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Coronavirus impact: San Francisco restaurants may soon allow indoor dining, says Mayor of London Breed

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Friday morning that the city could reopen indoor restaurants as early as the end of this month.

“The thing is, we’re doing well with our numbers. And we want that to continue,” the mayor said during a visit to the Oceanview COVID mobile testing site at 50 Broad Street.

“We want to improve the numbers, and that means we all play our part. And in fact we do, kind of agree, that we expect by the end of this month we’ll be in orange. We ‘ are currently in red. So we are not off the hook. But we expect, based on the numbers, to continue in the direction that they are going, we will be at the orange level. And therefore, we are going to be able to open indoor dining at 25% capacity,” she said.

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The mayor is referring to the state’s color-coded reopening system.

The mayor’s announcement comes as an influential group considers legal action. According to SF Eater, The Salt Partners Group, which includes some large restaurants, is planning to sue to force the city to allow indoor dining.

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The mayor said today she knew restaurants were suffering and many had closed permanently.

“So if we continue on this path, we will have the opportunity to reopen safely. Because COVID hasn’t gone anywhere so far,” Mayor Breed said.

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She stressed the need for consistent testing, calling it essential for the city’s ability to control this virus.

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