San Francisco Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Plans to Reopen SF

Here you will find updates for museums, attractions, conferences, and other events impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I'll keep this page as updated as possible to keep you posted on what is happening in San Francisco and the surrounding communities.

Please reach out to me with additional changes, updates or questions.

Note: On 11/13, the state posted an advisory asking everyone to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in CA. It's not a ban or restriction, it's just an advisory.

Update on Coronavirus Reopening Dates/Plan

Updated On: 11/14/2020

San Francisco started reopening on June 1. Here is a list of what's open now and estimated dates on when others plan to reopen (estimated dates are based on information from the city, some may choose to open later). Changes to these can occur at anytime, so I'll keep this as updated as possible.

Here are a few things to note:

  • Indoor seating in restaurants are closed again. Outdoor and take out are the only two options.
  • Indoor museums are starting to open at 25% capacity.
  • Face masks are required on SF city streets.


Already Open
Alcatraz Island Outdoor visits only starting August 17
Asian Art Museum Opened October 3
Aquarium of the Bay Opened September 21
Botanical Gardens Opened on June 1
California Academy of Sciences October 23
Cartoon Art Museum Weekends only starting November 7
Conservatory of Flowers October 1
Contemporary Jewish Museum October 17
de Young Museum September 25
Disney Museum November 5
The Ferry Building

All stores and outdoor restaurants reopened on July 23

Ghirardelli Square Several shops and restaurants opened on June 15
Golden Gate Bridge Access to bridge sidewalks is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Welcome Center is open.
Japanese Tea Garden Opened July 22
Legion of Honor Opened October 30
Lombard Street (Crooked Street) Opened on June 1
Mission Murals Opened on June 1
Muir Woods Opened June 29, reservations are required.
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Opened October 4
Painted Ladies of Alamo Square Opened June 1
The Palace of Fine Arts Opened June 1
Pier 39 Opened June 15
Twin Peaks Opened June 1
USS Pampanito SS-383 November 13
SF Zoo July 15, find tickets

More Activities Currently Open in San Francisco

Estimated Opening Dates
Beat Museum TBD
Cable Car Museum TBD
Chinese Historical Society TBD
City Hall TBD
Coit Tower TBD
Exploratorium TBD
Hyde Street Pier TBD
Pier 45 & SS Jeremiah O'Brien TBD

Other Openings

June 12: Outdoor dining at local restaurants opened on Friday, June 12. The rules for outdoor dining include only 6 people allowed at each table. Everyone must wear a mask until they sit down and once they get up including if they leave the table to go to the restroom. You are only allowed indoors for the restroom, if you need to enter to get to the outdoor space, and to order take-away.

June 15: Sports with no fans and in-store retail

TBD: Bars, indoor museums, hotels for leisure and tourism (for everyone that did not book a room before the shelter in place), Indoor dining

Broadway Shows: SHNSF moved all of their Broadway shows to April 2021, there are no shows planned for the remainder of this year for the Orpheum or Golden Gate Theaters.

Harry Potter at the Curran: Currently, there are no performances through January 3.

TBD: Concerts, nightclubs, festivals; This phase is when they will remove all social distancing requirements based on how the reopening plan for Phases 1 - 3 go.

Cable Cars: Muni announced that cable cars will stay off the tracks until a vaccine is found. Due to the close contact with riders, they have no way to fully protect their operators so cannot start up again until it is safe.

Coronavirus Reopening Plan for SF

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Posted On: 5/28 at 3:13 p.m. (PT)

On May 28, San Francisco released their reopening plan. It will be done in four phases. Here is what you can expect to open and when. Everyone is required to wear masks when outside.

Phase 2A: June 1

*Child care

*Botanical gardens

*Outdoor museums and historical sites

*Outdoor curb side retail for services with minimal contact

Phase 2B: June 15

*Most indoor retail

*Outdoor dining

*Summer camps

*Sports with no fans

*Private household indoor services

*Religious services

*Outdoor exercise classes

*Non-emergency medial appointments

Note: On the Alcatraz website, they announced they will start tours again on June 15, 2020.

Phase 2C: July 13

* Indoor dining

*Hair salons and barbershops

*Real estate open houses

Phase 3: Mid-August



*Nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage parlors


*Swimming pools


*Indoor museums

Phase 4: To be determined

*Concert venues



*Hotels and lodging for leisure and tourism

Note from the San Francisco Department of Public Health

After the first two cases were confirmed in San Francisco on March 6 (both due to community spread), the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SDPH) and city of San Francisco have decided to take an aggressive approach to slow down the spread of this virus.

If you do go out, you are now required to wear a mask and only go out if you need groceries or other essential services.

Visit their site to learn more about what's going on right now with the Coronavirus in San Francisco.

Current Status

Posted On: 5/1 at 3:25 p.m. (PT)

Museums & Attractions


California Academy of Sciences: Museum is closed.

de Young & Legion of Honor: Closed.

Disney Museum: Closed.

Exploratorium: Closed.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Closed.

SF Asian Art Museum: Closed.

Contemporary Jewish Museum: Closed and will monitor the situation for how long they stay closed.

Randall Museum: Closed.

Pier 24: Closed.

Alcatraz: Closed.

Beyond San Francisco

Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University has canceled all public tours.

Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose: Closed.

Festivals & Other Community Events

Hamilton: All shows at the Orpheum Theater are canceled.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Performances suspended.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium: All shows postponed.

Warfield: All shows are canceled or postponed.

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival: Planned for April is canceled.

San Francisco Warriors: All games are suspended indefinitely.

Chase Center: All concerts and games canceled.

San Francisco Giants: All games postponed.

Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary Celebration: Scheduled for April 4 is postponed with no new date announced.

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival: Originally scheduled for March 12 to 15 is postponed and a new date will be announced soon.

Reboot Ideas Festival: March 26 - 29 is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

San Francisco Symphony is closed.

Venues at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center are closed.. This includes the War Memorial Opera House, the Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theatre, The Green Room, the Taube Atrium Theater, the Bryan Education Studio and the Veterans Meeting Room.

SF Ballet: Canceled all performances.

New Conservatory Theatre: Closed.

Beyond SF

SAP Center: No events scheduled. They will review each event after that date to determine if they will need to postpone/cancel based on direction from the County of Santa Clara's Public Health Department.

San Jose Sharks: All NHL games are canceled until further notification.

Earthquakes: They will postpone their games until further notice.


San Francisco

Amazon Web Services Summit: Scheduled for April 14 is canceled.

American Educational Research Association annual meeting: Scheduled for April 17 - 21 is canceled.

Bitcoin 2020: March 27 & 28, will be rescheduled for Q3.

Gucci's Cruise 2021 Show: Planned for May 18 is canceled.

The Game Developers Conference: San Scheduled for March 16 - 20 has been postponed to another date later in the summer. The new date will be announced soon.

Facebook Global Marketing Summit: March 9 - 12, canceled

Intel Labs Day: Scheduled for March 12 at the Palace of Fine Arts is cancelled.

Lead 2020: Scheduled for March 5 - 7 at the Moscone is canceled.

Rev2020: Scheduled for March 9 - 11 is canceled.

Oktane 2020: Originally scheduled to be at the Moscone Center March 30 - April 2 will now be a virtual conference online.

Red Hat Summit by IBM: Show was scheduled for April 27 - 29 and has been canceled.

Google Cloud Next '20: April 6 - 8 is canceled.

Lesbians Who Tech Summit: Rescheduled for August 6 - 8

IBM Think 2020: May 5-7 is canceled.

Beyond SF

Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium 2020: Napa was scheduled for March 9 - 11, postponed but no new date announced.

SaaStr Annual 2020: San Jose, March 10 - 12 is postponed and rescheduled for September, but new dates have not been announced.

Facebook F8 Conference: San Jose, May 5 - 6 is canceled.

Google I/O: Mountain View, May 12 - 14 is canceled.

Nvidia GPU Technology Conference: San Jose, March 22 - 26, canceled.

Airline Updates

Many airlines are offering you the chance to reschedule or postpone your flights at no additional cost. I'll do my best to keep these updated also, but please confirm all details with your airline directly.

Alaska: Fees waived for any tickets purchased on or before February 26 with dates through December 31, 2020. If you purchased between February 27 and May 31, 2020 (with original travel dates between February 27, 2020 and April 30, 2021), you can change or cancel them based on the fare level selected.

American: Bought your ticket before May 31, 2020, for travel between March 1 and September 30, 2020, you can rebook without change fees (some restrictions apply). If you buy a new trip between March 1 and May 31, 2020, for all future travel, you can also change it a later date without change fees. Plus, if you have a ticket that is expiring between March 1 and September 30, 2020, the value of your unused ticket can be used for travel through December 31, 2021. You may owe any difference in ticket price.

Jet Blue: Will waive change fees for all flights through January 4, 2021, must be booked before May 31, 2020 and fly again before January 4, 2021.

Southwest: Follow their regular policy which includes no change fees.

United: Change or cancel your flights with no fees before May 31, 2020.

AirBnB Updates

They will follow their standard cancellation policy for most bookings, so check your reservations to see what your host's policy is for cancellation.

However, in areas that travel is impacted by government regulation, they will use their "extenuating circumstances policy." This will be in effect for any area that is under containment, has a travel warning, or travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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