San Francisco officials are seeking state approval to accelerate the opening of some businesses in the city, such as bars, hairdressers and nail salons, next week, the mayor of London Breed announced on Monday.
The city sent a request to the state to move on to the next phase of the opening on June 29, rather than mid-July, as previously planned, Breed said. She added that if the state approves the request, it will open zoos, outdoor pools, street bars, hairdressers, hairdressers, tattoo parlors, nail salons and museums next week.
According to Brid, key health indicators that track the city’s progress in fighting the virus, such as the number of hospital admissions and new cases, must remain stable so that the city fulfills the plan.
“Thanks to the efforts of the San Franciscans to follow health requirements, wear face masks and practice social distance, our COVID-19 health indicators are in good condition, and we can continue to open our city,” Brida said in a statement. “We know that many companies and residents are experiencing financial difficulties, and this next step will help bring more San Franciscans back to work, while maintaining a balance of security.”
Breed’s office said the decision to allow more businesses to resume work was due to the city’s success in shock health indicatorsFive health indicators are: the capacity of the local hospital, the number of new cases per day, testing options, the ability to track contacts and the availability of personal protective equipment.
As for the hospital system, in San Francisco, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations was reduced by 5%, depending on the city and county, and the required number of beds in ICUs remained available. Over the past seven days, 2.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded daily in San Francisco on average, putting officials on a “low alert” basis. The city is fulfilling its task of testing potential, and over the past two weeks, 87% of infections have been identified to track contacts.
The announcement came in connection with an increase in the total number of cases in the state of California. According to a report from the California Department of Health, the state reported more than 178,000 confirmed cases, but almost half of them are concentrated in Los Angeles County. San Francisco reported only 3,000 confirmed cases, according to the state.
“We are grateful to the Governor for recognizing that gradual discovery depends on local conditions and health outcomes in each community,” said Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Public Health, San Francisco, in a statement.
He added that local health officials expect the number of cases to increase as new businesses open and restrictions are removed.
“In order for this growth to be manageable and to support our commitment to protecting people most vulnerable to the virus, everyone in San Francisco must continue to take precautions that save lives,” he said.
San Francisco began authorizing car returns in stores and outdoors on May 17. Last week, outdoor dining and retail facilities were allowed to resume work with some modifications. San Francisco’s order to stay home remains valid, but amendments are gradually being made to expand operations as enterprises open.
San Francisco officials plan to move on to the next phase of the opening on July 13, when officials are allowed to resume open canteens and real estate.
San Francisco Bay officials were among the first in the country to order their stay at home on March 16, when there were only 40 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city. Across California, there were 470 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the time, according to Johns Hopkins University.
– CNBC Noah Higgins Dunn contributed to this report.