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  • San Francisco has met the criteria based on its coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and other metrics to move into California’s less restrictive red tier, allowing the reopening of indoor activities with restrictions.
  • Indoor dining at restaurants, bars that serve food, coffee shops and food courts can now open with 25 percent capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Gyms and yoga studios are allowed to open at 10 percent capacity, while museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoors at 25 percent capacity.

San Francisco is now allowing indoor dining, gyms, museums and movie theaters to open to the public after experiencing a significant decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. 

The city and its surrounding area were the first in the nation to put a lockdown in place when the coronavirus outbreak started to worsen in the spring of 2020. Some businesses were allowed to reopen after cases began falling in the summer, but reopening plans were rolled back in the fall as cases began to surge. 


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On Tuesday, city officials announced San Francisco had met the criteria based on its coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and other metrics to move into California’s less restrictive red tier, allowing the reopening of indoor activities with restrictions. 

Indoor dining at restaurants, bars that serve food, coffee shops and food courts can now open with 25 percent capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is lower. Indoor dining tables are limited to members of one household up to a maximum of four people and indoor service is required to end at 10 p.m.

Gyms and yoga studios are allowed to open at 10 percent capacity, while museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoors at 25 percent capacity. 

Movie theaters may reopen at 25 percent capacity or up to 100 people without concessions. Meanwhile, outdoor activities such as recreational sports will be expanded. 

“Thanks to everyone in our City acting responsibly and doing their part, we can take another step towards reopening and beginning our recovery,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said in a statement Tuesday. 

“This year has been incredibly hard on our residents and small businesses, so every step forward is critical to making sure they can survive this pandemic. To make sure we can keep moving forward, we all need to stay focused and continue to follow the health guidance,” Breed said. 

As of Thursday, San Francisco is averaging 62 new coronavirus cases each day and has recorded 34,207 cases in total with 423 deaths. In January, new cases reached a seven-day average of more than 370. 


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Published on Mar 04, 2021