San Francisco has been moved to the most restrictive level by California after a surge in coronavirus cases, resulting in a series of new measures across the city.
“I don’t know how to be clearer – this is the most dangerous time we have seen during this pandemic,” Mayor London told Breed.
The new restrictions begin on Sunday with the closure of cinemas, gyms, museums, zoos and aquariums and even places of worship – a move Los Angeles opposed on Friday. The capacity in indoor stores, including pharmacies, will be reduced by half to 25%.
Outdoor entertainment activities such as carousels, ferris wheels, train rides, and trampolines will also be closed, although playgrounds, mini golf, skate parks, and batting cages will continue to operate. Schools that have already opened can remain open. Along with most of the state facing new restrictions, the curfew will also begin at 10 p.m. on Monday, the city said.
The move hits San Francisco just as Thanksgiving started the holiday season with an expected surge in travel and retail activity. The city also advised its residents not to leave the county and recommended a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling out of the state.
San Francisco County had over 15,000 coronavirus cases and 160 deaths, much fewer than many other parts of California. In total, the state had over 1.1 million Covid-19 cases and over 19,000 deaths.
A number of California counties have also been moved to the most restrictive “purple” level, including neighboring San Mateo County, which is home to the San Francisco International Airport.
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