in place together and can be done at your own pace. The experience is outside, so dress warmly and in layers.

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