Nature

When will workers return to offices in San Francisco? Mayor, business leaders plan to work with employers to get them back


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — As we slowly emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, masks are coming off and other COVID-19 restrictions are disappearing — But will office workers ever fully return to the once-thriving financial district from downtown San Francisco?

“It was very bad, we were afraid to go in, basically a ghost town here,” said Jacques Oskanian.

Jacques Osaknian has owned a stationery store at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco for eight years. He is still waiting for the return of many customers, some of whom are office workers.

“I never thought about closing our business. It’s our bread and butter,” she said.

If you’re on the ABC7 News app, click here to watch live

Now there are encouraging signs like more people on the streets and more commuters in their cars, heading to work.

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a hybrid work model on April 4. Bay Area employees must work three days in the office, the other two from home.

RELATED: Will San Francisco’s Financial District Ever Rebound?

“There’s still a need for face-to-face interaction and creativity, with the expectation that these companies will come back to San Francisco employees on the street and small businesses will benefit,” said Rodney Fong, president. and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

Some workers are in no rush to return. Vic Leung only spends one day in the office.

“I appreciate the connection of people that I miss, it’s a good hybrid for me,” Leung said.

VIDEO: High-tech projection mapping aims to bring people back to San Francisco

The Mayor of London Breed is pushing for more employers to bring workers back to the business district.

Mayor Breed’s office released a statement, saying in part:
“The Mayor has worked with organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and spoken to business leaders about announcing a joint commitment to return to office…We will have more details soon…There are many of support for San Francisco and bringing workers back, although we know things will be different in the future to allow flexibility in the workplace.”

Experts say the office’s weekly attendance is around 25%, with a slow increase.

“Our calculations indicate the buildings are ready and safe, now we need the right mindset. It’s time to get back to the city,” said John Bryant of the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco.

SF Travel reports a 20% increase in Moscone Center bookings since December, with the busiest month expected to be June.

RELATED: Hotels see higher occupancy near Union Square in SF

With more encouraging signs on the way back to normal, Jacques is optimistic.

“I see movement, things are getting better and better,” he said.

VACCINE TRACKER: How is California doing, when you can get a coronavirus vaccine

Having trouble loading the tracker above? Click here to open it in a new window.

RELATED STORIES AND VIDEOS:

  • Is COVID-19 already endemic? ABC7 explains what it means, where we are in the transition
  • Map shows COVID-19 community levels in your area, where masks are recommended indoors
  • UCSF doctor who reviewed CA’s ‘endemic’ plan highlights top priorities
  • Target lifts mask mandate for shoppers and employees
  • Stanford doctor says we ‘can’t go back’ to pre-pandemic life
  • COVID now mostly kills unvaccinated and seemingly healthy middle-aged Americans, data shows
  • Getting vaccinated during pregnancy can protect babies from COVID-19, study finds
  • What to know about rapid home COVID tests
  • Variant COVID: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t deliberately grab omicron to “get it over with”
  • Coronavirus Timeline: Tracking the Major Moments of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • California drops indoor mask mandate: What to know, what’s different in the Bay Area
  • Here’s how to perform a rapid COVID-19 test accurately at home
  • Data tracker: Coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalizations in every Bay Area county
  • Get the latest updates on California ESD, stimulus checks, unemployment benefits

Copyright © 2022 KGO-TV. All rights reserved.



ABC7

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button