SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, June 15, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that the city would be transitioning into “Phase 2b” of the city’s step-by-step procedure to reopen following the coronavirus outbreak. Phase 2b will allow “indoor retail and small activities,” according to San Francisco’s government website. San Francisco was one of 11 counties that did not transition into Phase 2.5 of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen the state of California in May.

In a tweet, Breed listed “indoor retail with modifications,” “non-emergency medical appointments,” and “small gatherings (up to 12 people) with face coverings and social distancing” as allowances of Phase 2b.

With regard to indoor retail protocol, staff and customers are required to maintain a distance of six feet from each other at all times. Additionally, stores are required to operate at no more than 50 percent of the usual capacity. Stores located in indoor malls are permitted to reopen if a safety plan by the mall is approved by the Health Officer.

Outdoor gatherings not including food or drink allow up to 12 people to gather. If food and drink are being consumed during the gathering, no more than 6 people from separate households are allowed to attend the gathering. Gatherings should be planned to last two hours or less.

Breed cautioned, “Our success depends on each person doing their part and taking precautions. It’s on us to support local and small businesses that have been significantly impacted. But as we do, let’s all be mindful and follow public health recommendations to stay safe and healthy.”

A news release on Phase 2b has been published on