San Francisco restaurants, cafes and bars serving food can start dining indoors from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor London Breed and Dr. Grant Colfax announced on Tuesday.
“Thanks to the fact that everyone in our city is acting responsibly and doing their part, we can take another step towards reopening and beginning our recovery,” Mayor Breed said in a statement. “This year has been incredibly tough for our residents and small businesses, so every step forward is critical to ensuring they can survive this pandemic.”
On Tuesday, San Francisco moved to the less restrictive red category as part of California’s color-coded reopening policy after seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases and hospital stays across the city. Mayor Breed and Dr. Colfax said cases have decreased since the vacation spurt that peaked in January.
Now in the red row, San Francisco restaurants can welcome customers back to an indoor restaurant with a 25% capacity with some restrictions. Dining indoors must be finished by 10 p.m. and there should not be more than four customers per table in the same household. San Francisco will also lift the night-time restriction on outdoor dining, which will now allow restaurants to resume service after 10 p.m.
“We are grateful that the mayor, Dr. Philip, Dr. Colfax and the Department of Health will enable San Francisco to comply with government regulations that allow indoor dining to be reopened at 25% tomorrow, as well as some relaxation about outdoor dining regulations, particularly the lifting of the city’s curfew on outdoor dining “Reads a statement from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.
The GGRA added that it was pleased that the city gave restaurateurs advance notice of their plans to re-establish indoor dining about a week before March 3, as this allowed business owners to prepare and “staff to bring back in time “. ”
During the press conference on Tuesday, Mayor Breed and Dr. Colfax states that San Francisco’s COVID-19 cases averaged 67 per day, roughly the same number of cases recorded in mid-November just before the surge. They added that by this point, more than 20% of Franciscans had received the first dose of the vaccine, including 65% of those over 65.
“We know how to slow the spread and save lives,” said Dr. Colfax in a statement. “As we gradually reopen, we need to be aware of the risks and remain vigilant, especially if vaccines remain limited and the increasing presence of more contagious variants puts an increased risk of wider spread in the community. We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to get vaccinated whenever and wherever it is offered. Practice physical distance until it is your turn, avoid indoor gatherings with people outside your household, and wear your mask over your nose and mouth. “
The GGRA urged restaurant owners and locals to continue following the guidelines to prevent more restaurants from closing temporarily or permanently.