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What You Need to Know for Planning A Meeting in San Francisco

San Francisco is open for meetings! Here are the latest rules, guidelines, and regulations to help guide your planning your next meeting.

Meetings and events are back in the City by the Bay, and the team here at San Francisco Travel has the answers to all your questions.

When did meetings and live events resume?

Meetings and live events resumed on Apr. 15, 2021. This was the earliest date permitted by the State of California and by the City and County of San Francisco.

What are the rules for hosting conventions, meetings, and receptions in San Francisco?

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 restrictions
  • Masking should follow current CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings (San Francisco Airport requires masking by federal order)
  • Vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face masks in most settings.

For "mega events", attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event start. Event organizers may opt to allow attendees to “self-attest” that they have been vaccinated or tested, only if all personnel and attendees wear Well-Fitted Masks. These requirements and recommendations in relation to “mega events” for negative testings/vaccine verification will be in place effective June 15, 2021, through October 1, 2021. The state will assess conditions by September 1, 2021, to determine whether updated requirements or recommendations are needed beyond October 1, 2021.

Who made these rules?

These public health policies have been set by the State of California and adopted by the San Francisco Health Officer.

Will the rules change?

The City and County of San Francisco may adjust these rules as necessary to ensure public safety. Any subsequent updates will be made to this page.

Is it safe to meet in San Francisco?

Yes. San Francisco has led the way in preventing the spread of COVID-19 since the earliest days of this pandemic. Our stay-at-home orders, physical distancing requirements, and measured reopening has helped us avoid the more dramatic surges witnessed in other parts of the country. Now, the availability of vaccines has greatly improved our situation. Our confirmed COVID-19 case rate continues to decline, as do the number of necessary hospitalizations. As of June 12, 80% of San Franciscans age 12 and up have received at least one dose. Simply put, our city is among the healthiest in the nation.

What can I do in San Francisco?

Right now, most of San Francisco's popular attractions, famous restaurants, and inspiring cultural institutions are open with certain modifications to their capacities or visitor experience. For more details, bookmark this article that we regularly update or read through our official Meeting Planner's Guide.

What should I do now?

Contact our team to start planning your next meeting in San Francisco! A number of our hotels are offering no attrition room rates, among other excellent promotions.

We can't wait to host you again!