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.


No petition required now: Traffic Calming for your block

New! Take advantage of Covid-19-related changes to the SFMTA traffic calming program to get speed humps on your block without the usual petition and signature requirements.


UPDATE FOR APPLICANTS: Applications for the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Traffic Calming Program are due by June 30, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the SFMTA is waiving the petition/signature requirement for the remainder of this application period. Please submit your completed Traffic Calming Request Form by the deadline and remember a petition is not required for applications submitted from May 4, 2020 through June 30, 2020. All applications for the FY2020/2021 Traffic Calming Program Cycle, including those submitted without a petition as provided above, will follow the same standard evaluation process.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND LINKS TO THE APPLICATIONS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, AND CHINESE.  Continue reading “No petition required now: Traffic Calming for your block”

Muni update: Some service to be restored

Later this week, some additional Muni service will be restored, increases on Covid-19 cuts earlier this month.

Visit this page for details about which lines will see increased service and why.

Sunnyside’s local buses (23, 36, 43) remain out of service for now.

Updated service map, in effect Sat Apr 25:


Apr 27: Balboa Reservoir community meeting

The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee [BRCAC] will take place online on Monday April 27th (6-8 PM). The The meeting agenda is here. Meeting will include a review of the draft design guidelines and the future of the BRCAC, with the central topic being transportation. More about the BRCAC here.

Here are the instructions to join the Virtual CAC meeting:

  • Individuals who wish to watch this meeting can join from the Teams app or a web browser at: or click  Live captioning is available on the stream.
  • If Internet access is not available, you can listen to the meeting by dialing the toll free number: (866) 434-5269 and enter access code 8863144.
  • Comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are only available via phone by dialing the toll free number: (866) 434-5269 and enter access code 8863144. (There is no need to hang up and call again if you are already on the line and want to provide public comment on the next agenda item, you will be prompted with the same instructions over the phone).

The following is step-by-step instructions for commenting:

  1. DIAL the Toll-Free Number listed for the meeting (listing of meetings below).
  2. Enter the Access Code then press ‘#’.
  3. Press # again to join the meeting as a participant.
  4. When you hear that ‘you are connected to the meeting as a participant’: ▪ Stop and LISTEN ▪ Wait for Public Comment to be announced (by Item # or for General Public Comment)
  5. When the Clerk calls Public Comment, dial ‘1’ then ‘0’ to be added to the speaker line.
  6. When the system message says you will be notified when the speaker is ready for your question and to withdraw your question, press ‘1’ then ‘0’.’ – WAIT for your turn to speak.
  7. When the system message says ‘your line is unmuted, please ask your question after the tone [BEEP] ‘- THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT after THE BEEP. (This is not a question-and-answer period, this is your time to provide a statement.)
  8. You will have the standard 2 minutes to provide your comments.
  9. Once your 2 minutes have ended, you will be moved out of the speaker line and back listening as a participant in the meeting (unless you disconnect).
  10. Participants who wish to speak on other items on the Agenda or for other comment periods may stay on the meeting line and listen for the Clerk’s next prompt.

Best Practices for Providing Public Comment at a Remote Meeting:

Thank you all for your continued engagement.

New senior resource from SFMTA: Essential Trip Card for reduced fare taxis

From SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA):


Essential Trip Card: Helping Older Adults and People with Disabilities Navigate Reduced Muni Service

Muni is making necessary service reductions during the order to shelter-in-place. We know that for many people with disabilities and seniors, walking farther to an alternate bus — or paying for other transportation — isn’t possible. To serve this need, the SFMTA is announcing the Essential Trip Card (ETC) – a discount program to help seniors and people with disabilities make essential trips in taxis during this crisis.

The ETC will subsidize about two to three round trips by taxi per month for older adults (persons 65 and older) and people with disabilities. Eligible participants will pay 20% of the cost of a regular cab ride fare for essential trips. The program uses taxis to take people on essential trips like going to the grocery store, pharmacy or another necessary medical trip during the shelter-in-place period. Customers who pay $12 will receive $60 value for taxi trips on a debit card. Continue reading “New senior resource from SFMTA: Essential Trip Card for reduced fare taxis”