Curfew Updates for UCSF Researchers

June 4, 2020

Dear UCSF Research Community,

I am writing to update you on the curfew guidance issued by the Chancellor’s Executive Team on Tuesday. In a sign of how dynamic the situation remains, the list of cities and counties that have lifted their curfew orders has grown during the time it has taken me to draft this update.

As of today, the curfews in the following cities and counties have been lifted or have expired:

  • San Francisco (city and county)
  • Alameda County
  • San Mateo County
  • Palo Alto
  • Santa Clara (city)
  • San Jose
  • Danville
  • Solano County

Please bear in mind that some curfews are still in effect in other parts of the Bay Area. I recommend that you check the websites of your city or county for updated information.

While the curfew order in San Francisco has been lifted, please be careful while traveling to and from UCSF, especially during the evening, night, and early morning hours. There are numerous peaceful protests and events being held throughout the Bay Area, but Police Chief Mike Denson remains concerned about ongoing violence and criminal activity, including robberies, that continue to occur. 

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I ask for your flexibility and understanding as we work to provide guidance and policies that are focused on the welfare of the entire Research community. During these unsettling times, I am sensitive to the fact that some of our colleagues feel unsafe because of their race and ethnicity. I don’t take for granted that traveling to and from work under these circumstances presents risks for them that many others do not face. This is why we are adhering closely to the guidance of Chief Denson and our UCSF Police Department. I am grateful for their guidance as they continue to monitor quickly evolving situations in order to protect the entire UCSF community.

I will continue to provide information in a timely manner, in order to keep you informed and safe as you travel to and from UCSF facilities. Other groups, such as UCSF’s facilities teams and clinical teams, who have been working onsite throughout the pandemic, are also receiving guidance to help keep them safe.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership. I recognize that the policy actions UCSF takes have the potential to interrupt ongoing research. I also know that UCSF leadership does not make these decisions lightly. 

As a reminder, please check your local ordinances online to see if any curfews still apply. If you work or reside in an area where curfews are still active and you do not feel safe returning to work, please speak with your PI or supervisor to adjust schedules as needed or make alternate arrangements.

I commend all of you for your continued support of our community’s most vulnerable members. And to those of you resuming research, please look after yourselves and each other.


Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc
Vice Chancellor of Research
Professor of Medicine and Orofacial Sciences