San Francisco, Marin Hit The Pause Button On Reopening

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
June 26, 2020 - 12:30 pm

    San Francisco and Marin are postponing or pausing plans for further business reopening as coronavirus cases surge in the Bay Area and statewide.

    In San Francisco, the city had planned to reopen hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, outdoor bars, outdoor swimming pools, museums and zoos on Monday with safety restrictions. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Friday morning that reopening will be pushed back.

    The mayor made the announcement during a visit to SF General Hospital.

    "We’ve gotten a little too comfortable," Mayor Breed said. "And the fact that we’ve seen over 100 cases overnight completely changes our plans for reopening so we’ve got to put a pause on it...it definitely shocked us and changed our status."

    The city recorded 103 new cases on Thursday. When the city reopened outdoor dining and indoor retail on June 15, there were 20 new cases.

    Mayor Breed said at this time there is no timetable for when those businesses will be allowed to reopen.

    "This is hard. This is hard because we’re talking about not just public health, we’re talking about people’s livelihoods, especially because this category of businesses does not have an alternative way to make revenue," Breed said.

    The surprising announcement came on the heels of Florida and Texas shutting down bars once again.

    "San Francisco is not the only major city impacted," Breed said. "Other major cities all over the country are experiencing the same thing, we’ve just been doing a lot better than most."

    Mayor Breed hoped slowing down reopening and individual responsibility will slow transmission enough that the city does not have to roll back openings that have already happened.

    "At our current rate, the number could double rapidly. If that continues and we don't intervene, we'll be at such a high number that our only option would be to shut down," the mayor said on Twitter. "This is why it is important to follow protective health measures and utilize the tools we already have."

    Mayor Breed thanked the healthcare workers present for their hard work, but warned them that the fight is not yet over.

    Late Friday, officials in Marin County announced a "pause" on certain businesses as cases there take an uptick.

    Indoor dining and hair salons are among businesses allowed to reopen as scheduled June 29.

    However, reopenings that have been temporarily "paused" include hotels, gyms and fitness studios.