SF flea markets, car washes, skate parks, golf courses, construction sites to reopen next week

Photos: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline
By Teresa Hammerl - Published on April 29, 2020.

On Monday, public health officials announced the extension of shelter-in-place orders in six Bay Area counties, including San Francisco, until the end of May.

Details announced today reveal that the new order, which goes into effect this Sunday at 11:59 p.m., will allow some lower-risk outdoor activities to resume, while mass gatherings are still months away from resuming.

"This is really great that we are at this point," Mayor London Breed said at today's press conference. "But I want to be clear that we still have a long way to go."

All construction will be allowed to resume next week as long as safety measures including social distancing are in place. Businesses that operate primarily outdoors, such as plant nurseries, car washes, and flea markets, may reopen as well. Any employee of a business allowed to operate under the order can also access childcare programs currently available to children of first responders and essential workers.

Some outdoor recreational facilities, like skate parks and golf courses, will be allowed to resume operations. Examples of permitted outdoor activities also include sunbathing, hiking, golf, skateboarding, and fishing.

"The new order allows us to carefully monitor our progress while building the essential public health infrastructure that will support our gradual reopening and make recovery possible," Dr. Tomás Aragón, health officer for San Francisco said in a statement.

"For this next phase to be successful, it is essential that all San Franciscans and Bay Area residents continue to stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing, wear face coverings when around other people, wash hands frequently, and stay vigilant in fighting the spread of the coronavirus," Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the SF Department of Public Health, said in the statement.

Use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment, or that encourage gathering like playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, spas, and barbecue areas, is still prohibited.

As health officers evaluate when and how to loosen restrictions in the coming weeks and months, the key indicators that San Francisco and its regional partners will watch include whether the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is flat or decreasing, whether there is sufficient hospital capacity to meet the needs of residents and if there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers.

Additionally, the need for testing, especially for persons in vulnerable populations or those in high-risk settings or occupations, must also be met. There must be the capacity to investigate all COVID-19 cases, trace the contacts of any person who tests positive, isolate those who test positive and quarantine the people who may have been exposed.

As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 1,490 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in San Francisco, and 23 individuals have lost their lives from the virus.

Jan 22, 2021
San Francisco Twin Peaks

SFMTA proposes reopening most of Twin Peaks to vehicle access

SFMTA staff are recommending reopening more than half of Twin Peaks to cars, despite broad public embracement of the park for non-vehicle recreation. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

$1.9 Million Chinatown relief measure passes Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a relief measure that would pay ailing Chinatown restaurants nearly $2 million to serve up meals for their neighbors in need. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Tenderloin

The Tenderloin used to have a bar where a woman was convalescing in a bed behind a curtain in back

An autobiographical essay titled "The Hard Crowd" by novelist Rachel Kushner, published in last week's New Yorker, offers some vivid snapshots of several long-gone Tenderloin bars, including one with a convalescing person in a bed in back. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Milk Club holds MLK Day tribute at Castro's 'Hibernia Beach' honoring community leaders

Yesterday the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club (Milk Club) held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute at Castro's Bank of America (501 Castro St.), commonly referred to as 'Hibernia Beach,' honoring the civil rights icon and the passing of recent community members. Read More