SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – San Francisco was the first city and county in the Bay Area to pass the Yellow Tier Policy Thursday morning. Bars and other businesses finally got the chance to serve customers indoors.
The state announced its updated animal assignments on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy website just before noon late Tuesday morning. San Francisco officials said they plan to “expand almost all activity to 50% indoor capacity” unless California imposes more restrictive capacity limits.
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The San Francisco Department of Health plans to issue its final health and safety guidelines to reopen activities that are allowed under the yellow tier of the state’s safer economy on Thursday. The relaxed restrictions took effect from 8 a.m.
But of all the things that open up again inside under the yellow step, the bars seem to be in the foreground.
They were closed from the start. Some have even disappeared for good.
From Thursday, bars with a capacity of 25 percent can be opened indoors.
San Francisco supervisor Matt Haney recognized the hard work of the San Francisco residents and their willingness to adhere to safety protocols.
“So this is a huge landmark and it reflects a lot of sacrifice,” Haney said.
When asked if he was concerned that San Francisco might return to another lockdown, Haney expressed confidence.
“I think that’s safe, you know? We are still cautious; You know, masks inside, even at bars, you have to sit at tables and no crowds inside, ”Haney explained. “But we see that with the reopening, cases are still falling. And a big part of that is the vaccinations. In San Francisco, over 50% of our population aged 16 and over is fully vaccinated. “
Locals turned up at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Church of 8 Wheels, a popular roller-skating rink in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood, excited about the Yellow Tier’s reopening.
Leyla Norooz caught the early morning wind and laced herself indoors for the first time in more than a year.
“It’s wonderful! So good. So soft!” She said.
Owner David Miles Jr. weathered the pandemic by adapting.
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“We have opened an online skate shop. I started selling ice skates like crazy, ”he said. We are also involved in building runways for other communities. I don’t let the grass grow under my feet. I have to get rolling; I have to spread the religion as widely as possible. “
His son David Miles III was just as enthusiastic about the reopening.
“We have finally reached that day. So we’re finally here! Now we can do this every day. It’s something that has definitely given us high hopes of moving forward, ”he said.
“We are almost normal. We’re getting closer to normal, but we still have a long way to go, “said Miles Jr.” I just hope we can move on. I don’t want another shutdown you know That would be devastating. “
“I’m here with all of my friends. I couldn’t be happier. It’s about being part of a community, ”enthused skater Jake Zimmerman.
In addition to bars, breweries and wineries, which are allowed to reopen indoors with a capacity of 25%, there are further adjustments as part of the yellow level.
Eight guests are now allowed per table in restaurants. Ice skating and roller skating rinks, playgrounds and family recreation centers such as amusement arcades, mini golf, pool halls and bowling alleys can be reopened with a capacity of 50%, as can public libraries.
Saunas, steam baths and indoor whirlpools may be reopened with a capacity of 25%.
Outdoor gatherings can accommodate up to 100 people, and outdoor live spectator venues can be expanded to 67% capacity in accordance with published government guidelines. San Francisco has largely adhered to state guidelines in previous COVID strides.
On Monday, SF health officials announced that San Francisco would follow the state’s new guidelines on masking, reflecting the recently updated CDC recommendations.
Acting San Francisco Health Commissioner Dr. Susan Philip, released a statement Monday after the state decided to generally align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for masking fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
For the purposes of this guide, people are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series of Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after receiving a single dose . Currently, people aged 16 and over can be vaccinated in San Francisco.
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“The CDC’s announcement that people who are fully vaccinated, and in some cases not vaccinated, will no longer need to wear masks in certain outdoor environments is fantastic news that reflects the science and data we now have on the effectiveness of the Vaccines in preventing the spread and shutdown of the community have fall rates and minimal risk of outdoor transmission, “Phillip said in a statement.