San Francisco Enters Yellow Tier as First Bay Area County

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San Francisco became the first Bay Area county to enter the yellow (minimal) tier Tuesday afternoon. The yellow tier allows most indoor business operations to reopen with modifications.

San Francisco moved from the orange (moderate) tier to the yellow (minimal) tier with the county’s positivity rate at 0.8% and health equity metric at 1.5%, below the 2.2% threshold.

In a statement, Mayor London Breed said starting on Tuesday, October 27th, non-essential offices, higher education, indoor climbing gyms and other expanded activities can reopen at 25% capacity.

New Activities on November 3rd

  • Indoor pools.
  • Indoor bowling alleys.
  • Indoor fitness centers, including those in hotels, can open their locker rooms and showers.

Expanded Activities on November 3rd

  • Dining establishments, including those within hotels, shopping centers and museums, can increase their indoor capacity to 50% up to 200 people, and with a maximum time limit per table seating of 3 hours.
  • Indoor worship can expand their capacity to 50%, up to 200 people.
  • Outdoor worship or political protests can expand to 300 people, with face coverings and distancing.
  • Indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums can increase their capacity to 50%.
  • Movie theaters can increase their capacity to 50% up to 200 people, without food or beverage concessions.
  • Allow some types of live performances with up to six performers to take place in a drive-in setting.
  • Film productions can expand indoor activities and allow for removal of face coverings under specific guidelines and can expand outdoor activities to up to 50 people.

“San Franciscans have taken COVID-19 seriously from the very beginning, and thanks to everyone’s commitment to wearing face coverings and following public health guidance, we are able to keep moving forward with reopening. Today really is a sign of hope for our city and for our economic recovery,” said Mayor Breed.

“Every step of the way we’ve made decisions through the lens of public health, and we will continue to do so going forward. We know new cases of COVID are rising in other parts of the country, so we cannot relax. We must remain vigilant. But I have faith in the people of San Francisco and in our approach to this virus. It won’t be easy and there are still tough months ahead, but I’m proud of the way this City has come together to fight this virus,” continued Breed.

Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health reminded everyone they, “will continue to monitor our health indicators and impacts of reopening, which will help guide us in future planning.”

“We’re making great progress towards San Francisco’s economic recovery because of the hard work of residents and businesses alike…Through our measured and thoughtful approach, we’ll continue to reopen safely and see the positive cultural and economic impacts necessary for our city to thrive. We look forward to expanding more activity for businesses especially as we prepare and head into the holiday season.” Said Joaquín Torres Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Assessor Carmen Chu, Co-Chair of Economic Recovery Task Force happily reported, “Today, we are witnessing the great results of teamwork and cooperation from everybody. As a dense city, getting to yellow is a huge accomplishment, I am excited to see more businesses come back and let’s keep it going!”

In addition to San Francisco’s move, Napa became the fourth county in the region to advance past the red tier. Last week, Alameda and Santa Clara counties entered the orange tier within Governor Newsom’s blueprint to reopen the economy.

See the full list of reopening businesses here.

Watch Dr. Ghaly’s full press conference here.


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