SF's Reopening 'Pause' Stays In Place, But Zoo Given Green Light

California will begin allowing the reopening of schools, day camps, bars, gyms and some professional sports with modifications at the end of next week.
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Mayor London Breed announced Friday that San Francisco's "pause" on coronavirus-related business reopenings that began last month will continue until surging COVID-19 figures improve and the spread of the virus is again brought under control.

However, this coming Monday, the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens will be allowed to reopen with approved safety plans.

In addition, shoppers in the city will be able to resume using reusable bags, and boat and fishing expeditions will have additional guidelines for how to do those activities safely, with up to 12 people. Personal services like haircuts, massages, tattoos and body piercing, manicures and pedicures will be the next groups of businesses considered for reopening, but only those services where both clients and providers can be masked at all times.

"COVID-19 is still too prevalent in our community, and we need to be vigilant and take all the precautions that are proven to slow the spread," Mayor Breed said in a news release Friday afternoon. "Unfortunately, reopening businesses that will encourage gathering and interacting with people outside of your own household is not the safe thing to do right now. I know people want to continue reopening, but in order for that to happen we need to once again flatten the curve so that we’re able to do so."

The mayor herself was exposed to a coronavirus-positive individual at a news conference earlier this week, but has since tested negative for the virus.

The city's Department of Public Health will continue to monitor the Key Health Indicators for trends and will provide an update next Wednesday on any further reopening plans.

On July 13th, the @sfzoo will be allowed to reopen with approved safety plans, shoppers will be able to resume using reusable bags, and boat and fishing expeditions will have additional guidelines for how to do those activities safely, with up to 12 people. https://t.co/JaXMpyGKwK

— San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (@SF_emergency) July 10, 2020