LAST UPDATED: JULY 19, 2021

The City and County of San Francisco stated that the City has met the criteria to re-open. Our Main Gallery is open to the public and SOMArts’ is now available for space rentals. Please visit our in-person classes page for updates.

In accordance with recent SFDPH guidance, masks are now recommended for all persons regardless of vaccination status inside SOMArts. Masks are required for unvaccinated persons inside SOMArts. Disposable masks are available at the front desk and please speak to on-duty SOMArts staff with any questions or concerns.

Additionally, we’ve compiled an ongoing list of COVID–19 resources.


YOU MAY NOT ENTER SOMARTS IF:
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have had a test confirming you have the virus.

  • If you are NOT fully vaccinated, in the past 10-14 days, have you had “close contact” with anyone who has COVID-19, during their contagious period?

    “Close contact” means having any of the following interactions with someone with COVID-19 while they were contagious (they are contagious 48 hours before their symptoms began until at least 10 days after the start of symptoms). If the person with COVID-19 never had symptoms, they are contagious 48 hours before their COVID-19 test was collected until 10 days after they were tested.
    – Within 6 feet of them for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period

    – Having direct contact with their bodily fluids (coughed or sneezed on you or shared food utensils)

    – Living or staying overnight with them

    – Having physical or intimate contact including hugging and kissing

    – Taking care of them, or having them take care of you

    People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer- BioNTech or Moderna), or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

  • In the last 24 hours, including today, you have had ANY of the symptoms below, that is new or not explained by another condition? Fever (100.4oF/38oC or greater) • Chills or shivering • Cough • Sore throat • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing • Headache • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued • Vomiting or diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • Runny or congested nose • Muscle or body aches • Nausea

  • Please visit the links below for the full self-screening form:
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Top to Bottom: The Black Woman is God: Reclaim, Reconfigure, Re–Remember, 2020. Photography courtesy of Bryon Malik. CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present), 2021. Photography courtesy of Richard Lomibao

GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS

The COVID-19 virus travels in the air and collects indoors: Your risk is much higher indoors. The virus can spread more than six feet. Older adults and those with health risks should avoid indoor settings with crowds.

Walk Ups: We are not requiring timed ticketing at this time. Walk ups for Sounds Like Home: Longing and Comfort through Lullabies are welcome.

Masks: In accordance with recent SFDPH guidance, masks are now recommended for all persons regardless of vaccination status inside SOMArts. Masks are required for unvaccinated persons inside SOMArts. Disposable masks are available at the front desk and please speak to on-duty SOMArts staff with any questions or concerns.

Onsite staff: Follow any instructions from SOMArts’ on–duty COVID–19 Safety Managers. If you need assistance or have questions during your visit, please contact a SOMArts staff member at the check-in desk.

Building signage: Signs will be posted throughout the SOMArts facilities outlining safety measures that reflect city and state regulations. Please observe and follow signage while you are in the space.

Practice self and collective care: Practice consent and be respectful of those who wear masks and socially distance.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

Checking in: Upon your arrival to SOMArts, please walk down the driveway and enter through the double doors on the left. SOMArts staff will be available in the lobby to assist you and answer any questions.

Need Help? If have any questions, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you.


Sounds Like Home exhibition vinyl

Sounds Like Home: Longing and Comfort through Lullabies, 2021. Photography courtesy of Richard Lomibao

CLEANING

Handrails, doorknobs, restroom surfaces, restroom fixture handles, equipment, and other touchable surfaces are sanitized as needed throughout the day.

HYGIENE RESOURCES

SOMArts has touch-free paper-towels dispensers, soap dispensers, and faucets in all public restrooms. A freestanding hand-washing station is placed at entry.

SOMArts has hand sanitizer dispensers installed at each entrance and public restroom with additional units throughout the space.

SOMArts has a touch free, water bottle refilling station adjacent to restrooms, and the water fountain has been reinstalled.

AIR FLOW

As of January 2021, SOMArts has installed high-volume air outtake fans along one length of our building with corresponding intake venting along the opposite length, ensuring a constant displacement of interior air with fresh outdoor air.

Additionally, SOMArts has a loading dock with large, openable roll-up door at one end of our Event Space, a silent high-velocity 12ft fan at its other end, doors to the building exterior throughout both our Event and Main Gallery spaces, and mechanical ventilation as part of our heating system around our Theater Space. Our Event, Main Gallery, and Theater spaces all have spacious, open ceilings over 30ft high. Using a combination of these tools depending on weather and context, we can achieve strong fresh airflow throughout our interconnected public spaces.

In our public restrooms we’ve added additional floor standing HEPA fan-based filtration units to complement existing overhead ventilation.

Our tenant offices and upstairs classrooms are lined with openable windows. Additional fans and floor-standing HEPA fan-based filtration units are available for classrooms and offices without openable windows and rotated based on need, used in conjunction with crossflow through open doors throughout these spaces. We are restricting access to areas with poor air flow.

photographs courtesy of Helena Gonzalez Martinez

PRODUCTION AND VIRTUAL STREAMING

SOMArts’ Event Rentals team is ready to showcase a host of digital and in person services for clients who are pivoting to virtual streaming productions.

For small-crew streaming productions we’ve implemented a number of safety protocols including:

  • Masks required by crew at all times
  • Bathroom assignments for cast and crew
  • Dedicated dressing rooms
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the building
  • Mobile touchless hand washing stations in production spaces
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols
  • Strict adherence to all state and local guidelines
  • Trained and certified COVID Safety Officers on site

Learn more about SOMArts’ virtual streamings services here!