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San Francisco Moves to the Yellow Tier

In alignment with the State’s recommendation, San Francisco is the first Bay Area county to move to the Yellow tier, which is the least restrictive tier in the State’s reopening plan. Now that San Francisco is in the Yellow tier this allows for additional activities to resume once again and allows for increased capacity limits for businesses aiming to reopen.

Here’s what can change for businesses in the Yellow tier:

  • Non-essential offices capacity increases from 25% to 50% (excluding fully vaccinated individuals), indoor breakrooms are allowed up to 50% capacity (including fully vaccinated individuals) with 6 feet of distance is required and outdoor eating with others is now allowed.
  • Gyms can increase capacity from 25% to 50%. They can also reopen saunas, spas, and steam rooms.
  • Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can boost indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever number is fewer.
  • Bars that don’t serve food can reopen indoors at 25% capacity. Group sizes will be limited to eight per table. In the orange tier, they were only allowed to reopen outdoors.
  • Indoor restaurants are no longer required to limit parties to three households. Up to eight diners are allowed per table.
  • Professional sports teams can have more fans at outdoor stadiums. In the Yellow tier, 67% capacity is allowed –that’s compared to 33% in the Orange tier.
  • Live performances like concerts and plays can also increase audience capacity to 67% outdoors. At indoor performance venues, capacity can expand to 50%.
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums no longer have a 50% capacity limit. They still need to follow COVID-19 safety precautions like mandatory face coverings.
  • Family entertainment centers like arcades, ice skating, roller skating, and indoor playgrounds can boost capacity to 50%.
  • Theme parks can increase capacity from 25% to 35%.
  • Cardrooms’ capacity can increase from 25% to 50%.

As San Francisco continues to reopen, many businesses that have been completely remote are able to resume in office operations, with modifications. Before businesses begin to bring back their remote workforce, it is vital that each business have its own specific Covid-19 prevention plan and measures in place to ensure that their unique workplace remains safe. For more information about Covid-19 requirements at the workplace, contact the employer lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.


This material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute legal advice.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.


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