Reopening Updates for Businesses and Workplaces Impacted by COVID-19

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UPDATE: 9/18 - Mayor Breed announces timeline and framework for reopening indoor dining in San Francisco

NEW PROGRAM: 8/31 - Mayor Breed announces delivery of Personal Protective Equipment to Small Businesses Request Free PPE


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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.

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.


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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for SF businesses ━ * NEW *

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.

Outdoor Personal Services * OPENING 9/1 *
Starting September 1, personal services including salons providing barbering and cosmetology services, nail salons, and massages can operate outdoors. Services that cannot now be safely performed outdoors are still prohibited, including tattooing and piercing. More information and requirements can be found here.

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

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


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, all 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.

2) Post this new Social Distancing Protocol. * NEW *

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.




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Stay at Home Guidance and all the coronavirus public health orders
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