Excitement builds as SF museums, gyms given OK to open indoors

With San Francisco now in the red tier, restaurants aren't the only locations to open indoors. Museums and gyms are able to open as well.

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JR STONE: This waiting area of San Francisco's de Young museum is empty. Now, come Thursday, it will be a different story, as the area will be open this season ticket holders, then the general public on Saturday.

SHAQUILLE HEATH: Being in person, it's a completely different experience. It's somewhat spiritual. So it's really lovely to be back.

JR STONE: The red tier allows locations like the de Young to open at 25%. The California Academy of Sciences across the street has announced they won't open for another two weeks. The de Young, though, has timely exhibits, with this Calder-Picasso making its US debut, and a Frida Kahlo exhibit here as well. Those at the museum say their location is spacious, properly ventilated, and safe.

SHAQUILLE HEATH: Things are no touch so you don't have to worry about that. Most of the time, people aren't really chatting it up in the galleries. So you don't have to worry about that as well.

JR STONE: San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the city's move into the red tier Tuesday, saying numbers are improving and vaccinations happening.

LONDON BREED: As of today, over 22% of San Franciscans over the age of 16 have been vaccinated.

- I think we're ready.

- It's Awesome. Totally awesome. You know, to finally get out with the family.

JR STONE: San Francisco gyms will now be open for indoor use at 10% capacity. And while that doesn't sound like much, it is for small gym owners like Rory Cox of YuBalance, who says it has been a struggle just paying rent.

RORY COX: You have no idea the pressure and the intense year that we've all been through in the small business community. Any inch in the right direction of being open a little bit more. It's inexplicable how good it feels.

JR STONE: JR Stone, ABC 7 News.