San Francisco to Reopen and Expand Additional Businesses and Activities


NY Governor’s Press Office via AP, File


Mayor London Breed announced indoor concerts, conferences, sports and other private gatherings will be allowed to resume along with California’s guidelines starting April 15.

“As of today, 59% of our residents have received at least a first vaccine dose. Our cases remain low and have remained stable in recent weeks. We’re making good progress, but we need everyone to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread and keep each other safe.” Breed continued to tweet.

Here are California’s new rules on indoor live events or performances according to KTLA, for venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people:

  • In the purple tier: indoor live events or performances are not allowed.
  • In the red tier: capacity is limited to 10% or 100 people, but capacity increases to 25% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • In the orange tier: capacity is limited to 15% or 200 people, but it increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • In the yellow tier: capacity in limited to 25% or 300 people, but it increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

For larger venues:

  • In the red tier: testing or proof of vaccination is required, and capacity is limited to 20%.
  • In the orange tier: capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, but it increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • In the yellow tier: capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and it increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

In addition to the capacity limits, venues will have to make modifications like requiring advance ticket purchases, setting up designated areas for eating and drinking, and limiting attendance to in-state visitors.

San Francisco is currently in the ‘Orange Tier’ which allows:

    • Places of worship: open indoors at 50% capacity
    • Movie theaters: open indoors at 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
    • Hotels: open with modifications, plus their indoor pools can open and fitness centers can open at 25% capacity
    • Gyms: open indoors at 25% capacity and can open indoor pools
    • Restaurants: open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
    • Wineries, breweries and distilleries: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
    • Bars: outdoor only
    • Family entertainment centers: open indoors at 25% capacity for naturally distanced activities like bowling and rock climbing walls
    • Professional sports: outdoor stadiums can have audiences up to 33% capacity starting April 1
    • Live performances: outdoor only at 33% capacity starting April 1

“Please keep up the good work. We are watching with growing concern at the variant-fueled surges taking place in other parts of the country and in Europe. The last thing we all want is to rollback our reopening. If we continue to double down on the masking, physical distancing, and limiting of social gatherings with people outside one’s household, we can keep this disease in check. Remember, masks on, stay strong.”  Said Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax.

“Resuming indoor meetings, receptions, and events are key to San Francisco’s economic foundation,” said Anne Taupier, Acting Director of Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

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