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SF releases guidelines for visiting people outside household

Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said Friday that despite Covid-19 shelter-in-place it’s clear residents are socially interacting. The City has provided guidance for people who choose to interact with family and friends outside of their household.

Colfax said:

“We recognize that you know it’s been months now, and the shelter-in-place, it’s been a remarkable intervention to reduce the spread of the virus. But let’s be real. We see people engaging and interacting.”

Colfax said that before people decide to interact with others outside of their households, they should assess their health risk by asking:

“Do you have any of the health conditions that puts you at higher risk from COVID-19 and what about the people that you want to see?”

Miles Garnier Parkgoers within socially-distant marked circles are seen at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

People at higher risk from contraction of the virus include those over the age of 60, people with underlying medical conditions and individuals who are immunosuppressant and are taking anti-rejection medication for a transplant.

Colfax said people meeting with others should do in limited numbers and  outdoors where the virus is not as easily transmitted. He also said people should wear face coverings, remain 6 feet apart, avoid use of shared objects and bring hand sanitizer.

Still, Colfax said the best option to slow the spread the of virus is still to stay home as much as possible.

The department as of Friday morning reported a total of 2,698 Covid-19 cases and 43 deaths related to the virus.

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