With San Francisco’s COVID-19 risk level having dropped to “Minimal”/”Yellow” status per the State’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” office spaces that have remained shuttered by the pandemic will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity starting Tuesday, October 27.
Smaller offices with fewer than 20 employees will be allowed to reopen beyond 25% capacity, to the extent that social distancing is able to be maintained. And if San Francisco’s Covid case rates remain stable or continue to improve for at least 30 days, the City will consider further expanding office capacity to 50%.
Indoor climbing gyms will be allowed to open at 25% capacity on the 27th as well; fitness centers will be allowed to increase their indoor capacity to 25%, without cardio or aerobic classes; services provided by estheticians which require the removal of face coverings for a limited amount of time will be allowed to resume; and institutes of higher education will be allowed to increase outdoor class capacity to 25 people, including instructors, and will be able to request an exception to the 2-hour limit on indoor classes.
Indoor pools, bowling alleys and locker rooms are slated for reopening on November 3, at which point the allowable indoor capacities for restaurants, museums, theaters, places of worship and the like are slated to be doubled to 50% capacity, in general, as well.
And if all goes as planned, bars that have been shuttered since March will be allowed to start serving outdoors in mid-November. But there’s still no word on the lifting of restrictions on real estate showings and open houses (or clubs).
As it stands, all real estate related appointments and residential real estate viewings, including for rentals, financings and sales, “must only occur virtually or, if a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same Household and one individual showing the unit (except that in person visits are not allowed when the occupant is present in the Residence).”
UPDATE (10/30): The majority of activities and businesses that were scheduled to reopen or expand their capacity next Tuesday have just been put on hold due to an increase in COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations in San Francisco. That includes the previously slated re-opening of indoor pools, bowling alleys, and locker rooms at fitness centers and an increase in the allowed capacities for indoor dining establishments, movie theaters, places of worship and museums.
But real estate showings and open houses, which had been curtailed, will now be allowed to resume as of Tuesday, November 3, “with social distancing protocols in place.”