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Krescent Carasso
May 4, 2021
SF Bars Can Reopen For Indoor Drinking On Thursday
The city is now in the “yellow tier” - so bars that don’t serve food can reopen indoors at 25% capacity on May 6th.
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On May 4th, San Francisco officially qualified to move into the “yellow tier.” It’s the least restrictive tier in the state’s color-coded reopening plan, indicating “minimal” risk based on the county’s positivity rates and new case numbers. And as vaccination rates continue to rise and Covid cases go down, the city’s full reopening is within sight.

“This is an incredible milestone for us to hit as we move forward on our path to recovery, and it is possible because of how well we are doing in our efforts to vaccinate everyone we can in this city and how well the people of San Francisco have done listening to public health officials,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “The Yellow Tier means that no longer are there any businesses that are required to keep their doors shut in this city, and it means we are continuing to allow more activities to be done safely with more people.”


The move to yellow won’t have too much of an impact on what’s already open. But the biggest change happening this week relates to bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that don’t serve food - they were allowed to open for outdoor drinking about a month ago and, under Yellow Tier rules, will now be able to offer indoor service at 25% capacity (or 100 people, whichever is fewer).

We’ve outlined some other changes you should know about below.


  • Indoor capacity at restaurants will remain at 50%, but the 200-person and three-household limits will be lifted. Parties of eight people per table will now be allowed.

  • Fully vaccinated folks no longer have to wear a mask outdoors (this includes while dining out), in accordance with updated CDC guidelines. It’s important to note that if a certain rule requires a mask (i.e. at large sporting events), masks must be worn.

  • If you’re dining or drinking at an outdoor restaurant or bar, you can keep your mask off for the duration of your visit.

  • Buffets and self-serve food are now allowed for takeout and indoor dining.


The city is in a massive moment of change, and if you’re looking to get back out into the world, we’ve got you covered for every situation possible. Maybe you’re looking for a place where you can ease back into socializing, planning a big night out, or just want to eat some pancakes on a patio. And if you just want to chill at home with takeout, we've got some ideas for that, too.

Have any questions or feelings about all of this? You can reach us at sanfrancisco@thenfatuation.com.

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