With restrictions on construction projects, residential moves and in-person showings of homes having been eased back at the end of April, at which point some outdoor facilities and businesses were allowed to reopen as well, the tentative plan and dates for the complete economic and social reopening of San Francisco have been drafted.
Expect curbside retail offerings and the re-opening of outdoor attractions, such as the Botanical Gardens and historical sites, to increase over the next couple of weeks. And with a target date of being implemented on June 15, “Phase 2b” of the plan will then allow indoor retail, outdoor dining, religious services, private indoor services (cleaners and cooks), professional sports and tournaments held without spectators and outdoor fitness classes to be held with social distancing protocols in place.
All restaurants and hair (but not nail) salons are slated to be allowed to reopen in “Phase 2c” of the plan, around the middle of July, at which point real estate open houses will be allowed to be held as well (the exact parameters for which have yet to be set in stone).
Gyms, bars, movie theaters, museums, playgrounds, pools, nail salons and the like, along with all schools, are expected to be given the green light to reopen in mid-August (Phase 3).
And depending upon how all the aforementioned phases are handled and received, the final phase of the plan (“Phase 4”) would then remove “all social distancing limits and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 response,” including a new order that now requires everyone over 12 years of age in San Francisco wear a face covering when outside their home and within 30 feet of a non-household member, including when exercising or in a shared office space but with a few exceptions (such as if siting outdoors and at least 6 feet away from non-household members), allowing all hotel and short-term rental operations to recommence; night clubs to reopen; and festivals, concerts and attended sporting events and performances to be held, representing “the full reopening” of San Francisco’s economy around September or October of this year.