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Krescent Carasso
April 14, 2021
SF Will Relax Dine-In Restrictions April 15th. Here’s What You Should Know
The city will implement more relaxed guidelines for outdoor dining, large gatherings, and indoor activities.
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After a slight rise in COVID cases, San Francisco is staying in the orange tier of the state’s color-coded reopening plan. Since the city won’t meet the criteria to advance to the less restrictive tier, it’s instead choosing to loosen a few restrictions related to gatherings and indoor activities.

“San Francisco is continuing to reopen and this latest round of activities and events that can start to resume is an exciting step for our city,” said Mayor London Breed in a press release. “Throughout our response to COVID-19 and our reopening efforts, we’ve focused on moving forward in a way that protects public health, and we’re going to need everyone to keep doing their part to keep our community safe.”

So, what do the new rules mean for dining out? We’ve quickly broken it down below.


  • Outdoor dining with eight people per table (increased from six), with no limitations on number of households

  • Outdoor drinking at bars that don’t serve food with eight people per table (increased from six), with no limitations on number of households

  • Outdoor group reservations for up to 25 people (increased from 12), with mingling allowed between tables

  • Indoor dining with six people per table, limited to three households

  • Indoor dining with tabletop cooking

  • 11pm curfew lifted for indoor dining

For a full list of the newly-updated restrictions, head here.

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