Beginning this week, San Francisco is banishing cars on major streets to enforce social distancing. The city's municipal transportation agency announced the slow streets program today. It will close twelve major roads near downtown.\n"The most important thing people can do is remain home, but when you must go out this will help allow for physical distancing," Mayor London Breed tweeted.\nWhat will the program look like?\nIt's similar to one in nearby Oakland. San Francisco's new program will shut down a dozen streets all around the city to reduce traffic.\nThe goal is to make it easier for bikers and pedestrians to maintain six feet of social distancing on sidewalks, paths, and bikeways.\nSlow Streets is meant to reduce traffic speeds "and create a safe network for essential walk and bike travel while transit service levels are reduced," said San Francisco transportation authorities.\nStreets will not be closed entirely and local vehicle access is still allowed in other areas. There will not be any changes to parking or driveway access for local residents.\nOfficials noted that changes will begin this week and they hope to install two to three slow corridors per week.\nThe following streets will close during the shutdown:\nSan Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority\nSlow Streets is one of the city's many methods to reduce sidewalk crowding and enforce safety precautions during COVID-19.\nIts other methods include removing vehicle parking outside grocery stores to create queuing space and widening sidewalks by removing car parking in areas of notably high pedestrian traffic.\nSan Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority\nThese new safety efforts come after Mayor London Breed's order for residents and essential workers to wear face masks outside of their homes.\nStarting this week, @sfmta_muni will launch a preliminary Slow Streets program to reduce and slow vehicle traffic.The most important thing people can do is remain home, but when you must go out this will help allow for physical distancing. https://t.co/pRRJWrROAd— London Breed (@LondonBreed) April 21, 2020\nThe law went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on April 17. Violators in the city will face fines or imprisonment beginning April 22 at 8 a.m. So, residents have until then to make or purchase required face coverings.