The past few months looked promising for restaurant and bar owners in San Francisco after omicron cases dropped earlier in the year. When the proof-of-vaccination rule ended, the sight of more diners in SF neighborhoods seemed to resemble pre-pandemic levels. But with the upsurge in COVID cases, experts remain cautious and say it will be some time before local restaurants get back on track.
Ted Egan, chief economist at the San Francisco Comptroller’s Office, doesn’t know when the city’s restaurants can expect a full recovery. He estimates it will be over a year, as the food industry has been among the hardest hit sectors during the pandemic.