COVID health and safety rules for jail visits

San Francisco County Jails have resumed in-person weekend visits at a reduced capacity to protect everyone's health and safety during COVID-19. In compliance with the City Health Officer’s order, visitors are required to take a COVID-19 test with the onsite testing provider and receive a negative result before entering the jail. 

Visitors must also be free of COVID-19 symptoms and have not received a COVID-19 diagnosis or positive test within 10 days of the visit. Visitors must comply with all COVID-19 prevention and safety requirements as outlined below in addition to existing jail rules established before the pandemic.


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When can I schedule a jail visit?

Online reservations are available for a limited number of in-person weekend jail visits beginning 24 hours before the scheduled visit. 

You must arrive at the jail location one hour before the scheduled visit allowing time to be tested for COVID-19; you must receive a negative test result before entering the jail. 

Only scheduled visitors will be allowed onto jail grounds. 

County Jail #2 parking & transportation

County Jail #3 parking & transportation

Intake & Release Center parking & transportation to pick up release from custody

Visiting update

San Francisco County Jails has resumed in-person weekend visits at a reduced capacity.

Schedule your jail visit
COVID-19 testing rules

San Francisco’s Health Officer has issued an order requiring mandatory COVID-19 testing for anyone who enters San Francisco County Jail.


Visitors age 16 and older are required to take a COVID-19 test with the onsite testing provider before entering the jail. 


There is no charge for the COVID-19 test.


The onsite testing provider will be available at County Jail #3’s outer gate to provide the COVID-19 test.


The test provider requires a valid form of ID such as a Driver’s License or a Passport to verify your identity.


You must provide a date of birth and contact information before being tested.


You must take a COVID-19 test even if you received a COVID-19 vaccination.


COVID-19 proof of vaccination does not exempt visitors from being tested onsite. 


A positive COVID-19 test will result in cancellation of the visit for all parties.


Minors identified as those under 16 years of age are not required to take the COVID test.

COVID-19 jail health and safety rules

To enter the jail: 


You must be free of the following symptoms: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever of 100.4 or greater; chills; muscle or body aches; fatigue; headache; sore throat; persistent runny nose; diarrhea; new loss of taste or smell


You must follow social distancing guidelines including distancing in the transportation van shuttling between the front gate and County Jail #3's entrance, inside the jail front lobby and in all jail visiting areas.


You must wear a face covering or mask to enter the jail grounds and at all times inside the jail including the jail visiting room. You may remove your mask when you leave the jail grounds.


Each visitor must schedule their appointment online.


If you are 18 years or older, you must provide valid identification; Sheriff staff will verify your ID before your visit begins.  


You must not have had close contact with someone who has been in isolation or tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 


No more than two people may meet with one incarcerated person at a time.


If you did not schedule your visit online, you will not be admitted to the jail. 

In addition to the COVID-19 health and safety rules, you must follow all existing jail rules established prior to COVID. The Sheriff’s Office may end your visit and/or cancel future visits if you, your group and/or child violate COVID and/or existing jail rules.

Click here to review existing jail visiting rules.

When will visiting return to full capacity?

Congregate living settings such as jails pose a greater risk for COVID-19 transmission.

Jail Health Services, a section of the Department of Public Health, has worked with the Sheriff’s Office throughout the pandemic to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 through testing, health and safety protocols and vaccinations.

Since the pandemic’s onset, we have successfully prevented outbreaks, hospitalizations and death.

As we work to re-open our jails to in-person visiting, we do so carefully and safely, monitoring potential COVID-19 exposure and managing risk. Once we assess and validate our COVID-19 visiting protocols, we will safely expand the jail visiting schedule.

425-7th Street Intake & Release Center & CJ #2