San Francisco Entered The Orange Tier Today – Here’s What That Means

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

San Francisco Entered The Orange Tier Today – Here’s What That Means

Restrictions are lifting in both indoor & outdoor spaces including offices, bars, and recreation areas.

Heads up, San Francisco! Yesterday, Mayor London Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that a variety of businesses and activities may resume starting today! 

The orange tier was activated this morning at 8:00am, with safety protocols in place. Be sure to review the City’s updated health directives in order to keep your planned activity safe! Keep in mind that face coverings and social distancing are still necessary in the majority of circumstances, and unvaccinated individuals should still take extra care when deciding to partake in these less restrictive activities.

Indoor activities:

  • Small gatherings in residences (max. 12 individuals across 3 households, with face coverings and ventilation)
  • Non-essential offices (up to 25% capacity)
  • Indoor recreation, gyms, pools, and fitness centers (up to 25% capacity)
  • Most other indoor businesses (expanded to 50% capacity)
    • Dining
    • Movie theaters
    • Religious activities
    • Museums
    • Zoos and aquariums
    • Open air bus and boat tours
    • Retail
    • Personal services and equipment rental

Outdoor activities:

  • Outdoor gatherings (up to 25 individuals)
  • Outdoor gatherings with food or drink (up to 6 individuals from 3 households)
  • Pools (up to 50% capacity)
  • Tournaments for golf, tennis and pickleball
  • Childcare and youth programs (up to 27 individuals including personnel)

Future activities:

  • Beginning April 1: Oudoor arts, theater, music performances, and festivals for audiences of up to 50 people. Outdoor spectator sports and large outdoor entertainment venues to open with guidelines.
  • Beginning June 1: Overnight youth camps

Be sure to read the full statement for details, and review the guidelines from the Department of Public Health before attending your planned activity.

San Francisco’s move to the orange tier is a result of its decline in COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations, and other metrics. 77% of residents over 65 and 40% of the city’s population have received the first dose of the vaccine. The City is now vaccinating anyone over 16 years old with a qualifying underlying health condition, and has the capacity to vaccinate 20,000 people per day.

“The progress that we are making as a City is a testament to our shared sense of commitment to following the health guidelines and to doing what it takes to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Grant Colfax in the statement. “Our collective efforts have saved countless lives, but we are not ready to let our guard down just yet without more vaccine and the ongoing threat of variants that spread rapidly. We need to keep up the good work so that we can continue on this forward trajectory. Wear your masks, practice physical distancing, choose outdoor over indoor activities, get your vaccine when you are eligible and, as some of us head back into our workspaces, remember to get tested if you experience any symptoms and stay home if you are sick. The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter every day; we just have to get more vaccine and buckle down a little longer until we reach the end.”

Have fun in the orange tier and stay safe, San Francisco!


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