In light of the recent shelter at home directions from public health, and in solidarity with many other large event operators in the San Francisco area who are taking similar precautions to prevent the spread of this virus, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our Friday Off the Grid Market at Fort Mason Center and Lake Merritt Market through April 17th and postpone the opening of Presidio Picnic until April 19th. We will continue to evaluate further closures as the public health situation evolves. 


Since 2010, our mission has been to provide support to local businesses (Creators), while creating unique community experiences for our guests. Our top priority in making the decision to stay open or close is to make sure that we’re supporting our Creator community—hundreds of small businesses—while keeping our experiences safe. In addition to closing our Fort Mason Center and Lake Merritt location and a few of our lunch/ community markets, we will be moving all of our remainiing business lunch markets and other community markets to take-out only, with increased sanitary practices from both Off the Grid staff and our third-party vendors and no in-market dining or seating.  (see below for list of open markets). We hope you’ll join us in supporting our community of small businesses by visiting our locations for take-out during this challenging time. 


What we know:

As a result of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19, many counties in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Cruz, and the city of Berkeley have issued a shelter in place order. This order is an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this time of sheltering in place, restaurants for takeout food and delivery are allowed to remain open, which has permitted us to keep many of our markets open to continue to support our community of small businesses. Please see below for the planned closures of public markets. As of now, we can keep a number of our community/lunch markets open, while making sure our community of Creators adheres to strict food safety practices and the general risk of exposure to COVID-19 remains low:


Until further notice, the following Markets will be postponed:

•  Fort Mason Center

•  Lake Merritt

•  Salesforce Tower: Breakfast and Lunch

•  Menlo Park

•  San Mateo Bay Center

•  5th & Brannan

•  UN Plaza

•  Pleasant Hill

•  Civic Center

•  Vallejo & Front

•  Salesforce Transit Center

•  South park

•  Larkspur

•  Alameda

•  5M


The following Community Market remains open:

•  Serramonte


What Off the Grid is Doing at our Public Markets:

•  Off the Grid staff will have hand sanitizer on hand. 

•  Actively enforcing any Creators, employees and guests with flu-like symptoms to exclude themselves from OTG activities.

•  Wiping down guest areas (tables, chairs, stools and service areas) every hour with disposable disinfectant wipes.

•  Wiping down food service areas (stations, cabinets, condiment and utensil stations) every hour with disposable disinfectant wipes.

•  Advising all Creator owners and operators to stay in contact with their local health departments for the latest advisories and information about Coronavirus.


As a whole, the foodservice industry follows strict national and local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place, including guidance from ServSafe and information from the CDC. Off the Grid works very closely with our Federal Health Inspector to make sure each creator meets these standards before serving. Currently, with no vaccine yet available to prevent Coronavirus disease, the best method to avoid exposure is to prevent contact with the virus. In keeping our Creators, guests and employees top of mind, here are some more specifics on what we and our Creators are doing as well as what guests can be doing to create a safe place for all:


What Creators Are Doing

•  All Creators preparing, handling, and/or serving food or handling money must wear nitrile gloves as a mandate from Off the Grid.

•  All creators are wiping down surfaces hourly with disinfecting wipes.


What We’re Encouraging You, Our Guests, To Do

•  Stay home if sick. We look forward to welcoming you when you feel better.

•  Bring alcohol-based sanitizer gels or wipes containing 60-95% alcohol to Off the Grid events.

•  Wash hands often at the sanitation stations for at least 20 seconds.

•  Be mindful of sharing food and drinks with others. The virus can be spread through respiratory droplets in the air (within 6 feet) or on objects with the virus on it.

•  Avoid touching eyes, nose, and/or mouth with unwashed hands.

•  Clean and sanitize any objects or surfaces that may have been touched.


What Can We All Do?

The CDC suggests that people take the same steps they would to keep from getting the flu: get a flu vaccine, take everyday preventive actions – like washing your hands often – and see a doctor when you are sick. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also published preliminary guidance on getting a workplace ready for COVID-19.

Thank you for continuing to support small businesses. We will continue to update our plans and keep you informed should guidance from San Francisco health officials change. For more information on COVID-19, see below.


Additional Information: 

Coronavirus: What You Can Do Fact Sheet

Handwashing 101

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What’s New

Latest News

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Feb. 2020


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