San Francisco is taking new steps to open up the city, easing restrictions on April 15th to allow indoor music concerts, graduation ceremonies, conferences, and more to resume. In addition, many activities and businesses that have already opened their doors can expand their capacity, including outdoor dining, indoor family entertainment, and indoor and outdoor sports and recreation.
City officials announced on Wednesday that they are aligning more requirements in the public health order to the requirements set by the state for counties in the orange level. The city published a long, detailed list of reopenings and expansions – a sign that city life is slowly returning to normal.
The eating rules, for example, have been relaxed following the new guidelines from Wednesday: Both outdoor dining and outdoor bars will be expanded to up to eight people at one table without any budget restrictions. The rules for ending indoor service at 11 p.m. have also been repealed.
In gyms, spin bikes and treadmills can be placed 6 feet apart, and aerobic fitness classes that use stationary equipment can resume 6 feet apart starting tomorrow.
Zoos, aquariums, and museums can bring back guided tours, and the collection bins in retail stores no longer require special signage. Excursion boats and buses no longer have to limit the number of passengers.
San Francisco entered the orange category last month as part of the state’s reopening plan, but the city has chosen to be more restrictive than the state allows for businesses to reopen. Many of the activities that resume tomorrow could reopen due to guidelines recently released by the state, the city said.
“San Francisco continues to reopen and this final round of resumed activities and events is an exciting step for our city,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “During our response to COVID-19 and our reopening efforts, we have focused on moving forward in ways that protect public health, and we will all need to do their part to keep our community safe. Remember to keep wearing your mask, keep your distance from others, and get tested if you feel sick. We’re still in a pandemic and can’t give up our vigilance – but that doesn’t mean we still can’t find ways to adjust to our new normal, have fun, and enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer. ”
Here you can see some reopenings and expansions. A full list and more details on restrictions can be found here.
-Indoor Ticket and Seating Events: Live sports, theater, and music performances, as well as graduation ceremonies, can allow state viewers up to 35% capacity with an approved safety plan and social distancing protocols such as wearing masks. Venues can only create vaccinated sections with relaxed distancing requirements subject to certain criteria and an approved health and safety plan.
-Private events: Meetings, conventions and receptions can also continue indoors with up to 150 participants with assigned seats and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. These events are allowed outdoors under the same guidelines for up to 300 people or up to 100 people without proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
– Outdoor social gatherings: Groups of up to 50 people can gather outdoors with face covering and distancing, reduced to 25 if food or drink is consumed.
-Indoor social gatherings: capacity is expanded to 25 people who practice social distancing measures such as masking. Special rules and allowances apply to small indoor gatherings that involve fully vaccinated people, the city said.
– Outdoor dining and outdoor bars: Up to eight people can sit at one table with no household restrictions. The rules for ending indoor service at 11 p.m. have also been repealed. However, tables are still limited to six people per table from just three households.