San Francisco’s Famous Ferry Building Closes Indoor Shopping After Being Ruled a Mall

The Ferry Building Marketplace At The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California. (Photo By: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The popular and scenic San Francisco Ferry Building is immediately closing down all shops that line the interior of the promenade after city officials ruled the market as a mall.

The mall demarcation, once completely innocuous, is now associated with the currently high-risk activity of indoor shopping which experts are avoiding at all costs to avoid the spread of COVID-19. While the world waits anxiously for a vaccine to be produced, many health and government officials have taken drastic measures in the form of nonpharmaceutical preventions such as social distancing, face coverings, and tightly limiting indoor interactions of all kinds. Measures that have been proven to be effective at limiting the spread of the virus, but usually at the cost of many local businesses that are reducing or completely elimination service until further notice.

26 of the shops in the Ferry Building will be closing and those, such as Gott’s and Acme, with doors that face the outside of the building will be able to continue business under current guidelines. However, those affected by the new ruling will still be allowed to continue curbside pickup and complete online orders.

This change came after San Francisco had made it’s way to the state-wide COVID watch list after a spike in hospitalizations and recent state-wide mandates had recently shut show malls, indoor dinning and more. Although the market has high vaulted ceilings San Francisco’s recent decision to reclassify the building changed how the businesses inside would be allowed to operate.

The Ferry Building’s website listed the shops effected and encouraged support for these businesses during these challenging times:

The following “interior shops” are unable to serve customers indoors until further notice:

  • Bay Crossings
  • Benedetta Skincare
  • Blue Bottle (Nave Shop)
  • Cheesequakes
  • Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop
  • Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick
  • Daily Driver
  • Dandelion Chocolate
  • Delica Japanese Deli
  • El Porteño Empanadas
  • Far West Fungi
  • Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
  • Frog Hollow Farm
  • Glassybaby
  • Golden Gate Meat Co.
  • Heath Ceramics
  • Humphry Slocombe
  • Imperial Tea Court
  • McEvoy Ranch
  • Miette Patisserie & Confiserie
  • Recchiuti Confections
  • Smooch Tart Shop
  • Stonehouse Olive Oil
  • The Gardener
  • Urban Remedy
  • Village Market

The following shops with dedicated exterior entrances will remain open for business:

  • Acme Bread Co.
  • Blue Bottle (Embarcadero)
  • Boulettes Larder + Bouli Bar
  • Hog Island Oyster Co.
  • Gott’s Roadside
  • Sur La Table

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Outdoor Dining Tables will continue to operate normally.

This environment is extremely challenging for our merchants, and we are working hard to find creative solutions to support them and service you, our loyal customers. Please continue to visit our website for the latest updates.

As always, the Ferry Building is grateful for your patronage. We hope you are staying safe and healthy.

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