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November 20, 2020

San Francisco COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Travel Alerts

San Francisco Travel is committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely information about traveling to our city safely. The health and safety of our visitors are our highest priorities. We are working closely with the U.S. Travel Association, Visit California, San Francisco International Airport officials and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to gather and share the latest developments around COVID-19 and its impact on travel to San Francisco.

To help you get through the recovery and slow reopening of San Francisco, we've put together a list of resources and activities that bring a little bit of San Francisco into your home while you practice social distancing. 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.


The Visitor Information Center at 749 Howard St. is temporarily closed effective March 16, 2020. Also closed is the Visitor Information Center at Macy's Union Square at 170 O'Farrell Street (Cellar Level).

San Francisco City Updates (as of 11/17/20)

COVID Status: Red (Substantial)

As of Nov. 16, San Francisco is officially labeled as red by the State of California in its COVID-19 recovery blueprint. For the most part, this change does not affect visitors. Indoor dining is suspended until further notice, and indoor gyms must limit capacity to 10%. All other attractions and amenities remain available, with certain adjustments or limitations.

Healthy Practices That Will Flatten The Curve from SFDPH (as of July 10)

COVID-19 is affecting all of us on a global level and it is all of our responsibility to flatten the curve of the virus. The best way for everyone to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health, and follow the instructions of public health officials.

If you do need to go outside, please wear cloth masks to prevent yourself and others from getting sick.You must stay 6 feet away from people you don’t live with, including when shopping or walking. Get more information on physical distancing.

You must also wear a face covering when you are within 6 feet from people who don’t live with you. This includes:

  • Waiting to be seated at an outdoor dining area
  • Seated at an outdoor dining area and whenever you leave your table, including when staff approach you (you don’t need to wear it while eating)
  • Waiting in line to go inside a store
  • Shopping at a store
  • On public transportation (or waiting for it)
  • Driving or riding in a taxi or rideshare vehicle (even by yourself)
  • Seeking healthcare
  • Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like laundromats, banks, and government buildings
  • In a common area inside a building, like an elevator, hallway, stairway, or parking lot
  • Working a job where you interact with others
  • Handling, preparing, or packaging food or other items for anyone you do not live with
  • Going into someone else’s home for work or any other reason
  • Walking or running outside and you see someone within 30 feet (about the length of a Muni bus)

You will not be allowed to go into a business or public transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.

Learn more from the SFDPH

California State Updates (as of Sep. 30)

California has released a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. COVID-19 risk levels vary from yellow (minimal) to purple (widespread). As of Sep. 30, San Francisco County was labeled orange (moderate), which will allow non-essential outdoor businesses to remain open and allow some non-essential indoor businesses to reopen at limited capacity, like restaurants. Learn more.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Updates (as of Sept. 11)

SFO has issued a list of new protocols and procedures that passengers can expect to encounter on their next visit. These include:

  • Requiring face masks for all passengers within any terminal building.
  • Physical distancing markers in queuing and seating areas.
  • Clear protective barriers at points of face-to-face interaction, such as information booths and ticket counters.

SFO continues to take action to protect the health and safety of both our employees and our travelers and becomes the first US Airport to launch rapid COVID testing for airport employees. Learn more.

Effective Sept. 1, all flights using the International Terminal will depart from Boarding Area G and Boarding Area A (Gates A1 – A15). Boarding Area A, closed since April 1st, is reopening to accommodate returning international service

Learn more from SFO.

SFTA Muni Updates (as of Apr. 6)

Effective Wednesday, Apr. 8, Muni service will be reduced to 17 core lines. This core network will provide essential service within one mile of all San Franciscans, as they continue to serve medical facilities & other essential trips.

Learn more from SFTA.

BART Updates (as of Nov. 20)

For more information about BART's 15-point plan to protect the health and safety of riders while still providing reliable service through San Francisco and across the Bay Area, click here.

Attraction Updates (as of Sept. 11)

  • Alcatraz - Alcatraz is open and operating in a limited capacity. Learn more.
  • Aquarium of the Bay - Operations have been suspended
  • Big Bus Tours - All operations in San Francisco (and all other cities) are suspended until further notice.
  • Museum of Ice Cream - Operations have been suspended
  • The Presidio - All park-operated public facilities and programs are closed and canceled. However, the hiking trails and open spaces remain open.
  • The San Francisco Zoo - After some necessary closures due to COVID-19, the Zoo is once again open to visitors—with some important changes.

Event Updates (as of Apr. 28)

Museum Updates (as of Sep. 30)

Restaurant Updates (as of Sept. 30)

All restaurants are allowed to start indoor dine-in service at 25% capacity. However, if you are not ready, there are a number of restaurants that are open for business, offering outdoor dining, take-out or delivery.

Sports Updates (as of July 10)

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