Mayor Kevin Faulconer urged San Diegans to continue exercising caution to keep local hospital systems from being overwhelmed, said a KPBS report.
The Mayor announced during a press briefing, bars, gyms, hotels, and movie theaters are slated to reopen on Friday.
Faulconer praised San Diegan’s effort to slow the virus’ spread and the essential workers who keep city services running during the pandemic.
“The facts clearly show that San Diegans have helped flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus,” said Faulconer.
The mayor also raised concerns that there could be a potential spike in cases.
“The next steps after this depend not on (the) government. They will depend on each of us,” Faulconer said.
“This next phase of reopening is all about personal responsibility and accountability. Do not take unnecessary risks that could put others in harm’s way,” he added.
As of Thursday, the county marked 8,998 cases and 308 deaths.
“We know more people will get sick, and unfortunately, this disease will claim more lives. But we still have the power over what happens next. Through the actions we take, we can keep these numbers as low as possible,” Faulconer said.