Supervisor Norman Yee - COVID19 Update 05162020 Newsletter
COVID-19 UPDATES - MAY 16, 2020
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
We are entering a new phase in our health emergency as we expand curbside pickup for most retail businesses starting Monday. Health officials will be closely monitoring indicators to ensure that lifting restrictions does not lead to an unsafe uptick in infections. As state leaders have said, re-opening will be like a dimmer switch - we will need to adjust based on the data we have until a vaccine is readily available.
Please continue to wear face coverings when you are out to protect others and practice physical distancing. Stay healthy and safe.
In this newsletter you will find information about:
In order to prepare for a safe reopening, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) has released new directives for essential businesses that will take effect starting at 11:59 PM on May 15, 2020. It will remain in effect until the Health Officer changes them or determines they are no longer needed.
New regulations include:
Businesses must create and follow a Health and Safety Plan in addition to their Social Distancing Protocol. Businesses can use the City’s Health and Safety plan handout.
Businesses must provide face coverings and hand sanitizer to personnel, including contractors and those not classified as employees, such as “gig-economy” drivers. Workers may still bring their own if they choose.
Staff who have symptoms cannot return to work until they get tested. The directives prohibit retaliation or discrimination against personnel who stay home sick.
Businesses must not serve people who are not wearing face coverings if required to do so.
For more information about the new Health Order, click here.
Social Distancing Protocol
Businesses who are interested in engaging in curbside pick-up starting on Monday must, at a minimum, plan to adapt the City’s Social Distancing Protocol.
Business owners must give a copy of the protocol to each employee. Your protocol must explain how your business is following the requirements of the health order and public health guidelines, including how the business will:
Limit the number of people who can enter at once, to maintain social distancing within the store;
Ensure people waiting in any lines are at least 6 feet apart;
Provide hand sanitizer, soap and water, and/or other disinfectants near the facility entrance and other key spots for use by the public and employees, especially at points of frequent interaction (like the cashier);
Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces and handles;
Post a sign reminding patrons of physical distancing requirements;
Post a sign reminding patrons they are required to wear a face covering while inside or waiting in line.
In the coming days, we will be sharing more details about a COVID-19 testing site in District 7. Both our office and Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s office, in neighboring District 11, have been advocating for more testing locations closer to our residents. We are grateful to the Emergency Operations Center for making it possible. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, if you need to get tested, please make an appointment at a CityTestSF location.
As a reminder, testing is currently open for:
Any person living in San Francisco that has 1 symptom or has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 person.
Any essential or frontline worker serving the community of San Francisco regardless of symptoms or exposure.
On Tuesday afternoon, a person was injured in a drive-by shooting at Ocean and Jules Avenues. This incident is incredibly troubling to our community. I have been in close communication with Captain Rainsford since this incident. The SFPD is actively investigating this incident and taking proactive steps to minimize the possibility of something like this happening again.
In response, SFPD will increase patrols and foot beat officers are outreaching to merchants and residents in the area. A Virtual Community Meeting will be scheduled shortly, and we will reach out to share that information.
If you see something, say something. If residents or merchants notice any suspicious activity, please report this to SFPD.
Anyone with information can call the Police Department’s 24-hour tip line at 415-575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.” Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Safe Sleeping Sites Legislation
During this health crisis, it is critical that all residents of our city are able to safely shelter in place and isolate to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.
Despite unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors for the City to acquire hotel rooms to allow unhoused residents to safely shelter in place, the City’s progress has been slow. While hotel rooms should be the priority, we have to also look at outdoor sites on City-owned properties to respond to the great need of thousands of unhoused residents, and to protect our collective public health.
On April 28, the Board voted unanimously to support the creation of Safe Sleeping Sites to create spaces for unhoused residents to maintain social distancing while also having access to sanitation facilities, food and water. The sites will be staffed at all hours and include janitorial services, health services and security.
An emergency ordinance, sponsored by Supervisors Fewer and Mar authorizing the use of park property for temporary shelter and other measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will come to the Board of Supervisors for a vote on Tuesday.
I want to take a moment to address some concerns arising from misinformation that has been circulating about safe sleeping sites.
This proposed legislation does not allow people to camp freely in parks, but gives the City the option to use Recreation and Park land where suitable for Safe Sleeping Sites. The legislation directs the Recreation and Park Department to report on a list of potential locations for such uses. The legislation, which suspends park laws to allow for the Safe Sleeping Sites, would remain in effect for 60 days.
San Francisco has a long history of using parks to respond to emergencies. After the 1906 Earthquake, tens of thousands found temporary shelter and medical care in Golden Gate Park and other City parks. And, in 2016, the City established a temporary shelter in the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park to protect homeless residents from the El Niño storms.
This legislation is responsive to the great need in our City, and is essential to keep both housed and unhoused residents safer.
This week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched an Emergency Community Assistance Program to provide discounts for residential customers impacted by COVID-19. For those who qualify, you will be eligible for 35 percent off sewer bills, 30 percent off Hetch Hetchy power bills; and 15 percent off water bills
This is a temporary program, but will be applied retroactively back to March 4. To enroll in the program, eligible customers can complete an online application form here.
To qualify for the program, residential customers must demonstrate the following:
Be a residential customer seeking a discount for your primary residence, with an SFPUC account serving only your dwelling unit under your own name; and
Have experienced a loss of income related to COVID-19 or the shelter-in-place order and be experiencing financial hardship and difficulty paying your water and sewer and/or Hetch Hetchy power bills.
Other programs the SFPUC has put into place for customers include suspending water and power shut offs due to late payments, postponing liens and collections, and waiving late fees.
California’s Pandemic Emergency Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT)
Families with children eligible for free or reduced-price schools meals can receive additional support to purchase groceries through P-EBT. Families with P-EBT eligible children that receive CalFresh, Medi-cal, or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT, and will receive P-EBT card up to $365 for each eligible child.
Families receiving free or reduced-price school meal benefits but not on public benefit assistance will need to complete a short online application. The application will open on May 22, 2020 and the deadline will be on June 30, 2020.
The application will be available at SFUSD’s website beginning on May 22.
Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast is offering 8 months of free internet service to families who are interested in participating in the Comcast Internet Essentials program. Families who are interested should fill out the technology request form. SFUSD will contact you within 2-3 days to discuss next steps.
Families who are unable to fill out the online form, please call the SFUSD Family Resource line at 415-340-1716.
More information about internet access resources are available at SFUSD’s website.
Want to support the City’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery?
Make a tax deductible donation to Give2SF. Funding from Give2SF will be prioritized for food security, with a focus on assisting those who may not have access to social safety net programs, including seniors and people with disabilities; providing support for workers and small businesses; and supporting housing stabilization for San Franciscans in crisis.
In addition to donations of any amount, the City is also accepting in-kind donations of critically needed bulk items, including cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. For a list of these items and information on how to donate, please visit: https://sf.gov/give-city-respond-covid-19
Thank you to our SOS volunteers, who continue to call District 7 seniors to make sure they are connected to food and medical resources and are not socially isolated while we practice safe social distancing!
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