Coronavirus: San Francisco to allow retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — San Francisco is easing the city’s coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions by allowing retailers to open for curbside pickup and delivery next week, Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday.

Starting Monday, Breed says she anticipates that most retailers in the city will be allowed to reopen.

She said as long as the stores are not in a shopping mall and people can walk up to the front of the store, they will be allowed to open.

“What this means for our city is incredible. We’re talking about many of those small businesses in various neighborhoods that are closed they will be able to open for pickup,” Breed said.

The city will also allow manufacturing and warehouses to open with a limited number of employees.

“Even though we continue to see in some cases the numbers increase, we do see the numbers flattening, they have not declined but the fact is, we are in a better place,” Breed said.

All businesses will need to follow social distancing, Breed said. She said clear guidelines with more details for businesses will be released this week.

The city, she says is not in a better place, when it comes to the budget.

The mayor says San Franciscans need to prepare for a rough patch that could last a while.

“We’re basically going to be in a situation where we’re going to make really hard financial decisions,” Breed said. 

She says the city is projecting anywhere from a 1.1 to 1.5 billion dollar deficit next fiscal year.

Mayor Breed says the city is already in the hole $250-million during the current budget cycle.

San Mateo County also announced Wednesday that they will allow retailers to open on Monday for curbside pickup and delivery.

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