A mannequin shelters at home on Waller Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.

If you have photos from your neighborhood that illustrate what it feels/looks like with the shelter in place policy – whether it is the Mission District or elsewhere – send them to info@missionlocal.com and we will post them in photo essays. Please let us know the neighborhood, the location and the date of the photo. And if the photos you shoot remind you of any poem or piece of music, let us know and we will add a link. Thank you to everyone who has sent in photos. 

Hayes Valley’s Smitten Ice Cream usually has a line out the door. Today, it is shuttered. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A woman in a surgical mask talks on the phone at an empty playground. On most days, children can be found climbing here. The absence of their laughter was very strange. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A man rests in the sun at Patricia’s Green. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A colorful face reminds us to stay calm in a troubled world. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A handwritten sign taped to the wall and blowing in the wind on Octavia Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A man takes a nap at Patricia’s Green. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A young couple takes a walk through Hayes Valley in their masks. Photo by Molly Oleson.
The couple said that their hands are dry from all the sanitizer they’ve been using. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Benches, usually full of people, at Patricia’s Green. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Friends and their dogs catch up next to Ritual Coffee Roasters, which was open. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Two men have a conversation over coffee next to Patricia’s Green. Photo by Molly Oleson.
This Hayes Valley plaza is usually full of colorful chairs, occupied by people sipping coffee and chatting. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, on Hayes Street, usually has tables out front, where friends share meals together. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Blue gloves, abandoned on Hayes Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Brass Tacks and Anina, two popular Hayes Valley bars where customers are usually people-watching from the open windows, are boarded up. Photo by Molly Oleson.
Reflections mingle with chairs on the tables at La Boulangerie bakery, which is usually full of people. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A young man was the only person on the basketball court at the Hayes Valley Playground. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A young woman harvests potatoes that she planted at Hayes Valley Playground. She said that she told her mom that they’d never go hungry this way. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A small boy left his mask on his scooter as he visited with his parents at Hayes Valley Playground. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A woman carries flowers up a hill in Hayes Valley. Photo by Molly Oleson.
It’s easy to socially distance yourself when you’re this tall. Photo by Molly Oleson.
A sign on the door at Dark Garden, on Linden Street. Photo by Molly Oleson.
An artist jazzed up this piece of wood at a construction site on Waller Street. The bottles that the character is holding read, “Hang in There.” Photo by Molly Oleson.

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  1. Keep coming back to this. Extremely well-crafted but it’s more than that. It’s art. Best depiction of the HV since I moved to this place, 20 years ago, and en pointe.

  2. Full blown futbol match with fans, uniforms, and zero social distancing at Garfield Square this afternoon in the Mission.

    Italy is coming.

  3. I was just walking through Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley, there were around 40 people hanging out in the park. Smitten was open and people were being served. Folks were picking up coffee and hanging around. If the pictures in this article were from yesterday I have a strong feeling that it was the weather that made it so slow because now that’s it’s nice people are completely ignoring the Newsom and Breed’s orders.

  4. Thanks for posting those. I work in Hayes Valley and I’m so familiar with many of those locations that I can tell them by the color of the buildings – blue Boulangerie, green Brass Tacks, and coral Stacks. Everything very much in character, just in slow motion.