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 and guests.
At Yerba Buena Gardens | YBG, we are taking precautions to ensure that visitor exposure is minimized with appropriate action and increased attention. This includes following the 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 YBG remain at work and are committed to maintaining and cleaning all areas throughout the gardens. 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 Yerba Buena Gardens.
What’s Open at Yerba Buena Gardens?
To maintain proper social distancing as required in the SF Health Order, Yerba Buena Gardens and the public activities within will be further limited during this time period.
The public open spaces listed below will remain accessible to the general public who maintain a six-foot social distance from one another.
- | Outdoor Areas—Esplanade, Gardens, Yerba Buena Lane + Jessie Square
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’s Closed at Yerba Buena Gardens?
Our cultural organizations, recreational activities, restaurants, tenants, and other programs are already closed or will be closed shortly 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.
- | Leroy King Carousel | Closed until May 3
- | Children’s Garden | Closed until May 3
- | Children’s Play Circle | Closed until May 3
- | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial + Fountain | Closed until May 3
- | Children’s Creativity Museum | Closed until May 3
- | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts | Closed until May 3
- | Moscone Center Events | Closed until May 3
- | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | Postponed until further notice
- | YBG Child Development Center | Closed until May 3
- | Yerba Buena Gardens Ice Skating + Bowling Center | Closed until May 3
- | All Food + Dining | Closed until May 3
- | Metreon | Closed until May 3
All public restrooms are also closed and not available for use.
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 gardens.
This includes cleaning public fixtures, street furniture—including park benches, and park play equipment. Special focus and attention will be 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.
Yerba Buena Gardens will empty the trash in the public open space on a limited schedule and will maintain roving security to watch over the property and assets. Landscaping, cleaning, power washing, enhanced janitorial services, engineering, and gardens management will be on call as needed for emergencies.
What about Public + Private 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 and reduce the impact of COVID-19, Yerba Buena Gardens will postpone all non-essential group events.
Stay tuned for updates on the impact of COVID-19
Yerba Buena Gardens 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 VP of Operations/General Manager of Yerba Buena Gardens, Tarik Boukhari has overall responsibility for property management, maintenance operations, and security services. Send Tarik an email or just call 415.820.3550.