SAFETY INFORMATION & RESOURCES
to our neighbors and friends
We know that you have many questions and concerns about Coronavirus. This newsletter is a resource for you. It contains information, resources, and suggestions for dealing with the health, financial, social, and emotional impacts of Coronavirus.
The most important thing that we can do right now to decrease the spread of Coronavirus is stay at home. That is why our city has announced a Public Health Order that requires residents to stay home except for essential needs.
We are aware that this order will disrupt many lives in serious ways. With that in mind, this newsletter includes ways for you to access relief. There will be more in the near future. We will get through this as a neighborhood and as a community.
It is important to realize that a person can pass on COVID-19 to a vulnerable person without immunities, even if they have mild or no symptoms themselves. That is why it is vital that we all do our part to decrease the spread of the virus. Let’s do what we can to keep our friends and neighbors safe. The City and State have issued a number of recommendations, directives and resources to limit the spread of the virus and its consequences.
For official updates, text COVID19SF to 888-7777 and call 311. For the full list of recommendations and Health Orders visit this site.
STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY,
Supervisor Dean Preston
*We will update this site as new information becomes available.
All San Franciscans have been ordered to stay at home–
Please shelter in place, except for essential needs, until April 7th.
Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone else should stay at home unless they are getting food, caring for a relative or friend, getting necessary health care, or going to an essential job.
You can go outside for walks as long as you practice social distancing.
Essential City Departments will continue to operate, including Recology.
More information is available here.
Self-isolate unless travel is absolutely essential.
Vulnerable populations include:
People 60 years old or older (Long term care facility visits are currently limited).
People with health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems.
People who are pregnant or were pregnant in the last two weeks.
Practice social distancing to reduce exposure–
How can you practice social distancing?
Do not go outside except for essential needs.
Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds.
When outside, keep at least 2 meters (7ft) of distance between you and others.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Do not touch your face, surfaces that may not be disinfected, or other people.
Minimize exposure in workplaces and businesses–
The city has ordered all non-essential businesses to close. A list of essential businesses can be found here.
Telecommute whenever possible.
Legislation at the state level is being proposed to prevent commercial evictions.
Schools are closed–
Public schools are all closed for three weeks starting Monday, March 16th.
Breakfast and lunch programs for children 18 and under are still available for pickup.
Avoid health care settings–
Protect vulnerable populations.
San Francisco has issued a health order that limits visitors and non-essential staff to hospitals in San Francisco. You should avoid health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.
Visitors to long term care facilities are extremely limited or banned.
Avoid going to health care settings if you are ill, unless it is essential. Try calling your doctor or 311 for advice first.
A map of available pit stops and hand washing stations is available here.
Contact Supervisor Preston's office here:
PrestonStaff@sfgov.org, (415) 554-7630
You will not be evicted for
non-payment of rent–
The city has placed a ban on evictions for non-payment of rent until the State of Emergency is lifted. Tenants must notify their landlord of this if they face eviction. Supervisor Preston has called on the city to ban all “no-fault” evictions, such as Ellis Act Evictions, during the State of Emergency. This would include all current evictions already in court and non-payment of rent due to inability to work.
Water and power will not be shut off–
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will not shut off water or power for late payments. Additionally, the SFPUC and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will not add penalties on late payments during the City’s local emergency response to coronavirus. More information is available here.
Additional paid sick leave–
The Workers and Families First Program provides financial assistance from the City to businesses and nonprofits to provide paid sick leave time to employees, over and above their existing policies.
More information is available here.
Food for those who cannot afford to purchase it–
Grocery stores, corner stores, and delivery at restaurants are open and accessible. For people who are unable to afford groceries, there are food banks. Open sites can be found on the food locator here.
Food banks have had a 52% cancelation rate for volunteers in March, and have had nearly 1,000 cancelations in April. Finding new volunteers for both warehouses and pantries is crucial.
If you can, please sign up to volunteer here.
Shelter for those experiencing homelessness who have been exposed to Coronavirus–
San Francisco will provide quarantine locations for individuals experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for Coronavirus but do not need to be hospitalized. The City will also provide quarantine locations to individuals who have been exposed to the virus and who lack access to adequate shelter due to homelessness or shared living arrangements like SROs, shelters, and Permanent Supportive Housing. Quarantine locations will include RVs, apartments, and hotels.
Meals for students–
The California Department of Education is allowing the school district to provide students meals throughout the coronavirus-related closure. Meals will be served at schools and at other sites.
Emergency child care–
From March 16 to March 31, public libraries and San Francisco Recreation and Park’s recreation facilities have been converted to Emergency Child Care Centers. They will serve children of parents on the front lines of the Coronavirus outbreak and low-income families. This includes families of hospital staff, Department of Public Health employees, and activated Disaster Service Workers.
The San Francisco Public Library will provide homework help and educational enrichment for students grades 6-12, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Office of Early Care and Education provides support and guidance for existing private childcare providers for children from ages 0-5. More information is available here.
Support for small businesses–
Businesses, employers, and employees should visit www.oewd.org/corona for information on deferred taxes, small business loans, and paid leave. You can file an unemployment insurance claim if your hours have been reduced.
More information is available here.
Tickets for residential parking are no longer being issued–
Towing is prohibited except in cases of safety or accessibility. Meters, however, are still in operation.