SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – San Francisco won’t move into the yellow league next week as originally expected.
The health officer Dr. Susan Philip says this is because case rates and hospital stays have crept too high to move up to the next level.
However, personal events are still lit green to resume next week as they are already allowed under the orange tier of the state that San Francisco is currently in.
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The city’s economic and human resource development bureau held a meeting on Thursday to expect the city to move to the yellow plane next week. San Francisco was close, but no longer meets the criteria for the postponement.
For businesses, venues, and event centers, moving to the yellow tier would have allowed outdoor gatherings to be expanded to 200 people without a negative test or vaccination certificate.
When all guests are tested or vaccinated, the outdoor capacity increases to 400 people. In the yellow row, indoor gatherings are also permitted for up to 200 people, provided all guests have been tested and provide proof of vaccination.
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Laurie Thomas of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association is disappointed as we kick off the busy spring season with graduations and weddings but says it’s best that we open as safely as possible.
The health officer meanwhile said she was hopeful as people continue to be vaccinated. Philip said projections could show San Francisco could reach herd immunity in May. In the meantime, residents must remain vigilant to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.