San Francisco Mayor London Breed announces new business, school reopening timeline

There are even more reopenings tentatively slated for the end of September, including indoor hair salons, nail salons, body waxing and other personal care services.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced major updates to the city's reopening timeline in a Tuesday press conference, including a path forward for schools to reopen in the fall.

While Breed didn't offer a specific date, she said if current coronavirus trends hold, hotels for tourism, outdoor movie theaters, outdoor family entertainment centers (like mini golf), outdoor tour buses and boats, indoor museums, zoos and aquariums will all be allowed to reopen for business. Churches and other houses of worship will also be allowed to open their doors for individual prayer and hold outside services for up to 50 people.

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There are even more reopenings tentatively slated for the end of September, including indoor hair salons, nail salons, body waxing and other personal care services. Tattoo and piercing shops will also be allowed to open back up. Gyms will be able to offer one-on-one personal training indoors and houses of worship will be allowed to open for indoor services at 25% capacity.

Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons were allowed to open for outdoor services in the city Tuesday and gyms are set to be allowed to reopen outdoors next week. Mayor Breed also announced Tuesday that malls are allowed to reopen indoors, effective immediately.

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For parents anxiously hoping for schools to reopen, there's some hope on the horizon, Mayor Breed offered.

Starting in mid-September, San Francisco will open learning hubs and allow for K-6 schools that have applied for waivers to do some in-person instruction. By mid-October, K-6 schools who did not apply for a waiver will be allowed to reopen for in-person instruction, if they choose to do so, as well as middle schools up to 8th grade.

Because there is more concern about transmission among high schoolers, Mayor Breed said she is "not certain we'll be able to move forward with high schools any time soon."

San Francisco is allowed to reopen more businesses because it's classified as "red" or "substantial" COVID-19 transmission in Gov. Gavin Newsom's new four-tier, color coded reopening system.

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But Mayor Breed said the city still plans to proceed with caution and closely monitor the COVID-19 indicators.

"All plans are subject to change just as they were before," she said. "The last thing I want to do is tell you that we're going to be opening, and then need to make changes and to start closing businesses once again."

"There is more virus out there than ever before," said Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax. "And indeed, we have a narrow window to keep moving forward."

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