SF Indoor Dining, Museums & Movie Theaters Can Open Wednesday

Posted By on March 3, 2021

With SF officially entering the state’s “Red Tier” many reopenings can begin on March 3rd.

San Francisco enters red COVID tier, indoor dining to resume – The San  Francisco Examiner

The state of California has officially moved San Francisco, Napa and Santa Clara County into the red tier which means that indoor dining, movie theaters and indoor museums can all reopen.

These counties join San Mateo and Marin counties that moved into the red tier last week.

Mayor London Breed says that businesses can reopen starting 8am on Wednesday, March 3rd

She also mentioned that trends indicate that in a few weeks we will ‘most likely’ be in the orange tier.

Please note the state of California has not yet updated its covid dashboard and data pages, but every major news organizations is reporting the move to the red tier

This is an evolving news story with more details and updates coming soon.

Major Red Tier Updates – Starting March 3, 2021

  • Indoor Dining – 10pm curfew / limited to 4 people + one household per table
  • Outdoor Dining – No more 10pm curfew
  • Indoor Museums – 25% capacity
  • Movie Theaters – 25% capacity

Other updates from Mayor Breed

  • F Line streetcar service will resume in May serving
  • Cable Cars are returning “this year” at a date to be determined

Complete Red Tier Updates

  • Hair salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Retail: open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Malls: open indoors at 50% capacity and limited food courts
  • Nail salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Personal care services (body waxing, etc.): open indoor with modifications
  • Tattooing and piercing: open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Places of worship: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Movie theaters: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Hotels: open with modifications, plus fitness centers can open at 10% capacity
  • Gyms: open indoors at 10% capacity
  • Restaurants: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Wineries: outdoor only
  • Bars and breweries: closed unless they have a bonafide food program
  • Family entertainment centers: outdoor only, like mini golf, batting cages and go-kart racing
  • Professional sports: no live audiences
  • Schools: can reopen for in-person instruction after two weeks out of the purple tier
  • Theme parks: must stay closed

What Happens When SF Enters Orange Tier?
San Francisco is also very close to the “orange” tier which would allow further reopenings. When SF enters the Orange tier, the state will allow bars (who don’t provide meals) to open outdoors, major sports allowed outdoors with 20% capacity restriction and indoor museums, indoor dining and movie theaters will be allowed to expand to 50% capacity. See guidance by “tier”

In order to “advance” a tier, a county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks. And counties can always opt to be more restrictive than the state allows as happened multiple times with San Francisco during the past year.

Stay safe!


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