Visitors and residents pack the streets of San Francisco ahead of California reopens – NBC Bay Area
In just two days, California is expected to unmask this pandemic in a big way, as nearly all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and the state reopens.
So what does the anticipation of this past weekend look like?
Sunday, in San Francisco, we already feel very open, especially on Fisherman’s Wharf with a very large segment of the economy of San Francisco which is tourism.
There have been huge queues for ferry cruises to Alcatraz at this terminal and others.
The parking lots were full and money was pouring into the city sidewalk performers’ cans all weekend long.
Across the city of San Francisco this weekend, many people were enjoying the time and freedom of an 80% vaccinated city.
“I have to do a song about San Francisco. You know what I’m talking about, ”Les Edwins said.
Lots to celebrate in the Bay Town, especially on Fisherman’s Wharf where, believe it or not, there were once again really long lines for many of the bigger attractions.
“To be honest, we weren’t really prepared for this this weekend. It’s been busier than we thought, but it’s been fun. It’s a good rebound for sure, ”said Zack Hill of Red & White Fleet.
The red and white fleet sold out on cruises to Alcatraz and filled the rest of its boats with walk-in visitors.
“Most of our people come from Sacramento, Bakersfield, Central Valley Area,” Hill said.
San Francisco’s $ 8 billion annual tourism economy was wiped out in 2020, when the city looked like a ghost town for months.
Now iconic street performers like the Bay City Breakers and Street Vendors are returning to the Embarcadero sidewalks for money because their patrons are there again.
“We feel very comfortable. Everyone is masked anyway, so it feels very safe, ”Bef Flamiano, who was visiting San Francisco from Frisco, Texas.
A predominantly vaccinated public who tells us they are ready to travel especially to see family in a city that is ready to reopen.
“It’s great, since we’ve been apart to finally reunite and have a family experience,” said Carl Hayes of Los Angeles.
Many people who are vaccinated also tell us today that they feel very free from the constraints of the pandemic now that they have their vaccines.
“I think after 2020 and locked in the house for over a year, it’s going to be really good to be outside without a mask,” Belmont’s Wendy Gradek said.
Many of the vaccinated visitors who tell us traveling abroad are next on their post-pandemic plans.
Embarcadero companies also hope to see more international travelers after reopening in two days.