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SF Opens Hair Salons, Museums & Outdoor Bars on June 29th

Originally scheduled to reopen mid-July (or later) SF seeks state approval for more earlier openings
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San Francisco Announces Next Phase of Reopening to Begin on June 29

Monday, June 22, 2020

Additional businesses and activities that will open include hair salons, barbers, museums, zoos, and outdoor bars, as long as the State approves San Francisco’s request for a variance and health indicators remain stable

Mayor London N. Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax today announced the next phase of the City’s reopening will begin on Monday, June 29.

UPDATE – Due to rising COVID-19 rates, the city has paused this stage of reopening as of 6/26/20. Read More.

Some businesses and activities originally planned to open in mid-July or later will be allowed to open, including hair salons, barbers, museums, zoos, tattoo parlors, massage establishments, nail salons and outdoor bars.

Once the City’s request for a variance from the California Department of Public Health is approved, and as long as San Francisco continues meetings several key health indicators, the City will allow these businesses and social activities to resume with required safety protocols in place.

Read the full press release

On Tuesday, June 16, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a motion allowing for the Department of Public Health (DPH) to seek a variance from the state, which would allow local control to open more businesses ahead of the state’s current phasing. The Department of Public Health has submitted the request for a variance and is waiting for approval from the state.

The public’s continued partnership and cooperation with face coverings and other health precautions such as social distancing, frequent handwashing, staying home if sick, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces are essential to continue reopening.

San Francisco’s Stay Home Health Order remains in effect and is gradually being amended to allow for a safer reopening. On Monday, June 15, the City entered into Phase 2B of its local reopening plan. San Francisco entered Phase 2A of the reopening plan on June 1, 2020 and on June 12, 2020 allowed outdoor dining with safety protocols to begin. In conjunction with outdoor dining, the City is offering free permits for businesses to occupy the sidewalk and other public property to operate their business through the Shared Spaces program.

What Can Open June 29th if State Allows

If the State approves the City’s variance request and San Francisco continues meeting several key health indicators, the Health Officer will issue an amendment to the Stay Home Health Order, allowing additional businesses and activities to resume. Once issued, that amendment will allow the following activities and businesses to resume on June 29:

  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Nail salons
  • Tattoo salons
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Outdoor bars
  • Outdoor swimming

San Francisco’s reopening plan is based on a San Francisco-specific risk model to control the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. The plan is also informed by the work of the San Francisco COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force and the Department of Public Health monitoring of the virus.

As the City reopens with a focus on safety and equity, DPH will continue to track the impact of the virus on the community and health system to inform public policy. As people start to move about the City more and increase activities, San Francisco will likely experience increases in cases and hospitalizations. The City will also address the disparities already identified for low-wage workers, people who must leave home to work, and workers who live in crowded conditions as San Francisco continues to reopen.

San Francisco’s health indicators are an important tool to monitor the level of COVID-19 in the community and the ability of our health care system to meet the needs of residents. The Health Indicators monitor cases, hospital system, testing, contact tracing and personal protective equipment. The Health Indicators are not an on/off switch for the reopening, but instead measure the pandemic in San Francisco and the City’s ability to manage it. They are posted on the San Francisco COVID-19 Data Tracker so that San Franciscans can stay informed.