Officials expect San Francisco to be the next city in the Bay Area county to move into the red tier of California’s coronavirus tier system, which would begin allowing restaurants to serve people dining indoors.

New rules for the lifting of the ban are being discussed as city officials give restaurants ample time to prepare. Businesses would be required to close indoor dining by 10:00 p.m. and only up to a maximum of four people from the same family seated at one table. On the other hand, outdoor dining is allowed past 10:00 p.m., and up to three families could sit together.

Indoor Dining

Restaurants welcome the news but reassured the public they would take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their guests. “Make sure when we do open for indoor dining everything is safe for staff and customers definitely not gonna rush into it, but we are excited that’s the direction things are headed,” NOVY restaurant’s Zoe Frankel said.

Instead of teaching businesses about the city’s health order, city officials said inspectors would not begin citing owners if they violate the law. Authorities urge residents to continue being aware of the threat of the virus to continue the reopening process.

“We are anxious to welcome people back in, but we want to keep everyone safe and not go backward,” Patxi’s Pizza’s Michael Trent said, NBC Bay Area reported.

On Thursday, an announcement is expected to be made about the movement of San Francisco into the red tier.