San Francisco implements new COVID-19 restrictions amid surge

San Francisco implements new COVID-19 restrictions amid surge

San Francisco’s rise in COVID-19 cases has forced the city to close gyms, movie theaters and other indoor attractions for three weeks, Mayor London Breed said.

Breed said Saturday that new cases put the city in California’s most restrictive “purple tier,” which will require indoor activity spaces including fitness centers, museums and aquariums to close from Sunday to Dec. 21.

“This is the most aggressive surge [San Francisco] has seen to date,” she wrote on Twitter. “We’re currently averaging 118 new cases per day compared to 73 per day in the first week of November.”

Starting Sunday at noon, retail stores, such as shopping centers, must reduce indoor capacity to 25 percent, Breed said. This doesn’t apply to grocery stores, which are permitted to continue to operate at 50 percent.

Outdoor attractions, including carousels and Ferris wheels, will also be forced to close for the three-week period, Breed said.

Religious services held indoors will be prohibited — with the exception of funerals, which can be held with up to 12 people, she said.

Breed said San Francisco will also be adopting California’s limited stay-at-home-order which prohibits different households from gathering indoors and outdoors between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Monday until Dec. 21.

“I don’t know how to be more clear–this is the most dangerous time we’ve faced during this pandemic. Do not travel or gather with others,” Breed wrote on Twitter.