Without a clear timeline of when sheltering-in-place orders would lift, many businesses throughout the City boarded up their storefronts. Lower Haight businesses wanted to use the blank plywood walls to convey messages of hope and beautify their storefronts as their normal business operations temporarily closed. While the Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association provided some financial assistance to muralists for supplies, many individual businesses sponsored their own artists to create unique installations along Haight St.