The economic record has been grim, with apartment and office rents plummeting as downtown restaurants that once fed crowds of office workers and hungry lunchtime tourists struggled.
The city’s iconic cable cars have been out of service for a year and there is no deadline for their return. The mayor, in her state of the city address to residents this year, promised San Francisco would come back bigger and better and fired those who say the city has lost its shine.
San Francisco, a city and county of about 900,000 people before the pandemic, has one of the lowest case and death rates in the country. It reported 34,000 new cases of coronavirus and 422 deaths on Tuesday.
Most of California’s 58 counties remain in the state’s tiniest purple level of a four-level color-coding system, although San Francisco and several other counties are expected to move to the less restrictive red level on Tuesday.
“Remember, six weeks ago we reported over 50,000 cases,” Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday. “So things are moving in the right direction, things seem to be stabilizing.”
For red-level counties, indoor restaurant dining rooms and cinemas can reopen at 25% capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is less. Gyms, dance and yoga studios can open at 10% capacity. Museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoor activities at 25% of their capacity.
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