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Thursday in San Francisco: Indoor mask mandate lifts next week, Muni warns slow Halloween weekend service and more

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed wearing a face mask.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Sri Ravipati

Good morning and welcome back to Thursday's scoop for San Francisco.

We have a major mask mandate update to start.

San Francisco to lift indoor mask mandate in some situations by Oct. 15

The City and County of San Francisco on Thursday announced a plan to loosen its mask mandate in public indoor spaces on Oct. 15.

San Francisco must keep coronavirus case and hospitalization rates low and at least 80% of the total population must be fully vaccinated by then, according to a set of criteria released by health officers. At that time, people can stop wearing masks in indoor spaces that require proof of vaccination as long as no children under 12 are present and other health orders are followed.

"This is an important step forward, particularly for our downtown, because it will allow offices to have more normal routines and interactions," San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted.

San Francisco's neighbors — San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties along with the City of Berkeley — are considering similar criteria for lifting the indoor masking requirement set in August.

Muni may be delayed around Halloween weekend due to transit workers' COVID-19 vaccination deadline
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A month ago, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency issued a deadline for its workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1. With less than a month left, the SFMTA revealed more than 300 Muni drivers are either unvaccinated or haven’t declared their status, KRON4 reports.

In addition to Muni drivers, parking enforcement officers are also at risk of being removed. If these transit workers don't get vaccinated by the deadline, the SFMTA says service and traffic might be impacted even before then. Halloween weekend coincides with Outside Lands, a Warriors game and possibly two World Series Games, which means there could be a big demand for public transportation at that time.

Bjork is coming to San Francisco in February
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Bjork on Thursday announced that two out of five of her California shows will be happening in San Francisco, The Chronicle's Datebook reports.

The iconic Icelandic singer, songwriter, record producer and actress is introducing her first theatrical production, “Cornucopia.” It will take place Feb. 5 and 8 at Chase Center as part of a limited run of shows that will also take place in Los Angeles. Tickets for the 2022 shows will be available on Ticketmaster from Oct. 15.

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