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Orders Issued by the San Francisco Health Officer Relevant to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


On March 6, 2020 San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon declared a health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently enacted Health Orders to protect the public health. Health Orders are enforceable laws and are usually accompanied by one or more Directives which provide legally binding instructions for how to comply with the Health Order. The Orders and Directives may also be accompanied by Guidance that provides suggestions and frameworks to facilitate compliance.


Health Orders related to COVID-19 are numbered C19-##. When a number is followed by a lowercase letter, the letter shows that the item has been amended.  So C19-07f is the sixth iteration of Order No. C19-07. Health Directives in calendar year 2020 are numbered 2020-## in order of release


Note: One Health Order and several Directives refer to "Appendix A", which details the requirement that businesses establish Social Distancing Protocol.

Click for Instructions and a fillable form to create a Social Distancing Protocol   ( 中文 | Pilipino | Español ).


Order Name and Number


Stay-Safer-At-Home Order C19-07f -- UPDATED July 20

    Appendix A | Appendix C-1 | Appendix C-2

Also known as the Shelter-in-Place Order--This is the main order that states what activities are allowed and prohibited during the COVID-19 Emergency. C19-07f was first published on July 13, 2020 and updated July 20, 2020

Replaces previous C19-07 orders: C19-07e (June 1 and 11), C19-07d (May 18), C19-07c (April 29), C19-07b (March 31), C19-07 (March 16).


Testing Requirements for Health Facilities and Providers C19-15


This order was issued on July 21, 2020 and goes into effect at 11:59 pm on July 22, except the notification provisions for providers do not take effect until 11:59 pm on July 29. It sets forth requirements and priorities for COVID-19 testing.


Postmortem Testing C19-14

    C19-14 FAQ for Professionals

                 中文 | Pilipino | Español | Русский | Tiếng Việt

     and FAQ for Familiies

                 中文 | Pilipino | Español | Русский | Tiếng Việt.


This order released on June 25, 2020 sets forth requirements for Postmortem COVID-19 testing.


Requiring Face Coverings C19-12c UPDATED July 22, 2020


This order updates the original Face Covering Orders (C19-12 and 12b) regarding the requirements for wearing face coverings.


Routine Appointments, Elective Surgery etc C19-08b

This order describes requirements for various medical procedures and appointments. C19-08b replaced C19-08 which had prohibited elective surgery


Laboratory Reporting Requirements C19-10


Protective Quarantine at LHH C19-11


Testing and Reporting in Skilled Nursing Facilities C19-13


Visitor rules:

    General Visitor Rules for Hospitals C19-06b

    Residential Care Facilities C19-09

    Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) C19-03

    ZSFGH and LHH C19-01b


These Orders collectively address rules for visitors and others where vulnerable persons reside

Guidance About In-person Visits, Communal Dining and Resident Activities


Prohibiting Large Gatherings C19-05b


This order was originally issued on March 11 and was updated on March 13 Order C19-05b expanded the Prohibition of Gatherings at City Owned Properties C19-02 to broadly apply throughout CCSF


Requirements for SROs C19-04


COVID-19 Minimum Environmental Cleaning Standards

COVID-19 Fighting Products