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April 1, 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 "Shelter in Place" and "Stay at Home" orders, 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.

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 Mar. 31)

By order of the Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco, all individuals living in the county must shelter at their place of residence except to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain critical activities and work for essential business and government services until May 3. The order also:

  • Exempts individuals experiencing homelessness from the shelter in place order.
  • All businesses and governmental agencies are ordered to cease nonessential operations at physical locations in the county 
  • Prohibits all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals and ordering cessation of all non-essential travel.

Learn more

Healthy Practices That Will Flatten The Curve from SFDPH (as of Mar. 19)

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.
  • 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.
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.

In addition to the healthy practices above, it is recommended that you maintain and practice social distancing (spacing six feet or more between you and other people) when you need to venture out of your home for essential activity, which is defined as:

  • Activities or performing tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members
  • Activities or performing tasks to obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others
  • Activities or performing tasks to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements, such as walking, hiking, or running. 
  • Support local restaurants by ordering takeout.  

Learn more from the SFDPH

California State Updates (as of Mar. 24)

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The order is in place until further notice. Read the Executive Order.

What can I do? What is open?
Essential services will remain open, such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services 
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What's closed? 

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention centers
  • Hair and nail salons

Can people still go hiking or visit State Parks?
Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet. This means avoiding crowded trails and parking lots. To help reduce crowds, State Parks is modifying operations at some parks, including closing vehicular access and parking lots to reduce density of visitors. A list of closures can be found at Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Updates (as of Mar. 31)

Effective April 1, all flights using the International Terminal will depart from Boarding Area G. Boarding Area A (Gates A1 – A15) will be closed & all flights in the International Terminal will depart from Boarding Area G (Gates G1 – G14).

Learn more from SFO.

Attraction Updates (as of Mar. 31)

  • Aquarium of the Bay - Operations have been suspended through May 1. 
  • Big Bus Tours - All operations in San Francisco (and all other cities) are suspended until further notice.
  • Museum of Ice Cream - Closed through Apr. 7.
  • PIER 39 - The pier is closed through May 1.
  • The Presidio - All park-operated public facilities and programs are closed and canceled. However, the hiking trails and open spaces remain open.

Event Updates (as of Apr. 1)

Museum Updates (as of Mar. 25)

Restaurant Updates (as of Mar. 25)

All dine-in restaurants closed until further notice. However, there are a number of restaurants that are open for business, offering take-out or delivery only.

Sports Updates (as of Mar. 31)

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