By Sri Ravipati
Happy Humpday, San Francisco.
Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Dec. 22.
San Francisco COVID case rates double over the past five days due to omicron
Case rates in San Francisco doubled over the past five days, almost certainly due to omicron spreading in the Bay Area, Head of the Department of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax said Tuesday.
San Francisco has identified 32 omicron cases so far, but Colfax expects there are many more unreported cases.
The variant also is the likely source of a COVID outbreak in San Francisco's neighboring county, Marin, where more than half of the attendees at a holiday party became infected.
Read more on The Chronicle.
SF restaurant 'boosts' requirement for entry amid omicron
Beginning Dec. 29, Zuni Cafe will start requiring all guests dining indoors to provide proof of receiving a COVID-19 booster, the restaurant announced Wednesday.
Zuni Cafe said the requirement aims to protect the health of its staff from the highly contagious omicron variant.
Therefore, the popular bistro business is asking for one form of the following vaccination documentation, with an accompanying photo ID for patrons looking to dine in:
•A scannable digital vaccination card
•A photograph of the original vaccination card
•The original vaccination card
Patrons who are not eligible to get the booster yet will be allowed entry if they can show proof of that fact.
Read Zuni Cafe's Instagram post below for further information.
San Francisco goes full steam ahead on housing mega-projects in 2022
San Francisco will be breaking ground on a slew of housing "mega-projects" and major developments in the coming new year, The Chronicle reports.
Construction has already commenced at the following sites:
- Treasure Island, at Mission Rock
- Pier 70
- Potrero Power Station
At least 1,300 new units will be completed in these mega-projects by the end of 2022, with many thousands more to follow, according to The Chronicle.
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