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San Francisco Will Likely Be in Yellow Tier Next Week

Museums can reopen at full capacity; bars w/o food can reopen for the first time indoors at 25% capacity
By - posted 4/28/2021 No Comment

Thanks to KRON4 for sharing the news that San Francisco will likely be in the Yellow Tier next week.

UPDATESan Francisco officially enters Yellow Tier with expanded reopenings on May 6

Thanks to the changes to the state’s blueprint for reopening metrics, to reach the Yellow Tier, they’ve adjusted the rate to two COVID cases per 100,000 residents versus the previous threshold of one case per 100,000 residents.

As long as San Francisco follows California’s Yellow Tier guidelines, museums can now be open at 100% capacity. Plus personal care services (hair salons, nail salons, barber shops etc..) can also be open at full capacity.

Additionally, bars who don’t serve food can open indoors at 25% capacity. This will be the first time since the pandemic started that bars have been allowed to open for indoor service.

The new tier will also boost capacity for live performance venues, and up capacity to 50% for movie theaters, gyms and entertainment centers.

What Does the Yellow Tier Mean?

Thanks to KCRA for putting together a great synopsis of what will be allowed in the Yellow Tier (assuming that San Francisco goes along with the state’s guidelines)

  • Indoor seated live events and performances: All venues in-state visitors only with weekly worker testing, digital tickets, pre-designated eating area with six feet of distance, and suites 25% capacity with a max of three households.
    • For venues up to 1,500 people: Max 25% or 300 people. That rises to 50% if all guests are vaccinated or show proof of full vaccination.
    • For venues 1,501 and above: 10% capacity or 2,000 whatever is fewer with modifications and no eating or drinking. That rises to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Hair salons, Nail Salons and barbershops: 100% capacity allowed
  • All retail: 100% capacity allowed
  • Shopping centers: 100% capacity allowed
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: 100% capacity allowed
  • Places of worship: Max 50% capacity.
  • Movie theaters: Max 50% capacity.
  • Hotels and lodging: 100% capacity allowed. Fitness and spa centers 50%.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Max 50% capacity. This includes steam rooms and saunas.
  • Indoor Dining / Restaurants: Max 50% capacity.
  • Bars (where no meal is provided): Open indoors with modifications and max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Wineries, breweries and distilleries: Max 50% capacity or 200 people indoors, whichever is fewer.
  • Family entertainment centers: Indoors max 50% capacity that rises to 75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • Sports and live performances: Max 67%, includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite. In-state visitors only.
  • Amusement parks: Max 35%. Indoor capacity max 25% with time restrictions, weekly worker testing, and in-state visitors only.

See the full list at KCRA or view California’s blueprint

To learn more about SF’s move into the Yellow Tier and what’s allowed, join OEWD for their webinar, “Best Practices for Reopening: Preparing for Yellow Tier” on April 29 at 4:30 pm. It will give you advance notice on the latest, expected rule changes and allowable activities when San Francisco moves to the Yellow Tier under state guidelines.



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