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November 2, 2021

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

August 12, 2021 - Mayor London.Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced today that San Francisco will require businesses in certain high-contact indoor sectors, such as those that serve food or drink like bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters, and entertainment venues, as well as indoor gyms and other fitness establishments, to obtain proof of vaccination from their patrons and employees in order for them to go inside those facilities. This does not include individuals ordering or picking up food or drink to go or dining outdoors. The Health Order is designed to protect against the continued spread of COVID-19, particularly among the unvaccinated, while keeping businesses open and helping to ensure schools remain open. Read the announcement.

Relax, We're Vaxxed.

All vaccines approved by the World Health Organization and the FDA will be accepted as valid proof of vaccination. This includes vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, AstraZenca-SK Bio, and Serum Institute of India

To ensure travel to and from San Francisco is as easy as possible, we've created a resource for travelers who need a COVID-19 test to return home. Get a COVID-19 test in San Francisco.

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 regardless of vaccination status, and required 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. San Francisco Airport will allow fully vaccinated international visitors to transit through starting November 8, 2021


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. At this time, theaters require a proof of vaccination to enter.


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 state or local government regulations or restrictions. Due to the Delta variant, all restaurants and bars are requiring proof of vaccination to dine or drink inside. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination.


For those "mega events" (more than 1,000 attendees indoors), attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination. All events with fewer than 1,000 attendees indoors can operate at full capacity. Events that are more than 5,000 attendees outdoors are strongly urged to require proof of vaccination for patrons and staff.


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.

International Travel - The Biden Administration announced that the U.S. will reopen its borders to international visitors in November 8, 2021. Individuals traveling to the U.S. from overseas will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their departure. Masking will continue to be required on flights, and enhanced contact tracing will be employed for international visitors. However, international travelers will no longer be subject to quarantine mandates. Depending on where you are traveling to after San Francisco, international travelers might need to show another negative COVID-19 test. We've created a resource to help you find a testing center within San FranciscoGet a COVID-19 test in San Francisco.

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.

Like any big city in the world, San Francisco has to deal with issues like vandalism and theft. If you plan on renting a car, please note wherever you park your car, no matter the time of day or night, be sure to take all valuables with you. If you love it, don't leave it. Additional tips for visitors can be found here.



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. All restaurants and bars will need to see proof of vaccination to be allowed to dine inside.


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. Please note that theaters require a proof of vaccination to enter. 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.
  • California Academy of Sciences - Proof of vaccination is required to enter the museum. Please be prepared to show proof.
  • 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.
  • Exploratorium - Timed tickets are required for entry, and are quick and easy to reserve.
  • 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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