SF Working with Gov. Newsom on Eventual Reopening of City

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and CA Governor Gavin Newsom in August 2018
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San Francisco city officials are readying to help businesses re-draw the floor plans to make sure the city is ready for an eventual reopening after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference on Tuesday outlined what the state needs to accomplish in order to do so.

Mayor London Breed told KCBS Radio that the city appreciates Newsom’s leadership and what he’s done to focus on making sure the city starts getting the coronavirus tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) it needs, as it still doesn’t have enough yet.

“We are not unique in this situation, other places throughout this country have challenges with getting access to tests,” Breed said.

Having enough tests is a crucial part of the governor’s plan to how close we are to lifting shelter orders.

Breed added that there is still a lot of work to be done to get spaces in the city, like restaurants and offices, ready before offices open back up.

“We will need to make some adjustments in how we come together for large gatherings, how we come together in businesses, especially in places where we eat,” Breed said. “We wanna make sure that we have safeguards in place, so we’re going to be working with the governor and health experts to implement many of those suggestions.”

She said that while they’re still short of the tests and PPE that the plan dictates, the city has not exceeded hospital capacity.

“So far, the beds and the personnel in hospitals have not been overrun, and we’re really fortunate that has not been the case, and we hope it stays that way,” said Breed. “But we also have to be prepared, we know how quickly this can spike.”

She emphasized that as much as people want to go outside and back to our “normal lives”, it’s important to stay the course and stay home.

“Everything we know has changed, and that’s going to require some adjustments,” Breed said.