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San Francisco’s Museums Can Reopen on Sept. 21st

After a first attempt to reopen in July was postponed, SF tries it again for indoor museums and galleries
By - posted 9/10/2020 No Comment

Mayor London N. Breed, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health, and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, co-Chair of the City’s Economic Recovery Task Force, today announced that indoor museums and galleries may submit health and safety plans the week of September 14th.

They will be able to open as early as September 21st following submission of their plan to the Department of Public Health.

Please note that as of 9/10/20, no museum has actually announced a specific reopening date. We expect many announcements to be made the week of September 14th after the museums submit their plans to the city.

Just keep in mind, timelines can change. For example, museums were supposed to be able to reopen back in July, but that reopening was postponed just days in advance. Plus back in June, indoor dining was originally scheduled to reopen on July 15th and bars in mid-August, but then the timeline changed drastically

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In addition to previously announced businesses and activities planned for mid-September, indoor personal services with limited capacity and indoor gyms with limited capacity will also be opening this coming Monday, September 14th.

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Monday, September 14 – Low Risk Outdoor and Indoor Activities

  • Indoor personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, massage services, tattoo and piercing, with limited capacity
  • Indoor gyms, including one-on-one personal training, at limited capacity
  • Hotels and other lodging, including short-term rentals
  • Places of worship and political activities (one person at a time indoors for individual prayer or campaign office use; up to 50 people outdoors)
  • Outdoor tour buses and open-air boats, with limited capacity
  • Drive-in movies, with limited capacity
  • Outdoor family entertainment, such as mini-golf, batting cages, and go-carts, with limited capacity, (but not amusement park rides and playgrounds at this time)

September 21 – Indoor Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums and TK-6th grade in-person learning

  • Indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums at a limited capacity and with a submitted health and safety plan
  • In-classroom learning: TK-6th grade on rolling basis with approved health and safety plan

GOAL: End of September, Low Risk Indoor Activities

  • Places of worship, with limited capacity (25% of capacity indoors, up to 25 people; up to 50 people outdoors)

GOAL: October, Middle School in-person learning

  • Middle schools, in-person learning, on rolling basis with an approved health and safety plan

GOAL: November, High Schools, additional learning activities

  • High schools, in-person learning, on rolling basis with an approved health and safety plan

GOAL: TBD – “Higher Risk” Activities – Updates Coming Mid-October

The following are considered to be higher-risk activities. Each will be carefully assessed based on the City’s health indicators and the best available science. We will provide an update in mid-October on the progression of these sectors.

Business, all with limited capacity

  • Gyms and fitness centers, indoors with multiple users
  • Movie theaters, indoors
  • Contact recreational sports, outdoors
  • Swimming pools, indoors
  • Dining and bars with food, indoors
  • Bars, wineries, and breweries without food (outdoors and indoors)
  • Convention and event centers
  • Night clubs
  • Performance spaces, indoors (theaters, concert halls, music venues)

Other activities

  • Places of worship, indoors, with increased capacity
  • Playgrounds, outdoors
  • Non-contact recreational sports with shared equipment, indoors