San Francisco rolls back reopening
Officials in San Francisco, one of the country's most successful cities at limiting spread of the coronavirus, said Tuesday they'll roll back reopening efforts amid a 250% increase in COVID-19 cases since Oct. 2.
Mayor London Breed said that, starting at the end of Friday, indoor dining at restaurants — which two weeks ago was scheduled to get expanded to 50% of capacity — would not be permitted at all. In addition, opening of high schools for in-person learning will be paused, though not for elementary and middle schools. And allowed capacity at gyms and movie theaters will be further reduced.
San Francisco's case rate has climbed in the last two weeks from 3.7 per 100,000 residents to 9. By comparison, the U.S. has recorded 33 cases per 100,000 residents in the last week. In New York, the country's densest and most populous city, the figure over the last week is 13 per 100,000.
“The fact is the virus is spreading and we have to make the hard decisions,” Breed said.