San Francisco says you can actually fight in the bars this weekend
San Francisco is still in the least restrictive yellow level, and it’s starting to feel like there’s nothing more to do than just expect for California to reopen completely on June 15 to experience full freedom. But as we have seen in the past, officials may decide to broaden the rules slightly at a certain level. Health director Dr Grant Colfax and health worker Dr Susan Philip announced yesterday, May 20, that they were relaxing the rules on standing in bars – to do things like placing an order with a real bartender at the bar – which is great news before the weekend.
Diners no longer need to be seated to consume food and drink in restaurants and bars, so it is normal to stand around a bar, counter or high table. And although diners still need to be spaced from other diners, they don’t need to be spaced from staff behind the bar, so it’s okay to sit or stand directly in front of a bartender, or even a sushi chef at an omakase counter. . It is also acceptable to have a drink around a pool table or an arcade game, as long as the groups are limited to eight people and there is six feet of distance between the groups.
In short: if you want to go for a drink in a bar this weekend, you are not confined to your seat, you have the right to get up and even put your stomach in front of said bar. But you still can’t walk around and have conversations with random groups of people, so don’t start walking around the dive bars just yet. San Francisco is also relaxing the rules for outdoor sites, including verification requirements for proof of vaccination, along with a few other details, all of which can be viewed. on the city’s website.
San Francisco entered the yellow level on May 6, when it was the first Bay Area county to reach this least restrictive level; it has since been joined by the counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara. The yellow level finally reopened the bars for indoor drinking at 25% capacity, and the SF bars shared the excitement and relief. And now, they will surely appreciate a little more flexibility – letting people stand is one small step towards their original style of service.
And while it’s not a big level change, it’s heartwarming to get a new batch of stats: San Francisco now averages less than 18 COVID cases per day, the lowest since the crisis hit. in March 2020. And 76% of all eligible San. The Franciscans are now vaccinated. We run every other city in the country and most of the world.
“I am delighted to say that we are in the phase of our reopening,” Dr Philip said in the statement. “I want to commend the San Franciscans for their commitment to follow public health guidelines. Our due diligence meant that we had the lowest death rate for a city of our density in the country. We can now reap the rewards of our efforts with further easing of our health restrictions. We have every reason to be optimistic that we will stay on track for a more complete reopening on June 15. In the meantime, keep up the good work and get vaccinated. “