During this time of uncertainty involving the COVID-19 outbreak, there is nothing more important than maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our visitors, area residents and guests.
At Mission Bay Parks | MBP, we are taking precautions to ensure that exposure is minimized with appropriate action and increased attention. This includes following guidelines provided by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control | CDC.
San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, has extended the directive for all residents to shelter-in-place through to May 1, 2020.
Reducing risk and impact of COVID-19
All of the staff at MBP remain at work and are committed to maintaining and cleaning all of the parks in our system. However, we are asking our employees not to come to work if they are ill while we provide paid sick leave.
In addition, we’re sharing information and disclosing what we’re doing right now to reduce virus exposure risk. This includes the status of locations, venues, and events scheduled at Mission Bay Parks.
Focus on cleaning
We are increasing the frequency of cleaning at the public spaces that we manage with the application of a strong disinfectant to all high-touch areas throughout the parks.
This includes cleaning public restrooms, park play equipment, public fixtures, and street furniture—such as park benches. Special focus and attention are being made on high-touch elements like these:
- | Doorknobs
- | Sink handles
- | Staircase handrails
- | Chairs + tables
- | Light switches
- | Trash receptacles
- | Drinking fountains
- | ADA handrails
- | Areas of playground equipment
- | And much more
Additionally, our staff is trained in CDC guidelines for workplace cleanliness and maintaining both personal and public health.
What’s open at Mission Bay Parks?
To maintain proper social distancing as required in the SF Health Order, access to portions of Mission Bay Parks and public activities within the parks will be limited during this time period.
Currently, all outdoor areas are open to visitors, area residents, and guests who maintain a six-foot social distance from one another. Public restrooms are also available for use by all. In addition, these facilities are being cleaned and maintained three times daily.
Effective at midnight Tuesday, March 31, 2000, new restrictions from the San Francisco Department of Public Health include the following:
- | People may no longer use playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas and similar recreational areas, which will be closed to public use.
- | People may no longer use public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools and rock walls. These facilities must be closed.
- | Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
The result is the following areas and venues are OPEN to all visitors, area residents, and guests.
We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and how it may affect these areas.
What’s Closed at Mission Bay Parks?
Our sports facilities, park for kids, and dog parks are currently closed to comply with San Francisco’s recent Health Order. Exceptions will be made for only essential activities and/or emergencies.
The following areas and venues are CLOSED to all visitors, area residents, and guests until the dates identified below.
- | Dog Parks | Closed until further notice
- | Kids’ Park | Closed until further notice
- | Tennis Court | Closed until further notice
- | Basketball Court | Closed until further notice
- | Volleyball Court | Closed until further notice
- | Kayak Launch | Closed until further notice
According to San Francisco Recreation & Parks, parks provide many benefits that are essential to the well-being of our communities. Spending just 20 minutes a day outdoors in nature can:
- | improve both our mental + physical health
- | significantly lower stress hormones
- | boost cardiovascular health + immune system with regular exercise
Healthy people under age 60 can continue to spend time outdoors while complying with the social distancing recommendations of staying at least 6 feet apart from one another.
It’s OK to go outside to walk your dog, go for a walk, run, ride a bike, and hike alone or with someone in your household. Team sports of any kind are not allowed.
If you’d like to take your children outside, please take them to open parks and trails, not to playgrounds, to help maintain social distancing. People over age 60 or those with chronic health conditions are advised to stay inside due to the heightened risk of the coronavirus.
What about Public Events?
As recommended by the CDC and San Francisco Department of Public Health, gatherings of over 10 people are not allowed until May 4, 2020, to reduce the spread of coronavirus infection.
In order to be compliant with these guidelines, Mission Bay Parks will postpone all non-essential group events. In addition, we have canceled all Mission Bay Parks sponsored events following the direction from the San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure | OCII.
If you have booked an event at Mission Bay Parks with 10 guests or more, please contact us to make arrangements to reschedule your event.
Stay tuned for updates on the impact of COVID-19
Mission Bay Parks will continue to review recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other relevant government organizations to stay up-to-date and safety compliant on providing a healthy environment for our visitors, area residents and guests.
If suspension or postponement of non-essential events continues to be recommended beyond May 4, 2020, we will update the community with new information in this POST.
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Please stay healthy, have patience and remember to assist those in need.
As Manager of Mission Bay Parks overseeing all aspects of day to day park operations, Catherine Hickey serves as the first point of contact for park visitors, tenants, vendors and contractors. Send Cathy an email or just call 415.684.9896.