Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year Safety Tips Amidst a Pandemic

Staying safe during the Lunar New Year festivities Amidst a Pandemic 

In accordance with current health orders, the Lunar New Year Parade has been CANCELED for 2021. Please read below for more information.

Each February, San Francisco celebrates the Lunar New Year with our city’s world-famous parade – the largest in the United States. The parades began in the 1860s and today never fail to draw huge crowds. Unfortunately, due to a widespread pandemic, this year will be different. To help keep everyone safe please view some helpful guidelines below regarding health and safety and scam information as well.

  • Stay healthy by staying home.
  • You should not be around people from outside your household. You can go outside on your own or with people you live with. You can go to an essential job.
  • If you go out, you must stay 6 feet away from people and wear a face covering.

  • You can safely walk, bike, or go for a run near your home with people you live with. You can also do a small outdoor fitness class or go to an outdoor gym.

  • You must avoid traveling outside of San Francisco, even within the Bay Area. You could bring more COVID-19 back to SF.

  • We recommend going out as little as possible if you're older or have a chronic health condition. Get things delivered or call someone to help you get essentials.

  • Religious remote services are still the safest option. If you do attend an in-person service, only outdoor services are available. Choose 1 service to attend per week, at most. More gatherings mean more risk to all worshippers.

Beware of Scams and Beware of your Surroundings!

Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year is a peak time for scammers. We urge you to beware of strangers seeking cash in exchange for curing your illness or lifting a curse.  If you are approached by a potential scammer, we urge you to contact police at our non-emergency number: 1-415-553-0123. You can also call our Tip Line at 1-415-558-5588 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Vaccine Scams

While vaccination details are still being worked out here's what you can be sure of:

  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. That's a scam.

  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine. That’s a scam.

  • No healthcare provide or government entity will call about the vaccine and ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. That’s a scam.

  • Information surrounding vaccine scams is constantly growing - stay informed by visiting the Federal Trade Commission site on vaccine scams.

Report a Health Order Violation

This is a legally enforceable order issued under California law. It is a crime to violate this order. You may be punished by a fine or imprisonment if you do. If you see businesses or others not complying with the Stay Home order, you can report a violation.

Download a PDF of FAQ's Regarding the Current Health Order

Stay Home Health Order FAQS (PDF)

留在家中衛生指令的常見問題 (PDF)