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Hi <<First Name>>,

As we continue to respond to the coronavirus crisis, here are the latest updates you need to be aware of. The situation is changing constantly by the hour and we are continuing to provide more resources, clarity, and support for everyone impacted by COVID-19. 

If there is any specific information that you need, you can always call my office at 415-554-7970  or email us at haneystaff@sfgov.org. I am also posting information regularly on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.
Shelter In Place
 
Yesterday, the City announced a new mandatory Public Health Order requiring all residents to stay at home except for essential needs.
Fact sheets and other graphics in Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic can be found here.
What this means:
Vulnerable populations must stay home and everyone should stay home except to go to an essential job, get food, care for a relative or friend, or get necessary health care. This is an unprecedented order but necessary to protect the health and safety of our residents. This order is in effect until April 7th and all persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply

Can I go outside?
It is OK to go outside for walks if you are not in a group and you maintain 6 feet apart from others when leaving your home for essential activities. 

What’s Open and What’s closed: 
  1. Restaurants can remain OPEN for take-out and delivery, but CLOSED for dine-in
  2. Grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores - OPEN
  3. Laundromat & dry cleaners - OPEN
  4. Gas stations - OPEN
  5. Banks - OPEN
  6. Hardware stores - OPEN
  7. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators - OPEN
  8. Cannabis Dispensaries - OPEN
  9. Bars and nightclubs - CLOSED
  10. Entertainment venues - CLOSED
  11. Gyms and fitness studios - CLOSED
  12. Non-essential retail - CLOSED
See full list of businesses exempt from the order here

Please check out the FAQ for more information, including whether your business falls under the closure exceptions. 
What's New
 
Over the last week, we’ve continually introduced more resources for those impacted by COVID-19. Below are the newest initiatives and information available to businesses and individuals:

Workers and Families First Program
The City will contribute up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave time to employees beyond existing policies through the Workers and Families First Program. This new program provides financial assistance to businesses and nonprofits and may support over 16,000 additional weeks of sick leave pay and coverage for up to 25,000 San Francisco employees. Applications for the program will be available here later this week — please check back for updates. 

SBA Loans
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available for small businesses and private, non-profit organizations. Loans can provide up to $2 million in assistance. 

Moratorium on Evictions of Small and Medium-sized Businesses
The small and medium-sized business eviction moratorium will be in effect for 30 days, and can be extended by the Mayor for another 30 days through an Executive Order. This will apply to businesses with a license to operate in San Francisco that have less than $25 million in annual gross receipts.

See more City and State resources for small-businesses here 

Suspending Power and Water Shutoffs
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is suspending the following for 60 days:
  • Discontinuation or shut off of water service for residents and businesses in San Francisco for non-payment of water and sewer bills;
  • Late payment penalties or fees for delinquent water and/or sewer bills;
  • Discontinuation or shut off of power service for SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power Customers in San Francisco for non-payment of power bills;
  • Late payment penalties or fees for delinquent Hetch Hetchy Power Customer accounts;
  • Return of delinquent CleanPowerSF Customers to PG&E generation service for failure to pay CleanPowerSF charges.

SFMTA will take the following the actions until further notice:
  • Suspend 
    • Ticketing for street sweeping through the end of the month
    • Tickets issued today, 3/17, will be waived
    • New late penalties on citations;
    • Residential permits
    • 72-hour limit and towing
    • Commuter shuttles
    • Peak hour tow-away
    • Other towing not related to safety or access
  • Extend deadlines for submitting citation protests, and
  • No longer forward additional delinquent citations to the Department of Motor Vehicles or Special Collections.

Suspension of All Evictions 
Yesterday, the SF Sheriffs announced they will be postponing all evictions at this time. This is a step further than the eviction moratorium announced last week which stopped evictions who can’t pay rent due to coronavirus. 

Free Internet Access
Comcast is offering 60 days of free internet access for low-income families. This is available to families regardless of whether the student is at SFUSD. To sign up, applicants can visit their website

Food Access for Treasure Island Kids
This Friday, March 20, One Treasure Island in partnership with SFUSD will be distributing food to families on the island with children between 10:30AM - 11:30AM at the Ship Shape Community Center. 
 
Here is a summary of where to find all the information you need: 
  1. The City’s Central Resource 
  2. Health Information & Updates 
  3. Resources for Employers/Businesses & Employees 
  4. FAQs 
  5. Resources for people experiencing homelessness 
  6. Press Releases on new policy initiatives 
As the situation develops, I’m continuing to build more resources for those impacted by this pandemic. Please keep checking in on your family and friends and make sure to take all precautions to protect yourselves. 

For a full list of recommendations and resources, please visit SFDPH’s page. You can also sign up for our text alert system by texting COVID19SF to 888–777.

--Matt
 
District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney

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