San Francisco to reopen more businesses, activities

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced the city will move forward with indoor dining and places of worship at 25 percent capacity up to 100 people starting on Wednesday.

In addition, San Francisco will expand the capacity of outdoor places of worship, outdoor political demonstrations, and indoor malls, and will reopen additional family entertainment, hotel fitness centers, and more, the announcement said.

These next steps come as the state of California assigned San Francisco to Orange on its tiered reopening system, based on San Francisco’s COVID-19 infection and case rate.

San Francisco has also set a timeline for opening indoor movie theaters and outdoor playgrounds. Indoor movie theaters are slated to reopen at a limited capacity and with modifications on Oct. 7, and public outdoor playgrounds are planned to open in mid-October, now that state restrictions have eased.

“Thanks to San Francisco’s commitment to following public health guidance, we are seeing improvements in our numbers, which means we can continue to move forward with reopening,” said Breed.

“Since we came off the state watch list Sept. 1, we have kept a steady and gradual pace of reopening … We do not want any setbacks, so we will keep reminding the public to be diligent and wear a mask, physically distance and wash your hands,” said Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s director of health.

“Growing up I spent many weekends bussing and waiting on tables at our family restaurant. Today, I’m especially excited to see restaurants reopen indoor to create a lifeline during the colder fall and winter months,” said Carmen Chu, a Chinese American serving as assessor-recorder of San Francisco and co-chair of the Economic Recovery Task Force.

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