San Francisco mayor London Breed told residents there is little time left to get COVID-19 cases under control before we could see another large outbreak. Betty Yu reports. (7-17-20)
KEN BASTIDA: Well, growing uncertainty and desperation tonight for many workers and business owners in San Francisco. KPIX 5's Betty Yu joins us live now with the reopening reversal. Here we go again, Betty.
BETTY YU: That's right, Ken. And as of today, San Francisco is one of 30-plus counties on the state's watch list. Mayor London Breed said the reason for this reopening reversal is the rising number of cases of COVID-19.
Come Monday, the Sakura Sakura boutique inside the Japan Center in Japantown will be closed yet again. Under the city's new measures, indoor malls and nonessential offices must shut down.
STEPHEN JORDAN: We are a store. Our income is from a store we don't have other things going on, and that's our lifeblood. So when that's not happening, it has a heavy domino effect.
BETTY YU: News of the closure did not surprise shop owner Stephen Jordan.
STEPHEN JORDAN: But there's still those that are walking around that just feel like they don't need it. And I think it's a basic understanding is that you're protecting people from yourself.
BETTY YU: Today, Mayor London Breed urged residents to avoid social gatherings outside of their immediate household and to wear masks. The most recent data shows that the average age of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 has been 41-years-old.
LONDON BREED: What we know from our contact tracing tram is a large part of the new virus spread we're seeing is coming from people who are having gatherings with others outside of their household.
BETTY YU: The new closures are happening as California's economy had begun to bounce back from a modest May. The state added more than a half million new jobs in June. Adding to the instability, the extra $600 per week boost to unemployment benefits helping millions of Americans expires next week.
KYLE TARZON: I would say I'm concerned because, I mean, once that's over I won't really have any more income. So I'll have to, you know, start budgeting really closely.
NICK PARKER: I've been just kind of saving my money so when I go back to school I don't really have to work. But, yeah, for other people it definitely impacts them a lot.
BETTY YU: Mayor said that if we do not flatten this curve she will be forced to close other businesses and activities. Live in San Francisco, Betty Yu, KPIX 5.