Reclaim Your Public Spaces While Helping Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Get Ready to Use Your Parks

While we all share the responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19, there are still opportunities to enjoy public spaces and build community with your neighbors. Feel empowered to take ownership of your experience outdoors and think creatively how you can beautify your community close to home.

Self-protection, safe behaviors and social distancing

Before you leave your home, make sure you are (1) healthy and are practicing good personal and respiratory hygiene; (2) have masks, water and hand sanitizer ready to use; and (3) be aware of your surroundings – be prepared to shift your walking route as needed to safely distance on sidewalks and trails. Visit this page for guidance on items to consider before you interact with others outside of your household.

Have a personal park plan

Get to know the park system and have a park plan before leaving your house, identifying multiple potential public spaces nearby that you can visit. Don’t crowd popular parks and be ready to leave a park that has become too crowded to maintain safe social distance. Before you go, consider locations of restrooms and handwashing stations, as well as slow streets – streets with limited through traffic to create a shared space for foot and bicycle traffic. Check out Together Bay Area’s video on using your favorite parks and open spaces safely.

Leave no trace

Clean up after yourself in public spaces, picking up any litter or trash you’ve generated – protect your neighbors and the essential staff cleaning our parks and sidewalks everyday.

Activation Ideas — Stay Local and Use Your Streets to Play Safely

Visit a Slow Street

The SFMTA’s new Slow Streets program is designed to limit through traffic on certain residential streets and allow them to be used more as a shared space for foot and bicycle traffic. Visit the SFMTA Slow Streets website to locate corridors in your neighborhood.

Your Porch, Your Stage | Activate from a Distance

When you can’t go to a club or theatre for a show, reimagine your garage, balcony or stoop as your stage. Activate your block with music, dancing, or just a hang out spot to spend an afternoon. Remember to respect your neighbors, socially distance and wear a mask when appropriate.

Play Everywhere | Unplugged Fun

Everyone loves the City’s great playgrounds, but when you want to get away from your screens, simple and affordable games like jump rope, badminton, football, kites, ping-pong or tire swing can turn the entire City into a space for play!

Beautify Your Front Yard | Bring Joy to the Streets

Don’t overlook your windows, doors, entryways and small plots or planting areas – they’re places to not only spruce up your home, but can bring beauty to your neighbors. Whether it’s a post-it note rainbow in your window, flowers in your planters, windmills in your front yard or unexpected door colors, you can become a curator on your block and bring a smile to daily strollers on their walks.

Solidarity Through Art | Create Messages of Hope

Rainbows in bushes, thank you notes to strangers on doors, painted lovers kissing through their masks – artistic expressions and joyful messages allows everyone the ability to leave their imprint on the City. Whether your audience is broad or personal, use your imagination to express gratitude and joy to your community.

Sharing is Caring | Physically Distant, Always Connected

While we’re practicing social distancing to protect our community as a whole, we can still remain connected through shared experience. Whether repurposing a ledge with books for a pop-up library, sharing sourdough starter kits, or fostering temporary seating on your sidewalk – it’s even more important now to show we’re not alone in our shared spaces.

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