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July 12, 2021

How to Experience San Francisco: What's Open? Everything

June 9, 2021 - Mayor London N. Breed and Health Officer Susan Philip today announced that starting Tuesday, June 15, San Francisco will fully reopen and eliminate capacity limits and almost all local restrictions on business operations in alignment with the State’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors - effective June 15. Based on draft guidelines that the State has released in advance of the June 15 reopening as well as masking guidance issued today by the State, San Francisco has determined that it will fully align with the State plan with some limited exceptions pertaining to extremely large events.

With the exception of "mega events" (more than 5,000 attendees indoors or 10,000 attendees outdoors), all business sectors may return to usual operations on June 15, outlined as such:

  • No capacity limitations.
  • No physical distancing and masking requirements, except when on public transportation and at the San Francisco Airport, which is required by federal order
  • Vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face masks in most settings.

For those "mega events", attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

These changes to public health policy have been set by the State of California. The City and County of San Francisco may adjust these rules as necessary to ensure public safety.

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 not required indoor or outdoors, except when on public transportation or at San Francisco International Airport.


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. The airport also has on-site COVID testing through appointments or walk-ins. Learn more.


At this time, indoor museums, zoos and aquariums can open at up to 100% capacity. This includes outdoor stand-alone amusement rides like the SkyStar Observation Wheel, carousels, and train rides.


San Francisco's hotels are open and can accept visitors from outside of the Bay Area. Hotels can also open dining and fitness facilities at full capacity.


San Francisco restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries are permitted to open indoor and outdoor service at 100% capacity without any regulations or restrictions


For those "mega events" (more than 5,000 attendees indoors or 10,000 attendees outdoors), attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. All events with fewer than 5,000 attendees indoors or 10,000 attendees outdoors can operate at full capacity and without regulations


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:

  • Following the FAA mandate, 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 touchpoints 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.
  • On-site COVID tests are available by appointment or walk-in. Learn more.
  • 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 and open environment that aligns with city and state orders. 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 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. 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 indoor dining at 100% capacity, outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery service. Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries may open for indoor service without food up to 100%. capacity and outdoor, seated table service.


Major Attractions

City attractions like indoor museums, zoos and aquariums can reopen at full capacity. Outdoor stand-alone amusement rides like the SkyStar Observation Wheel in Golden Gate Park, carousels, and train rides may also open at full capacity. Here is a list of major attractions that are welcoming visitors back.

  • Alcatraz - Tours are now available
  • Asian Art Museum - Timed tickets are required for entry, and are quick and easy to reserve.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum - Entry to the museum will be organized through timed tickets, which you can purchase online.
  • de Young Museum - The de Young now requires timed tickets for every visitor, both for general admission and for entry to view special exhibitions.
  • Japanese Tea Garden - 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.
  • PIER 39 - Guests can enjoy magnificent views, fun shopping, fresh seafood, beer, wine, and cocktails, all while sitting at new outside dining areas.
  • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens - Visitors can enjoy an urban oasis, filled with beautiful and amazing animals from every corner of the world.
  • SFMOMA - Entry to the museum will be organized through timed tickets, which you can purchase online.


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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