The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal that would lift some of the restrictions on bars and restaurants that have been in place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proposal, which was introduced by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, would allow bars and restaurants to operate at full capacity, without requiring customers to wear masks or show proof of vaccination. It would also allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol until 2 a.m., instead of the current 11 p.m. closing time.
The proposal has been met with mixed reactions. Some business owners have welcomed the news, saying that it would allow them to fully reopen and recover from the financial losses they have suffered during the pandemic. Others have expressed concern about the potential for increased COVID-19 transmission, particularly among young people who are more likely to frequent bars and restaurants.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the proposal next week.
Supporters of the proposal argue that it is time to lift the restrictions and allow businesses to operate normally. They point to the fact that the city’s COVID-19 case numbers have been declining for months, and that the risk of transmission is low for people who are vaccinated.
Opponents of the proposal argue that it is too soon to lift the restrictions. They point to the fact that the omicron variant is still circulating, and that there is a risk of a new surge in cases. They also worry that lifting the restrictions will lead to increased drinking and partying, which could lead to more alcohol-related problems.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the proposal next week. It is unclear whether the proposal will pass, but it is a sign that the city is considering easing some of the restrictions that have been in place for the past two years.