The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has released a statement on San Francisco’s move to the Red Tier which will begin to allow indoor dining in San Francisco after months of closure due to a surge of COVID-19 in California that has led to the case reporting over 50,000 total deaths in the state:
“We are grateful that the Mayor, Dr. Philip, Dr. Colfax, and the Department of Public Health will allow San Francisco to follow the state's tier regulations, which will allow the reopening tomorrow of indoor dining at 25% as well as some relaxation of the regulations around outdoor dining, particularly the removal of the city's curfew for outdoor dining.
We appreciate the thoughtful way that the updated guidance looks clearly at the distinctions between indoor and outdoor dining, and provides clear information on both. We are thrilled to receive this new guidance almost a week in advance of reopening, which will allow our businesses to implement what is needed and be able to bring back staff in a timely manner.
We will continue to work closely with the city and the San Francisco Department of Public Health on clear communication of these guidelines that focus on a safe and healthy environment for our employees, guests and community. We urge our restaurant members and San Francisco residents to follow these regulations, in order to give us the best chance to keep this reopening permanent, as any additional closures will have drastic economic consequences, including temporary and permanent closures.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the move to this tier today in a press statement,
“Thanks to everyone in our City acting responsibly and doing their part, we can take another step towards reopening and beginning our recovery,” said Mayor Breed.
“This year has been incredibly hard on our residents and small businesses, so every step forward is critical to making sure they can survive this pandemic. To make sure we can keep moving forward, we all need to stay focused and continue to follow the health guidance. We are making good progress managing the virus and ramping up vaccinations, and I’m hopeful for what lies ahead. We have shown that San Francisco can do what needs to be done to protect our city and each other.”
“We are encouraged by the partnership and participation in risk mitigating behavior that San Francisco businesses and patrons have demonstrated, which is what allows the City to take this next necessary step forward. Despite certain unknowns, we are doing this based on the need to sustain our businesses and workers,” said Anne Taupier, Acting Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development “After a year of restricted interactions and depressed business operations and the consequences those have wrought, we must try to move forward. We can support our local businesses and practice preventative health behaviors. We know how to minimize the spread of this virus without requiring our businesses to close and it is up to all of us to do pso.”
According to the San Francisco government 166,723 San Franciscans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far, while at least 69,381 have received the second dose. The estimated population of those over 16 is 764,514 and 22% over the age of 16 have received the first dose and 9% the second.
Nationwide the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is ramping up. President Biden told the Associated Press today that the “US expects enough COVID vaccine for all adult Americans by the end of May, 2 months earlier than anticipated.” With the approval of Johnson and Johnson as a vaccine and other approaching vaccines, the country has entered a new stage of the pandemic.