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San Francisco announces new licensing process for outdoor entertainment – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Businesses in San Francisco will soon be able to host outdoor concerts and live entertainment thanks to a new permitting process, as the city continues to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions. , city officials said Friday.

The “Just Add Music” permit issued by the city’s entertainment commission allows businesses and others to create more lively atmospheres with music and entertainment – in a safe way.

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Previously, businesses that wanted to provide outdoor entertainment or amplified sound had to either apply for $100 one-day permits, which were limited to 12 days a year, or apply for a months-long permitting process that could require a hearing with the entertainment commission. .

“This scheme will provide much needed relief to businesses looking for ways to safely deliver outdoor entertainment and music and survive the economic challenges of COVID19, the Mayor of London Breed said in a statement. “San Francisco is a world-class entertainment city and we’re blessed with a diverse entertainment and nightlife culture – we can’t let COVID take that away from us.”

According to Breed, the JAM permit comes as the city’s bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues face closure, as a date for reopening these types of businesses has yet to be determined.

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“Arts and entertainment will be the primary driver of San Francisco’s economic and cultural recovery, and not just a part of it,” Entertainment Commission Chairman Ben Bleiman said.

Permits are a crucial step for the survival of venues, artists and performers, Bleiman said.

Businesses that have already been approved for the Shared Spaces program, which allows certain businesses to operate in public spaces, can apply for the new permit. In addition, outdoor gymnasiums; shops in parking lots, rooftops and patios; car rallies; and farmers markets may also apply.

Although live music is permitted, according to city guidelines, performers will not be able to sing, shout, or play wind or brass instruments as this type of activity increases the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19 , according to city officials. More information can be found at

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