San Francisco Public Works Crews Soldier On During Coronavirus Sheltering-In-Place

While much of the economy remains closed, one essential sector is busier than ever in San Francisco, and that is the city's Department of Public Works.

San Francisco Public Works Crews Soldier On During Coronavirus Sheltering-In-Place

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — While much of the economy remains closed, one essential sector is busier than ever in San Francisco, and that is the city’s Department of Public Works.

“We are out here cleaning streets,” said department spokesperson Rachel Gordon. “We’re taking care of tree emergencies. We’re cleaning up graffiti.”

Masked, and instructed to keep their distance, San Francisco Public Works crews are trying to take advantage of city’s downtime, starting with potholes.

“This is an ideal time to do it,” said Gordon. “There’s not a lot of traffic in San Francisco, so this is an opportunity to get the streets safe and smooth again.”

And while much of the city’s workforce stays home, work continues on most public projects, things like sidewalk and park improvements.

“Construction projects, a lot of them that we’ve been working on are going ahead, as they are considered essential,” Gordon explained. “Haight Street, 2nd Street, not far from here on Jefferson Street, that work is continuing.”

There is one area where the city may be seeing the need for more work, and that is the problem that already costs San Francisco $20 million a year.

“We are working really hard to keep the city clean, but we are seeing that there’s a lot of graffiti in town,” Gordon said of taggings left during the city shutdown. “So we wish that the graffiti vandals would shelter in place a little more.”

While the pothole crew is able to complete more jobs per day because of less traffic, some of those workers have also occasionally been asked to perform work related to the pandemic response.

 

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Coronavirus Update: BART Riders Required To Wear Masks On Trains, In Stations

BART transit officials have announced that all riders will be required to wear masks on trains and in stations starting on Wednesday as tougher shelter-in-place requirements go into effects in the Bay Area counties served by the agency.

Coronavirus Update: BART Riders Required To Wear Masks On Trains, In Stations

OAKLAND (KPIX) — Starting Wednesday, BART will begin enforcing county health orders that require people to wear face coverings while riding trains, waiting in the stations or even being in the parking lot.

“The public health ordinances require it. They specifically mention BART, the bus agencies, Uber, Lyft, and taxis,” said BART Spokesperson Alicia Trost.

On Wednesday morning, health orders in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties will all require face masks in public settings.

The orders require BART to take reasonable measures to remind the public that they need facing coverings and “must take all reasonable steps to prohibit any member of the public who is not wearing a face covering from entering and must not serve that person if those efforts are unsuccessful and seek to remove that person.”

Many BART riders have been voluntarily wearing masks for the last few weeks, but not everyone.

BART says that is going to change.

“Beginning Wednesday, you must have a face covering to ride BART or even just be on our property including our parking lots,” Trost said.

BART says notifications will be going up at all the stations, and verbal reminders will be announced on loudspeakers.

“As I see it getting more and more crowded, I’m definitely with that,” said BART Rider Chris Cooper at the Fremont station.

BART Police, not station agents, will be enforcing the order.

“It makes me feel safer, so they should feel safer,” said Ken Ramshaw, who was waiting for a ride in the BART pick up area.

Violators could be asked to leave BART. BART officials said failure to comply with the emergency health order is a misdemeanor.

But BART says it will work with riders not in compliance before any penalties happen.

“The first step is, can we get creative with this? Do you have even a shirt you can pull up to cover part of your face? But if not, we will have to send you away, we will have to follow those county rules,” Trost said.

Officials said riders should not confront others without a face covering. If someone isn’t wearing a face covering, riders should move away from the individual.

BART says the new rules will be in effect until further notice.

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