Changes for businesses and transit during Covid-19 reopening

UPDATE, June 26: Hair salons, barbers, indoor dining, outdoor bars, outdoor pools, indoor museums WILL NOT be opening on Monday June 29th. The City has given no new date has been given for these types of businesses to reopen.

Several changes have come into effect, or soon will, related to Covid-19 restrictions.


Muni Service: As of Saturday June 13th, the 43-Masonic began running, but the northern terminus will be Masonic and Geary. Read more about other lines re-starting here. 

As of Monday July 15th, SFMTA began enforcing street-sweeping violations by parked cars.

Businesses and services:

As of Friday June 12th, restaurants began to operate with outdoor dining. Details here. Also in D7 Supervisor Yee’s newsletter here.

As of Monday June 15th, the following are allowed: non-emergency medical appointments, private indoor services like house-cleaners, indoor retail, manufacturing (with limits). Anyone who can still work from home is asked to continue doing so. Also allowed: Summer camps (with limits), religious gatherings, and pro sports with no spectators present. Read more here. 

As of Monday June 29th, the following will be allowed to operate: Hair salons, barbers, outdoor bars, outdoor pools, indoor museums. Read more here.  Also this SF Examiner article. 

Article about delay in reopening schedule [June 26]:

As of Monday July 13th [PENDING STATE APPROVAL], indoor dining and real estate open houses will be allowed.Read more here. 


Unfortunately, at this time there is no announcement about the reopening of SF Public Libraries. The word is that there will first be a curbside pickup program, and then a reopening of a few branches. Meanwhile, your hardworking librarians are doing service as Covid-19 contact tracers. Read more here (KQED).

For households with young children, the Library has a Dial-a-Story program, now with video: More here.


New business rules in effect Monday

As of Monday May 18, the City will allow retail businesses to operate curb-side pickup service if they obey a set of detailed regulations. Associated manufacturers and suppliers are also included. The regulations include extensive requirements for keeping employees and customers safe while conducting transactions.

This change includes only retail businesses, and not personal service providers–so Sunnyside’s hair salons, barbers, nail salons, spas, eyelash salons, and the like will remain closed for now. Read about Sunnyside’s restaurants that are currently doing business here.

Here is the City’s full order in effect Monday May 18:

Here is a article in the SF Examiner about the change: “SF drafts guidelines for most retail businesses to open for curbside sales Monday”

Here’s a piece in SF Weekly about the process of Covid19-related decision-making by City government: “What’s the Plan for Reopening SF? Answers in Short Supply”  





Update: Business on the Boulevard is picking up

Covid-19 crisis update: Monterey Blvd businesses that provide food are still serving the community, while hair salons and other personal service-type businesses are still closed, as per requirements of the City.  News: Two previously closed restaurants, Shanghai Dumpling King and Won Kok. at the corner of Gennessee Street, are now open for pick up or delivery orders. Also, Monterey Auto Service (570 Monterey) is now open Mon-Fri (8 AM-6 PM) and Saturday mornings.




Here are the details: Continue reading “Update: Business on the Boulevard is picking up”

Covid-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

From The Office of Economic and Workforce Development [OEWD]: 

Covid-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

When an unforeseen event occurs that negatively impacts small businesses like COVID-19, the Invest In Neighborhoods Division of OEWD works with individual businesses to provide support and resources they may need to get them through this difficult time. Because of the disruptions that COVID-19 has created for our small business community, the COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund was created. It allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent. This program is administered in partnership with Northeast Community Federal Credit Union.

OEWD also works closely with other city departments to coordinate and connect recovery response between impacted businesses and City departments. View our COVID-19 Business & Employee Assistance Guide.

Read more here: