On November 28, 2020, the City and County of San Francisco has announced that we are now at a “Purple” alert level—Purple indicates the highest level of risk to our city. To prioritize the safety of our staff and community, SOMArts will be closed to the public, and our administrative team will work remotely Monday–Friday. We’ve compiled a growing list of COVID–19 resources that can be viewed here.

Click the links below to review SOMArts’ documents:
Museum Health & Safety Plan
Office Healthy & Safety Plan
Social Distancing Plan

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have had a test confirming you have the virus.
  • They live in the same household with, or have you had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVID-19 or had a test confirming they have the virus.

    “Close Contact” means you had any of the following types of contact with the person with COVID-19 while they were contagious: • Lived or stayed overnight with them • Stayed within 6 feet of them for more than 15 minutes
• Was their intimate sex partner • Exposed to direct contact with their body fluids or secretions (e.g., they coughed or sneezed on you) while you were not wearing a face mask, gown, and gloves • Took care of them or they took care of you

    Contagiousness: People with COVID-19 are considered infectious starting 48 hours before their symptoms began until 1) they haven’t had a fever for at least 24 hours, 2) their symptoms have improved, AND 3) at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms began. If the person with COVID-19 never had symptoms, then they are considered infectious starting 48 hours before their test that confirmed they have COVID-19 until 10 days after the date of that test.

    They have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which are new or not explained by another condition: • Fever (100.4oF/38.0C or greater), chills, repeated shaking/shivering • Cough • Sore throat • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued* • Loss of taste or smell • Muscle or body aches* • Headache • Runny or congested nose* • Diarrhea • Nausea or vomiting.

    * Children and youth under 18 years old do not need to be screened for these symptoms since these symptoms are less common in youth with COVID-19.

  • Please err on the side of caution, treat the above requirements seriously: don’t assume symptoms are allergies, another illness, a hangover, etc. Many individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 have a diverse range of mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Assume the possibility carrying COVID-19, follow the guidelines linked here and stay home.

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.

Rescheduling: It’s crucial to the safety and health of our community that those who are feeling sick stay home. If you have a cough or fever, a SOMArts staff can help you reschedule your visit [email protected]

Tickets: All guests are required to register for a timed entry ticket online prior to their visit. Please note that there will be a limited number of tickets per day to ensure that we do not exceed capacity.

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: All guests and staff are required to wear masks (vented masks not permitted), and maintain social distancing while at SOMArts. Use the contactless hand sanitizer found throughout the building before and after touching any surface.

Food and Drink: There is no eating or drinking allowed inside SOMArts.


Arrival: Please arrive at your allotted time frame to avoid congestion at the exhibition entrance and have your ticket ready to be scanned

Contactless Self Assessment: All guests are required to fill out a self assessment form upon arrival for contact tracing purposes. Children will need a parent or guardian to fill out the form for them.

Accessing sign in form: QR codes will be posted at the entry points where guests can fill out the form on their phones. If you are having difficulty or do not have access to a smartphone, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you.

Restrooms: For your safety, restroom access is limited.

Need Help? If you are having difficulty or do not have access to a smartphone, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you.


Handrails, doorknobs, restroom surfaces, restroom fixture handles, equipment, and touchable surfaces are sanitized as needed throughout the day, with a daily checklist provided to staff.


SOMArts has touch-free paper-towels dispensers, soap dispensers, and faucets in all public restrooms.

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


SOMArts has a loading dock with large, openable roll-up at one of our Event Spaces, a silent high-velocity 12ft fan at its other end, exits and 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. Additionally, 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. We’ve added additional floor standing hepa fan-based filtration units to our public restrooms to complement existing overhead ventilation. Currently, we are working on implementing ventilation solutions for rain and wet weather.

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. Many have openable doors at either end and are adjacent to our Event Space, benefiting from its air flow. We are restricting access to areas with poor air flow.

photographs courtesy of Helena Gonzalez Martinez


SOMArts’ Event Rentals team is ready to showcase a host of digital 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
  • Touchless temperature checks on arrival
  • 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!