Mayor London Breed made the announcement in a press conference and said health experts expect the city to be assigned to the state's purple tier so they will proceed with reopening accordingly.
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"Just keep in mind that this is just not an open door for us to all of a sudden let our hair down and do whatever we want to do," Breed said. "Let's keep doing what we're doing. Let's keep being smart about wearing our mask and who we interact with, let's limit the number of people that we interact with so that we can make sure that we don't see another surge and see this fire continue to get out of control."
Here are the businesses that are slated to resume in San Francisco on Thursday at 8 a.m.:
- Outdoor dining with tables of no more than two households, up to six people, and spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart
- Indoor or outdoor personal services such as hair and nail salons, barbers, tattoo, piercing, massage services may reopen but a face covering must be worn at all times
- Outdoor zoos or museums up to 50% capacity
- Open air boats and busses with up to 12 passengers or distanced groups of 12
- Indoor fitness: 1:1 personal training with no more than 3 people, including the customer, the trainer and a support staff
- Indoor funerals for up to 12 people
For small gatherings, the state says: "Members of up to 3 households with a maximum of 12 people total may gather outdoors if social distance can be maintained and no food or drink is being consumed. If food or drink is being consumed, only members from two households of up to 6 people total is allowed."
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Mayor Breed said the city will increase capacity to 50% at grocery stores and 25% for retail shops. Outdoor fitness capacity may increase to 35 people and some low contact youth sports may resume.
San Francisco will allow hotels to resume operations for tourism use but the city will maintain its mandatory local travel quarantine, which requires visitors from outside the Bay Area to quarantine for 10 days.
The city will also continue to uphold the curfew from the state that limits non-essential businesses from operating or gathering with members outside the household between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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That leaves the question of schools. On Monday, the teachers union reiterated that their members would only return if San Francisco were in the orange tier which indicates a moderate spread. Anything higher red or purple would require teachers and staff to get vaccinated before going back into the classroom.
"Yes, it could add another layer and it could improve chances for opening school building sooner if there is wide spread vaccination for school employees," said Susan Solomon, of the United Educators of San Francisco.
The San Francisco Health Department said it's confident things will improve as the vaccine continues to roll out. This despite several new variants of the virus and even though San Francisco still has a relatively high level of cases, 30 per 100,000 people.
"Because things are moving in the right direction, because our hospital capacity even through this third surge remained really good in San Francisco compare to other jurisdictions, it is time for us to take this approach of gradually reopening," said Dr. Grant Colfax who heads the San Francisco Department of Health.
In a press release, health officials said the four-week projection for ICU capacity in the Bay Area was expected to reach above 15%.
San Francisco has reported 29,991 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with an increase of 501 cases on Monday. There have been 293 deaths reported and ICU capacity is currently at 28%.
See more details at the city's website here.
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