Patrons dine and have drinks outside Hockey Haven in their outdoor seating in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2020.Douglas Zimmerman/SFGATE
Even though San Francisco has at times enforced restrictions stronger than those mandated by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, the city will follow the state in removing all capacity limits and dropping its mask mandate for vaccinated individuals June 15.
Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that the city will fully align with the state plan, which calls for the scrapping of distancing, capacity and mask rules. The state confirmed Wednesday morning it will adopt the CDC’s masking guidance that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks in most settings on June 15.
“I’m excited that the City is coming alive again and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for San Francisco,” Breed said in a statement. “Please continue to do your part make sure that you and everyone you know—friends, families, neighbors—are getting vaccinated so we can finally end this pandemic.”
At the start of May, Breed signaled to SFGATE that San Francisco may not follow the state in fully reopening.
“But to abandon restrictions completely — even if the state heads in that direction it may not be best for San Francisco,” she said at the time. “I’m trying to avoid standing up and telling residents to shelter in place again. We will center our June 15 decision around keeping the public safe.”
Since then, the number of eligible San Francisco residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has crept up to 80%, while cases and hospitalizations have plummeted.
“San Francisco will be fully reopen,” Breed said in a Wednesday tweet.