For public health leaders and community advocates across the Bay Area, California’s new health equity metric, which aims to tackle coronavirus disparities in communities of color, is a forward-thinking plan that will aid those hardest hit by the virus.
But for business owners like Danielle Rabkin, the metric is a potential new roadblock in a year full of them. Rabkin’s business is on the brink of closure. After months of uncertainty and evaporating revenue, she was allowed to reopen her San Francisco gym, CrossFit Golden Gate in September, at limited indoor capacity.
A few weeks later, the state came out with the new health equity metric rule, adding another layer in determining when counties may advance reopening and roll back shelter-in-place restrictions, according to the state’s color-coded, tiered system for assessment.
San Francisco County didn’t meet the equity metric required for advancement to a less-restrictive tier last week, the state’s