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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 an outdoor event?

Private events or meetings (including receptions and conferences) held outdoors in San Francisco may allow up to 100 guests. That capacity may be increased to 300 guests provided that all guests test negative for COVID-19 beforehand or can provide proof of full vaccination.

What are the rules for hosting an indoor meeting or private event?

Private events or meetings (including receptions and conferences) held indoors in San Francisco may allow up to 200 participants, not including fully vaccinated personnel. All attendees must have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. If all attendees have been vaccinated, social distancing is not required. However, masks must be worn at all indoor functions.

Private events of meetings (including receptions and conferences) held outdoors in San Francisco may allow up to 200 participants, not including fully vaccinated personnel. If all attendees have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, the capacity may expand to up to 400 participants. Face coverings may be removed so long as social distancing between households is maintained. If all attendees have been vaccinated, social distancing is not required.

Who made these rules?

These guidelines have come from the State of California. They have been slightly modified by the City and County of San Francisco.

Will the rules change?

The City is committed to working with local industry representatives—including San Francisco Travel's leadership—to develop the finer points of these guidelines to ensure that they are clear and implementable. Any subsequent updates will be made to this page.

Currently, San Francisco is in the State's yellow tier. This is the least restrictive of tier of the State's system. We expect that San Francisco will fully reopen with the rest of the state on June 15, per Governor Gavin Newsom's plan.

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 early May, 70% of adults in San Francisco have received their doses. 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. We look forward to being able to share every aspect of our city with you freely by June 15.

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!