SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The city and county of San Francisco have banned “non-essential group events” in city facilities for the next two weeks for the next two weeks amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, according to an ordinance signed on Saturday chief health officer of the district.

The “municipal facilities” covered by this order include the town hall; the Moscone Center, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the New Conservatory Theater; the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center; the theater of the Palace of Fine Arts; the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.) and Piers 27 and 35.

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“This ordinance is issued based on scientific evidence and best practices currently known and available to protect vulnerable members of the public from the avoidable risk of serious illness or death from exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) “The report reads the order signed by Tomas Aragon, San Francisco County Health Officer. “The age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of the city and county of San Francisco put them at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19,” Coronavirus said.

According to this regulation, public events in city venues can resume on March 20th.

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“Non-material group event” is defined as “any gathering of 50 or more people for social, cultural, entertainment or other special events or other non-essential purposes where the people are not separated by a physical space of at least four feet ( that’s a little longer than an average arm length). ”

Such municipal facilities may otherwise remain open for business operations for the duration of the order in accordance with the order.

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