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  • The reopening of indoor pools, gym locker rooms and showers and venues like bowling alleys will not happen on Tuesday as previously planned.
  • Restaurants, movie theaters, museums, zoos and places of worship must remain at 25 percent capacity instead of increasing to 50 percent.
  • “Given what we’re seeing in our numbers here as well as across the country and the world, we want to make sure we continue our cautious and deliberate approach, which is why we’ve decided to pause before moving forward with more reopening,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Friday.

San Francisco is hitting the brakes on planned reopening efforts due to an uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, the city’s mayor announced on Friday. 

The city’s case and hospitalization numbers are still very low, but with worsening outbreaks occurring in California and across many parts of the country city officials decided to temporarily pause the reopening of businesses and activities planned for Nov. 3 as a precautionary measure. 


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“Given what we’re seeing in our numbers here as well as across the country and the world, we want to make sure we continue our cautious and deliberate approach, which is why we’ve decided to pause before moving forward with more reopening,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Friday. 

“With this pause, our public health experts can evaluate our cases and hospitalizations so that we can work to stay ahead of this virus and keep our community safe. We have to all keep doing our part and follow public health guidance to keep ourselves, our families, and our entire city safe,” Breed said. 

The reopening of indoor pools, gym locker rooms and showers and venues like bowling alleys will not happen on Tuesday as previously planned, while restaurants, movie theaters, museums, zoos and places of worship must remain at 25 percent capacity instead of increasing to 50 percent. 

Schools will not be affected by the pause and can reopen with authorization from the city. 

The move comes as the U.S. is currently experiencing an alarming surge in cases and hospitalizations. 

The nation set yet another pandemic record on Thursday with nearly 90,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day while more than 46,000 people are currently hospitalized. 

San Francisco, however, seems to be doing well in mitigating the spread of the virus. The city currently has the lowest death and positivity rates of any large U.S. city. 


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Published on Oct 30, 2020