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.


Sidewalk artist Amar Pai cheers our essential trips

Sunnyside sidewalk chalk artist Amar Pai continues to chalk cheery figures on Monterey Blvd and nearby. Read an interview with him in the recent issue of  ‘Sunnyside Sequestered’ here.

Upon the request of a family living on Monterey, Pai recently did some work in front of their house.

See more photos here and here and here.

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.




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Sidewalk hearts in the time of Covid-19

To cheer up your essential bout of exercise, in deep colors, from our local sidewalk artist, Amar Pai. At Monterey and Detroit. See more photos here.

Chalked sidewalk arts by Amar Pai, Monterey and Detroit, April 2020.
Chalked sidewalk art by Amar Pai, Monterey and Detroit, April 2020.
Chalked sidewalk arts by Amar Pai, Monterey and Detroit, April 2020.
Chalked sidewalk art by Amar Pai, Monterey and Detroit, April 2020.

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