SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – San Francisco bars are looking for people to have a drink when the city kicks off its first weekend on the yellow row.
Earlier this week it was announced that indoor bars can finally be partially reopened without the need to serve food.
For some bars this is not a big change as many have been partially busy since mid-March, however, having to stop offering grocery options helps a lot and they are happy to bring customers back into the house.
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For the first weekend in more than a year, some of the bars in San Francisco can be opened indoors without having to serve food to customers.
This is progress as the COVID-19 pandemic fueled fear of the future.
“Personally, I think it’s wonderful. Anything we do to move forward, anything that is progress is a good thing, ”said Gary Locke.
Bartender Gary Locke is excited to see more people come in and pull up a chair.
The Horseshoe Tavern on Chestnut Street still has outdoor seating, but the option to serve people inside makes the overall experience more enjoyable.
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“There is a social aspect to a bar that was really missing. I think for a lot of people you miss the smile, you miss the facial expression, ”said Locke.
Of the 25% capacity allowed indoors, some customers say this new level brings back the feeling of comfort and familiarity.
“It’s that warm feeling when you just push a few back and loosen up socially. I feel like I’m falling back into the old ways of socializing and it’s a great release, ”said Adam Allen.
For the bars that offer food options, they can keep working with 50% capacity inside.
Some places have longed to open up even more, but they will make progress.
“It’s easy to see that things are not what we want them to be, but they are much better than they were and they are going in the right direction,” said Locke.
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San Francisco is currently the only county in the Bay Area on the yellow line.
It is the final phase of a phased reopening plan.
The state aims to fully reopen the economy on June 15th.