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San Francisco officials have threatened to close Dolores Park if visitors do not abide by physical distancing guidelines.

During a Monday Covid-19 press briefing, Mayor London Breed   expressed dismay that the park was crowded over the weekend with groups of people not maintaining a 6-foot distance from one another.

Breed said:

“Dolores Park continues to be a real challenge because we know that on nice days, that is the place to be for so many folks.”

Dolores Park
Jesse Garnier/SFBay A sunny Dolores Park day attracts crowds like no other park in The City. (Mik Scheper/Flickr, June 2010)

Breed added:

“We’re all adults here. There’s no reason that we should have to send in any of our law enforcement or anyone to tell people what they should be already doing.”

Within the next couple of days, Breed said city officials will monitor the park and determine whether the park will be closed to the public.

The mayor said:

“If we see that behavior has not changed, we will close the park. I want to be clear. This is the last thing I want to do.”

The City is also grappling with street cleaning challenges as vehicles are being left parked in one space and not moving for scheduling cleaning days. When the stay-at-home order was issued, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency suspended citations for people who were not able to move their vehicles for street cleaning purposes.

However, city and transit officials have urged residents to move their vehicles on street cleaning days if they are able-bodied. The mayor said that just is not happening.

Jerold Chinn/SFBay Public Works crews demonstrate a new street sweeper model in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

She said:

“For those of you who are able-bodied and are not sick and can get up and move your cars for street cleaning, I’m asking you to do that because otherwise, we will have no other choice but to begin to reimplement our ticketing procedures around street cleaning before our orders expire.”

The City will continue to monitor the street cleaning situation along with the Dolores Park weekend crowding before making final policy decisions.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn covers transportation and City Hall in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native who works out of City Hall and rides Muni every single day to work. Email: jerold@sfbay.ca. Twitter: @Jerold_Chinn

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