San Francisco First in Bay Area Under Yellow Tier, Allows Reopenings of Many Businesses

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San Francisco residents will be the first in the Bay Area to fall under the state’s yellow tier of COVID-19 restrictions, the California Department of Public Health said on Tuesday in their update of tier levels.

The city will begin allowing the reopening of many businesses and establishments under the yellow tier. Officials said the new public health order they implemented will be similar to California’s, although with some changes.

Yellow Tier

Since the beginning of the pandemic, some San Francisco businesses will be able to reopen due to the ease of restrictions. The list includes indoor bars, indoor family entertainment such as roller skating rinks, and libraries but with limited capacity.

For several weeks, Marin County has been on the edge of being considered for the state’s yellow tier. However, Health Director Matt Willis said residents should continue following protocols and expect the improvement of the county’s condition.

“I know some are disappointed by this, but it’s important to remember why we are taking these measures in the first place. It’s to prevent serious illness and death mainly, and we’ve been very successful there. Our hospitalization and death rates are among the lowest they’ve been in a year. All Marin schools are open, public and private. We have high vaccination rates,” said Willis, the San Francisco Gate reported.

Last month, California State Governor Gavin Newsom announced the region plans to fully reopen its economy by June 15 and throw away the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” that provides tier levels to counties. California officials announced the new tier for counties on Tuesday, allowing reopenings as early as Wednesday.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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