San Francisco will let eating places reopen indoors quickly

San Francisco will enable inside eating at eating places when town strikes into the subsequent tier of reopenings, probably by the top of the month, metropolis officers stated Friday.

Indoor eating will probably be restricted to 25% capability, as much as 100 individuals. The Division of Public Well being is working with the restaurant trade to develop well being and security pointers for the reopening.

“Eating places have been hit exhausting by COVID-19,” Mayor London Breed stated in a information launch. “Many have tailored with takeout and outside eating, however they’ve nonetheless been barely hanging on and, sadly, some have closed for good.”

California has established color-coded tiers for reopening. San Francisco is now within the crimson zone, the second most-restricted tier, indicating transmission of the virus is substantial.

Metropolis officers stated eating places can reopen for indoor eating when town strikes into the less-restrictive orange tier, which “will happen no prior to the top of the month,” the discharge stated.

Below the present system, counties are allowed to reopen indoor eating at restricted capability whereas within the crimson tier. Nevertheless, San Francisco — the second densest metropolis within the nation after New York — has moved extra slowly than different locations to reopen, following its personal native well being indicators reasonably than the state’s.

“Our measured strategy to reopening is grounded in science and info, and science clearly tells us that indoor actions include extra threat,” stated Dr. Tomás Aragón, town’s well being officer.

“We should work with the eating places and enterprise homeowners to implement robust security protocols that assist mitigate this extra threat and shield the security of our staff, clients and the neighborhood.”

Metropolis officers stated in-classroom instruction with restricted capability would resume Monday for schools which have submitted security plans and acquired approval.

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