San Francisco Moves To New Phase In Reopening, Cautiously

A new phase of reopening has been announced in San Francisco.

This one comes with some words of warning.

"The biggest question is when," Mayor London Breed said Tuesday. "’When can I open my store? When can my kid go back to school? When can I do this? When can I do that?’ I understand the desire. I have those same desires and the only way we are going to get to that place is if we all do our part."

Beginning Tuesday, hair salons, nail salons and massages can resume operations outside. Outdoor pools can also reopen right away, along with shopping malls that only allow limited capacity. Next week, gyms and fitness centers are allowed to open again.

By mid-September, hotels, museums, zoos, outdoor movie theaters, places of worship for individual prayer and churches for up to 50 people can reopen.

Also by mid-month, community learning hubs and K-6 schools with safety waivers can operate, though San Francisco's schools will open according to ages and transmission rates. 

It’s thought middle schools and non-waiver K-6 schools can start up in-person learning by the middle of October. High school students, however, transmit the coronavirus similar to adults, so the city "is being more cautious."

See the full text of the city’s latest health order here.