SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco health officials announced Friday that the city is likely to move into the state’s least restrictive yellow tier next week.
Officials said the expected Yellow Level assignment next Tuesday would allow the city to further relax COVID restrictions in place on Friday, May 7.
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The San Francisco Department of Health tweeted the good news around 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The thread’s first tweet said the number of new COVID-19 cases has remained consistently low over the past four weeks and is on the threshold between the orange and yellow levels.
San Francisco’s COVID-19 cases and hospital stays steadily declined from mid-January to early March. For the past four weeks, the new COVID-19 cases have remained consistently low, hovering on the threshold between the orange and yellow levels. (1/3)
– SFDPH (@SF_DPH) April 30, 2021
“On Tuesday, April 27, the California Department of Health rated San Francisco as qualifying for the Yellow Level,” officials said. “If our health indicators continue to qualify for the Yellow Level, the state will assign us the Yellow Level on Tuesday, May 4th.”
While health officials have not released the details, in line with previous measures at less restrictive levels, San Francisco residents can enjoy relaxed security protocols, with companies expanding their capacities in a number of sectors.
“It looks pretty bright,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and chairman of the UCSF department of medicine.
If the city follows state guidelines, restaurants, cinemas, libraries, offices, churches, family entertainment centers, and gyms and gyms can be opened 50% indoors. Indoor bars, breweries and wineries are allowed to open up to 100 people with a capacity of 25%.
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“It feels really exciting,” said Jayson Wilde, who runs Pagan Idol, a bar in the financial district. “Of course we take our precautions and feel as safe as possible. Next Friday means 25% without food. “
Wilde said his staff are ready to focus on their core business of making tiki drinks after a year of twists and turns. “We have to do everything we can to open the entire menu, do everything as we did before, but only with a limited number of people we have here.”
Outdoor gatherings can accommodate up to 100 people, and outdoor live viewer venues can be expanded to 67% capacity in accordance with published government guidelines. San Francisco has largely adhered to state guidelines in previous COVID animal moves.
According to Dr. Wachter, the vaccination numbers in the city are the reason for optimism. 47 percent of Franciscans aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.
“California does about the same thing as the United States, and San Francisco does almost the same thing as Israel. When we talk about A-Plus students when it comes to vaccinations, San Francisco outperforms both the US and California by 50%. “
The state announces its updated animal assignments on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy website late Tuesday morning each week.
While much of the Bay Area has been in the Orange Tier for several weeks – with the exception of Solano County, which remained in the Red Tier on April 27 – no counties in the region have managed to switch to the Yellow Tier .
Just under a month ago, California officials announced that – based on vaccine distribution and a continued decline in new hospital admissions – all COVID-19 restrictions nationwide will be lifted on June 15.
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