The reopening of indoor dining restaurants and outdoor bars, originally scheduled for July 13, will be delayed, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced at a press conference Tuesday.
"It was really hard to make that decision to put a pause on reopening," Breed said. "We will not be able to allow restaurants to operate indoors as we had planned, nor will we be able to allow bars to open outdoors. We have no choice."
San Francisco has seen a 25% increase in Covid-19 cases over the past week and reported at least 4,020 total cases in the city today.
Breed said if health officials see the number of cases stabilize or decline in any way, they will reconsider the closures and begin the process of determining what businesses can open.
San Francisco's health officials are also currently evaluating other businesses that had been proposed to reopen between June 29 and July 13, including hair salons, barber shops, indoor museums, outdoor pools, gyms, real estate open houses by appointment, and zoos, as part of their phase 2C reopening.
An update on the status of reopening these businesses will be provided by the end of the week, officials said.
"We’ll continue to make decisions based on the data and the situation in our city, and in the meantime, we all need to do our part to keep each other safe and healthy," Breed said in a statement. "That means wearing face coverings, keeping your distance from others, and getting tested."