San Francisco desires OK to resume hair salons, outside bars ahead of schedule

San Francisco wants OK to reopen barbershops, outdoor bars ahead of schedule

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An employee using a protective mask cleans up a table in front of a pizza dining establishment in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, June 15, 2020.

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San Francisco authorities are looking for state approval to speed up the city’s resuming of some services such as bars, hair salons and nail hair salons as quickly as next week, Mayor London Breed revealed Monday.

The city has actually sent out a demand to the state to move into its next stage of resuming on June 29, instead of mid-July as was formerly set up, Breed stated. She included that if the state authorizes the demand, that will enable zoos, outside pool, outside bars, beauty parlor, hair salons, tattoo parlors, nail hair salons and museums to resume next week.

Key health indications that track the city’s development in combating the infection such as the variety of hospitalizations and brand-new cases need to stay steady for the city to follow through with the strategy, Breed stated.

“Thanks to San Franciscans’ efforts to follow health requirements, wear face coverings, and practice social distancing, our COVID-19 health indicators are in a good place and we can continue reopening our city,” Breed stated in a declaration. “We know a lot of businesses and residents are struggling financially, and this next step will help get more San Franciscans back to work while still balancing safety.”

Breed’s workplace stated the choice to enable more services to resume is driven by the city’s success in striking health indications. The 5 health indications are: regional healthcare facility capability, the variety of everyday brand-new cases, screening capability, capability to carry out contact tracing and the supply of individual protective devices.

As far as the healthcare facility system goes, San Francisco saw a 5% decrease in Covid-19 hospitalizations, according to the city and county, and the required quantity of ICU beds stay readily available. San Francisco has actually seen 2.5 brand-new cases per 100,000 locals every day usually over the previous 7 days, which puts authorities on “low alert.” The city is fulfilling its target for screening capability and 87% of infections have actually been grabbed contact tracing over the previous 2 weeks. 

The statement comes as general statewide cases in California are on the increase. The state has actually reported more than 178,000 validated cases, according to the California Department of Public Health, however almost half of those cases are focused in Los Angeles County. San Francisco has actually reported simply 3,000 validated cases, according to the state.

“We appreciate the Governor’s recognition that gradual reopening depends on local circumstances and the health indicators in each community,” Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, stated in a declaration.

He included that regional health authorities anticipate cases to increase as more services resume and limitations are raised.

“To keep that increase manageable and sustain our commitment to protecting the people most vulnerable to the virus, everyone in San Francisco must continue to take the precautions that save lives,” he stated.

San Francisco started to enable curbside pick-up at shops and outside services to resume on May 17. Last week, outside dining and indoor retail were permitted to resume operations with some adjustments. San Francisco’s stay-at-home order stays in impact, however is being gradually changed to permit more activities as services are permitted to resume.

San Francisco authorities anticipate to move into the next stage of resuming on July 13, when authorities will permit indoor dining and realty open homes to resume. 

San Francisco Bay location authorities were amongst the very first in the nation to release a stay-at-home order on March 16, when the city had just 40 validated cases of Covid-19. Across all of California, there were 470 validated cases of Covid-19 at the time, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

— CNBC’s Noah Higgins-Dunn added to this report.

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