As San Francisco begins to see a rise in coronavirus cases Mayor London Breed announced Friday the city’s plans to move forward in reopening on November 3rd will be paused.
“During SF’s response to COVID, we’ve taken reopening carefully & deliberately. We’ve made tough choices. We’re beginning to see an increase in cases & hospitalizations. While this is not cause to move backward, we are going to pause some of the reopening scheduled for Nov 3.” Tweeted Mayor London Breed.
“Our goal has always been to respond quickly and carefully, watch the data closely, and make decisions based on the data, science, and facts,” said Director of Public Dr. Grant Colfax. “The data is, once again, telling us to pause and to extend the time before we reopen the next phase of indoor activities.”
The pause will “Give San Francisco’s Department of Public Health time to evaluate what’s happening so that we can work to stay ahead of this virus and keep our community safe. We know this virus can move fast, so we have to adjust,” said Breed.
Breed outlined what will be impacted by the pause on Twitter and explained businesses and activities that are currently allowed to operate can remain open.
Businesses & activities that are currently allowed can continue operating. Some limited, lower risk activities will still move forward on Tuesday. For our full reopening timeline, go to https://t.co/E9HurtbilK.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) October 30, 2020
“We have to all keep doing our part and follow public health guidance to keep ourselves, our families, & our entire city safe. This is going to be especially important with Halloween this weekend and the election on Tuesday,” explained Breed encouraging virtual costume contests and watch parties.
Mayor Breed reminded everyone, “In a normal year, these are times for family, for friends, and for community. But this is not a normal year — and we can’t act like this virus is behind us.”
“Although we are disappointed to hear that San Francisco will not be moving forward to allow indoor dining at 50 percent capacity at this time,” Laurie Thomas, executive director of lobbying group the Golden Gate Restaurant Association says, “we understand the need to pause our reopening plan in order to keep cases and hospitalizations under control … Our biggest concerns remain with the health of our workers, patrons and residents of San Francisco.”