Resources to Support Arts Organizations and Artists During COVID-19 Emergency

Otros Recursos Para Apoyar a las Organizaciones Artisticas y Artistas Durante la Emergencia de COVID-19

Iba pang pagkukunan ng impormasyon tungkol sa pagtulong sa mga Organisasyon sa Arte at Artista sa Panahon ng Emerhensya ng COVID-19

Reopening Guidelines 

(Updated 06/15/2021)

Click on this link for updates from the Mayor's Office
Click on this link for more information on the City's Reopening
Click on this link for the updated mask/face covering Guidance
Click on this link for Cal/OSHA Guidance for Offices
Click on this link for the COVID-19 Outreach Toolkit for Businesses

To apply for rent assistance for April 2021 and after, visit the website for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Large Indoor Gatherings
Individuals who are neither fully vaccinated nor tested are urged to wear well-fitted masks and maintain physical distance when they are in large indoor gatherings with members of other households whose vaccination status is unknown, such as public meetings. Nothing in this section limits any requirements that apply under this Order to indoor Mega-Events or that Cal/OSHA or other State authority may impose on any indoor setting involving large gatherings.

While most health orders will be terminated starting June 15, some will continue including those that fall under the category of "Mega-Event."

A "Mega-Event" is an event with either more than 5,000 people attending indoors or more than 10,000 people attending outdoors. A Mega-Event may have either assigned or unassigned seating, and may be either general admission or gated, ticketed and permitted events. 

  • For indoor Mega-Events, personnel and patrons age 12 and up are required to show proof, before entering the facility, that they are fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test. A written self-attestation of vaccination signed (including an electronic signature) under penalty of perjury and containing the name of the person vaccinated, type of vaccine taken, and date of last dose administered is acceptable as proof of full vaccination only if all Personnel and patrons two-years-old and older wear a Well-Fitted Mask at all times other than while actively eating or drinking.
  • The host or organizer of an indoor or outdoor Mega-Event or series of Mega-Events must submit to the Health Officer a proposed plan detailing procedures that will be implemented to minimize the risk of transmission among patrons and personnel. The plan should include the following: 
    • Description of event details (date/time; expected capacity; location; and type of event)
    • Contact name for the event (i.e., a person who can be reached in the event of an outbreak and/or who can be contacted to discuss the proposed plan)
    • An explanation of how the host or organizer will have attendees meet requirements for providing their vaccination and/or testing status (if applicable)
    • An explanation of how the host or organizer will communicate/message: (1) information to ensure that guests are aware of testing and vaccination requirements (indoors)/recommendations (outdoors); (2) encouragement for attendees to have completed their vaccination at least 2 weeks before the event; (3) the safety measures being taken
    • If the Mega-Event is taking place indoors, an explanation of how the host or organizer will address face coverings
    • A description of the strategies that will be implemented to avoid stagnant crowds (this can include traffic flow, advanced ticketing, touchless payment, etc.)

Plans must be submitted to at least ten business days before the planned event or, if earlier, ten business days before the date on which tickets will begin to be sold or offered to the public. If tickets are already on sale as of the date of this Order, the host or organizer must submit the plan within 30 days of the date of this Order. The host or organizer does not need advance written approval of the Health Officer or the Health Officer’s designee to proceed with the Mega-Event consistent with the plan. But in the event the Health Officer identifies deficiencies in the plan, DPH will contact the host or organizer, and the host or organizer is required to work with DPH to address any and all deficiencies.

Youth Classes/Summer Programs
Cohorting is no longer required in programs for children and youth. If someone in your program tests positive for COVID-19, SFDPH will no longer assume that everyone in a class, team or group was a close contact. Only people who were within 6-feet of the person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, over the course of 24 hours, will be considered close contacts. See more information about Programs for Children and Youth

  • Staff and volunteers may work with more than one group
  • Children may participate in more than one group in their program each day (i.e., a child can be with a regular group for most of the day, but also attend an additional programs/class in the afternoon)
  • There is no maximum group size
  • There is no minimum duration for programs. Single-day programs and drop-in programs are allowed. Programs can add new children and youth at any time
  • Programs must  record daily attendance for each activity or group, to  help determine who may be a close contact if someone in the program tests positive for COVID-19
  • To reduce the number of people who may need to quarantine, consider ways to track who is within 6-feet of other each day. Examples include assigned seating or recording who is next to each other when unmasked indoors
  • Children and youth who have been fully vaccinated do not need to distance themselves from each other. Physical distancing is not required when children are wearing face masks, however physical distancing is still required when children who are not fully vaccinated are not wearing masks, for example during meals and naps.

Financial, Health and Other Resources for Visual and Performing Artists, Cultural Workers, Small Businesses, Arts Institutions & Nonprofits

(Updated 4/9/2021)

Health and Protocol Directives (laws) and Guidance (complementary assistance)

SF Health Orders (Related to Businesses - Chronological Order)

All SF Health Directives

All SF Official Information and Guidance (chronological order)

SF Health Screening Forms for Personnel, Clients & Visitors

SF Department of Public Health General COVID Resources

California Department of Public Health Novel Coronavirus 2019 Page (State Guidance by Industry)

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Novel Coronavirus 2019 Page

World Health Organization (WHO) Questions and Answers on Coronaviruses

Financial Resources for Small Businesses and the Entire Arts & Culture Sector

SF Office of Economic and Workplace Development COVID Page

SF Office of Small Business COVID Page

Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

Public Assistance and Grant Resources for Nonprofits and Special Districts

YBCA Nonprofit and Artist Relief Fund

KQED List of Emergency Funds for Freelancers and Artists 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Fund

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Community Vision Capital & Consulting

Americans for the Arts COVID Resources 

NEA COVID Resources


Performing Arts Resources and Grants

NEW San Francisco Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund

Entertainment Commission COVID Page

Outdoor Entertainment and Amplified Sound (9/25/2020 Announcement)

Just Add Music (JAMS) Permit for Shared Spaces, Outdoor Dining and Other Activities

Map of all the SF Shared Spaces Street Closures (to connect with local merchant associations and collaborate on performances, vending, art walks, etc.)

Theater Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund 

The Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

Musicians Foundation Grants


Resources for Museums & Galleries (including those that offer in-store retail--i.e. galleries, art boutiques, etc.)

In-Store Retail 

Museums, Zoos, Aquariums Directives and Design Strategies for the Visitor Experience


Directives and Guidance for Art & Culture Venues That Offer Youth Programs

State Guidance for Day Camps

Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs

SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families COVID Page

SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families Community Hubs Initiative Page


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