Reopening Updates for Businesses and Workplaces Impacted by COVID-19

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UPDATE: 4/14 - San Francisco to reopen and expand additional businesses and activities



VACCINE UPDATE: 4/13 - People 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in San Francisco

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As health indicators continue to move in the right direction, the State and City are continuing to work on reopening our economy. San Francisco may be designated under the State's Red Tier soon.

See a detailed timeline.


The nature of COVID-19 disease spread is dynamic. There are five key health indicators that the City uses to monitor the level of COVID-19 in our community and assess the ability of our health care system to respond to the pandemic. These indicators are not an on/off switch for reopening, but allow public health experts to consider various policy changes and make recommendations during each stage of the City’s reopening plan. This means the City must continuously re-evaluate direction to keep San Franciscans safe.

View COVID-19 Data for San Francisco.




Reopening Status and Guidance by Business Type:
Under the State order, more restrictive local orders based on local conditions may remain in place and must be followed. The table below addresses certain business types where additional clarification may be helpful and provides updates and links to detailed guidance from the SF City Attorney and SF Department of Public Health where available.

Read a list of the latest Health Orders and Directives including a summary of the most recent changes from the Department of Public Health.


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SF Shines for Reopening
OEWD has relaunched the SF Shines Program for reopening to offer grants of up to $5K for small businesses. The program offers reimbursement for costs to operate safely, including furniture, fixtures, and barriers. Grantees can also access professional design services to help reconfigure interior and exterior layouts.
 Learn more and apply here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for SF businesses

San Francisco has secured a large shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). In collaboration with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), a one-month supply of PPE will be made available to local small businesses that are open and/or will reopen soon, while supplies last. Visit our PPE page for more information and to learn about how you can participate.

Shared Spaces Program
Businesses can apply for no-cost, expedited permits to share space for business operations like seating, dining, retail, or music and entertainment.

Sidewalk or Parking Lanes: Learn More and Apply Here
Street Space: Learn More and Apply Here
Private Space: Learn More and Apply Here
Port Space: Learn More and Apply Here
Park Space: Apply Here
Music and Entertainment: Apply Here


Retail Curbside/Storefront Pickup ━ EXPANDED 5/18
Starting May 18, curbside/storefront pickup expanded to most retail businesses. More information and requirements can be found here.


Economic Recovery Task Force ━ ESTABLISHED 4/2
Starting April 2, the task force was established to work with the Mayor and City departments to develop a thoughtful, phased reopening of our economy. Check out their latest presentation.


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In order to reopen, businesses must:

1) Post a Health and Safety Plan. You can view a completed sample for reference, and download fillable Health and Safety Plan forms by clicking on your relevant business type on this page.

NOTE: Businesses with expanded capacity limits may have new Health and Safety plans. Please check your relevant business type for the latest requirements and forms.

2) Post this new Social Distancing Protocol.

NOTE: All businesses that are open must post this new protocol. Businesses that are using an older version of the Social Distancing Protocol need to revise and update using this new version.

3) Follow the Face Covering Order by a) posting signage about the requirements to wear face coverings, b) taking reasonable steps to only give access to those with face coverings, and c) refusing service to anyone not wearing a face covering.

4) Follow the Ventilation Guidance which includes recommendations for air quality, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Gyms and fitness centers, personal services, restaurants, and businesses where face coverings are removed are required to conspicuously post ventilation signage immediately to inform your customers what measures have been taken in your establishment. The Health Order further requires that by November 17th businesses where face coverings are removed must identify and enact one of the three ventilation measures as described in this poster.

5) Have all workers check their health before each shift. Read our guide and use our daily health screener templates found under "See Official Guidance."

6) Any establishment allowing members of the public to access indoor areas, including shopping centers, grocery stores, corner stores, financial services, hardware stores, pharmacies, etc. must establish a metering system to monitor capacity thresholds and ensure capacity does not exceed limits. In effect, a business will need to assign a specific staff person to monitor the number of people in the establishment and ensure that the 20% capacity threshold is maintained at all times.



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All the coronavirus public health orders and directives
Free COVID-19 Testing
What to do if someone at the workplace has COVID-19: Guidance for Businesses (non-healthcare) and community organizations - FAQs and Free Services