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"This is really about public health and public safety, and so we really don't want to get to a point where we have to close down everything in order for people to comply," Mayor Breed told ABC7 in an interview. "We know people need fresh air, they need to get out with their families that they live with, that is most appropriate, but when you start adding friends, you're having meet-ups, you're playing volleyball and you're crowding the beaches, and you're not doing what we've asked you to do by social distancing from other people who are not a part of your household, you are putting lives at danger."
With walking being an acceptable activity under the shelter-in-place order, many Twitter users have asked city leaders to close off most San Francisco streets to car traffic, arguing the sidewalks are especially narrow to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Users were quick to post a few examples of possible streets to shut down, including Divisadero, Marina Blvd., parts of the Embarcadero, and JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park.
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Online images and videos went viral of cars and people, seen lining up to go hit the Stinson Beach area in Marin County over the weekend, as well as other parks around the Bay Area.
It forced California Governor Gavin Newsom to close parking lots at state parks. Marin County parks also closed on Sunday.
On Saturday, SF Rec and Park decided to keep JFK Drive open, citing health officials who were concerned the move would encourage gathering.
Thanks to all who reached out about closing JFK drive in #GoldenGatePark. While getting outside/exercising during the Stay at Home order is permitted if you are under 60/healthy, the Health Dept. has advised against closing JFK at this time over concerns it would invite gathering pic.twitter.com/ATDVLg589U— SF Rec and Park (@RecParkSF) March 21, 2020
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has not commented on possible street closures.
"As long as people work with us to follow the order, we will allow the spaces to remain open. But if we notice that it's problematic and people continue to gather at Ocean Beach or at Dolores Park or Crissy Fields in large numbers, we will take action," Mayor Breed said.
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