SF Rolls Back Reopening, Eliminating Indoor Dining Amid COVID-19 Spike

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the city will reverse its reopening plans and eliminate indoor dining starting Friday due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The news comes after Breed announced the city’s plans to move forward reopening the economy would be paused in the beginning of November.

“I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that everyone act responsibly to reduce the spread of the virus. Every San Franciscan needs to do their part so that we can start moving in the right direction again,” said Mayor Breed in a press release. “I know this is not the news our residents and businesses wanted to hear, but as I’ve said all along, we’re making decisions based on the data we’re seeing on the ground.”

“I’m optimistic that we have a President-elect and Vice President-elect who are committed to getting this virus under control. Because San Francisco is not an island. What happens in other places impacts us here. Right now, we all have to do our part to stop this spread.” Tweeted Breed.

“From the beginning of the City’s  pandemic response, San Francisco has carefully monitored and responded to the pandemic, which has helped us lead the country in our containment,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco Director of Health. “As always, we must listen to the data. The data is now telling us this virus is rapidly traveling throughout our city. If we do not take immediate action, we will have the increase in cases and hospitalizations that we have seen in many other cities across the country and around the world, but have yet to experience in San Francisco.”

“This rollback will be extremely tough for our restaurants and bars who are already struggling to make ends meet, but we must work together to contain this virus, trust the science before us, and once again flatten this curve. Our economy and the thousands of employees that need and depend on this work rests with each of us to do our part,” said Joaquín Torres, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Since the rollback will mean lost revenue for businesses that are already stretched thin Mayor Breed is dedicating $4 million to businesses that are directly impacted.

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