An aggressive Covid response
San Francisco led the country in its strict response to the pandemic, setting the nation’s first shelter-in-place order back in March 2020. The shutdowns and regulations continued for most of the year, and while not easy on the city’s businesses, they have been successful in keeping the crisis more under control than elsewhere (SF was one of only a few major cities that never ran out of hospital beds). Once vaccines became available, San Francisco got shots in arms through one of the largest mass vaccination sites in the country and community-based outreach, resulting in one of the highest vaccination rates in the USA – 80 percent of residents are now fully inoculated. The city also requires people to show proof of vaccination before entering indoor businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms – it's strict, but effective.