Outdoor Services Can Open In SF On Sept. 1

Gyms, nail salons and hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen in San Francisco on Tuesday.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Friday morning that more categories of businesses will be able to reopen for outdoor services only next month.

Personal services such as haircuts, massages and nail salons can open starting Sept. 1. Only services where both client and employee can remain masked at all times will be allowed to open. Outdoor gyms and fitness centers can reopen one week later on Sept. 9.

 “All businesses in San Francisco are struggling, and while many have been able to reopen with modifications in place, providers of personal services like hair salons, barber shops and massage establishments have remained shuttered. This has created a huge financial challenge for their owners and employees, and I am so glad that those businesses will soon be able to reopen for outdoor service,” said Mayor Breed.

The city says it will expand the Shared Spaces program to help businesses find suitable outdoor space to operate in. The program allows businesses to use sidewalks, streets or other public spaces.

Mayor Breed and Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax also announced that once the county is given the go ahead from state officials, the city will prioritize reopening classrooms and childhood development services.

At least 53 schools have applied for waivers to reopen for in-classroom learning. Currently, only elementary schools are eligible for waivers from the county’s health department.

“Our priority is moving forward with an incremental phased approach that helps us avert large outbreaks, avoids overwhelming our healthcare system and lessens the possibility of more severe damage to our economy,” said Dr. Colfax on the gap between the reopening of personal care services and gyms.

Gov. Newsom announced Friday that the state is moving away from the county-by-county attestation model and into a four-tiered approach evaluating the spread of the coronavirus based mainly on case counts and local test positivity rate.

According to the new model, San Francisco is rated red or a "substantial" rate of spread, although it is not immediately clear how the new model will impact the county's plan to reopen schools.

Mayor Breed said a further update is expected next week.