When the San Francisco Botanical Garden announced earlier this week that it would be reopening its bloom-filled paths on Monday, June 1st, it felt like a seed of hope that normal life might soon return to us.
We dared to let this seed sprout roots on Wednesday when news dropped that Zeitgeist is once again slinging its famous bloody marys (for takeout, in a trial run this Saturday and Sunday)—a mere taste of which we haven't dreamed of since shelter in place moved in mid-March. Then on Thursday, our yen for freedom went full flower when the City of SF announced the next phase of openings. Get ready for in-store shopping and patio dining, people.
Unlike some other places around California and the country, the City has taken its time to reopen our economy. But on June 15th, SF restaurants will be allowed to resume service outside only, a move anticipated by Mayor London Breed's Monday announcement that local restaurants may now apply for permits to use sidewalk space for takeout and pickup, and soon for seated dining. If all goes well, dining rooms may be allowed to reopen one month later, on July 13th.
Until then, get ready to queue up in the beer garden at Zeitgeist this weekend, May 30th and 31st from noon to 5pm, to get in on a limited-time takeout menu of grilled cheese sandwiches, bloodies, and margs in Mason jars to go. The old picnic tables have been removed so don't even think about trying to hang around, but do expect "music blasting and art to view as you wait." If it's a success, owner Lara Burmeister says they'll make it a regular thing.
Curious about what else is set to open and when? Here's an excerpted version of SF's four-phase reopening plan.
San Francisco Re-Opening Schedule, COVID-19
Currently Open / Allowed
- Curbside retail pickup
- Outdoor businesses—think farmers markets, flea markets, and car washes
- Elective surgeries
- Botanical gardens and outdoor museums
- Outdoor historical sites
- Child care
- Outdoor restaurant dining
- In-store retail shopping
- Outdoor fitness classes
- Parks, beaches, skate parks
- Golf in groups of four, singles only tennis
- Religious services
- Professional sports (no fans)
- Non-emergency doctor appointments
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Indoor dining (expect masked servers and fewer tables)
- Real estate open houses
- Indoor museums
- Bars without food
- Schools may reopen with several modifications for social distancing and safety precautions.
- Concerts and festivals
- Hotels and short-term rentals
For many more details on opening phases, go to sf.gov/information/reopening-san-francisco, and keep watch on 7x7's Instagram for updates. And please remember, getting out and about without taking the proper precautions ruins it for everybody else. Wear your mask, keep your distance, and stay vigilant.