San Francisco may resume indoor performances, as well as private conferences and receptions on Thursdays, as coronavirus rates remain low and residents continue to be vaccinated.
“We are still in a pandemic and we cannot give up our vigilance,” Mayor London told Breed in a fun press release and enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer. “
Tickets and indoor seating events and performances can reopen at up to 35% capacity if customers provide evidence of vaccination or a recent negative test result for coronavirus. Only vaccinated sections can be created with relaxed distancing requirements.
Venues that do not require vaccinations or test results can resume at 15% capacity with no more than 200 people in attendance.
Meetings and receptions can also be held indoors with up to 150 people who have been assigned seats and have proof of vaccination or a negative test. Outdoor meetings are allowed for up to 300 people with or without documentation. Outdoor ticket events with live performances can be expanded to a capacity of up to 50%.
There have been between 30 and 40 new coronavirus cases a day in San Francisco since early March, and hospital admissions for COVID-19 remain low. But the numbers have flattened rather than declined lately, and that has prevented San Francisco this week from moving from the state’s orange tier for moderate virus spread to the yellow tier, indicating minimal levels of infection.
San Francisco’s vaccination rate is above the national average, but city officials said it wasn’t high enough to prevent a fourth surge in infections without health regulations. Almost 60% of residents received a first dose of the vaccines, and on Tuesday anyone over the age of 16 could get a shot.
Masking and distancing are still required.
“During our response to COVID-19 and our reopening efforts, we have focused on moving forward in ways that will protect public health,” Breed said confidently.
The city is also expanding the number of people allowed to sit together while dining outdoors or drinking in an outdoor bar.
Dr. Grant Colfax said officials in other parts of the US and Europe were “with growing concern” observing variant voltage spikes.
“The last thing we all want is to reset our reopening,” said Colfax. “If we further double the masking, physical distancing, and limiting social gatherings with people outside of the home, we can keep this disease at bay. Remember to put masks on, stay strong. “
San Francisco will post updated reopening rules online on Thursday.