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June 3, 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 June 3)

San Francisco has officially moved into Phase 2 of it's COVID reopening plan. Here's how to enjoy San Francisco safely - What's Open

Healthy Practices That Will Flatten The Curve from SFDPH (as of Apr. 6)

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.
  • If you do need to go outside, please wear cloth masks to prevent yourself and others 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 May 5)

As the state continues implementation of the four-stage framework to allow Californians to gradually reopen some lower-risk businesses and public spaces while continuing to preserve public health, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators, the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay at home order this Friday, May 8, with guidelines released Thursday, May 7. The Governor released a Report Card showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19 in a number of categories such as stabilized hospitalization and ICU numbers and acquiring PPE. Read more about it here.

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.

As of Friday, May 8, the following types of businesses can open up with modifications in place, like curbside pickup, social distancing, and heavy sanitation:

  • Bookstores
  • Clothing stores
  • Florists
  • Music stores
  • Sporting good stores
  • Toy stores

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 May 18)

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.

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.

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.

Attraction Updates (as of Apr. 28)

  • Aquarium of the Bay - Operations have been suspended through June 1. 
  • Big Bus Tours - All operations in San Francisco (and all other cities) are suspended until further notice.
  • Museum of Ice Cream - Closed through June 1.
  • PIER 39 - The pier is closed through June 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. 28)

Museum Updates (as of Apr. 28)

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)

  • Golden State Warriors - The NBA season has been suspended.
  • LPGA Mediheal Championship - The tournament has been postponed to a later date.
  • PGA Championship - The tournament has been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 3 - 9, provided they have clearance from public health authorities
  • San Francisco SailGP - The race, happening May 2 - 3, has been canceled.
  • San Francisco Giants - Major League Baseball has canceled the remainder of its Spring Training games and delayed the start of the 2020 regular season until further notice.

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