Supervisor Norman Yee - COVID19 Update 08042020 Newsletter
COVID-19 UPDATES - AUGUST 4, 2020
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
Mayor Breed introduced the City’s two-year budget last Friday. For the month of August, the Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the budget and finalizing it for approval. We aim to deliver a balanced budget that prevents massive cuts to our most needed services.
There will be difficult decisions because much of the budget is based on assumptions that Federal and State aid will continue. In order to keep our finances solvent and to prepare for any unexpected declines in reimbursements and a protracted economy, we need have contingency plans in place. As a member of the Budget & Appropriations Committee, I am prioritizing the need to sustain existing services for our seniors, children, and families. Moreover, we have to prepare for the future and ensure a recovery that benefits us all.
For more information on the Board of Supervisor's budget process, calendar, and priorities is available here.
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As cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in San Francisco, the schedule for reopening will remain on pause in order to protect community health. This decision by the San Francisco Department of Public Health comes as San Francisco remains on the State of California’s county monitoring list, or “watch list” due to rising hospitalizations.
The pause in the reopening timeline for businesses and activities will continue until San Francisco Key Public Health Indicators improve, and none of them are in red, or “high-alert.” In addition to the health indicators, other data will inform the decision on how to proceed, including the Reproductive Rate of the virus, the State’s actions, and the impact of the virus in the Bay Area region. For the most up-to-date information on San Francisco’s Health Orders and COVID-19 resources and information, visit the City’s coronavirus information site.
Shelter in place has been stressful and unsettling for everyone, and I know that some of us are restless and that many of us especially wish we could safely visit with friends and families outside our households. But the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and rise in hospitalizations is cause for deep concern. The virus is here, and it is spreading quickly. The situation can quickly balloon out of control if we let down our guard, and if the current trend continues we will be seeing a significant surge this Fall.
Please continue to do your part to keep yourself and our community safe - wear facial coverings, avoid gatherings, maintain physical distancing, practice regular hand-washing. We worked hard together to flatten the curve before, and I can’t stress enough how critical our actions are in the coming days and weeks. We are all counting on each other.
Expanded Face Covering Rules
With the surge in cases and hospitalizations in San Francisco, the Health Officer has announced expanded rules about where and when to wear face coverings.
You must wear face coverings in more situations, especially when you are within 6 feet of people you don’t live with, even if you are outside.
The new rules also require that you wear a face covering when:
Passing people on the sidewalk;
Passing people on a hiking trail or outdoor;
When indoors, if others might use the space later, even if you’re alone.
When at work or in a shared space, you must wearing a face covering:
In a common area (elevator, laundry room, break rooms, lobbies, hallways, bathrooms);
When working in a cubicle or conference room;
When working at a desk you share with another person on different days;
When working around shared equipment.
Also, new to the order, children over age 9 must wear a face covering, like adults do. If they can, children 2 to 9 years old should try to wear a face covering. Children under 2 still do not need to wear a face covering.
If you can’t wear a medical or fabric mask, you are still required to wear something over your nose and mouth to block droplets. You can try other options such as a bandana, gaiter, or face shield.
There are some exceptions. If you will create a safety hazard at work (under established health and safety guidelines) by wearing anything on your face, you do not have to wear it. Also, if you have documentation showing that a medical professional has told you not to wear a face covering of any kind, you do not have to wear one. The document does not need to explain your medical condition. Click here for more information about face covering guidelines.
Limited Public Library Services Resume
The San Francisco Public Library is launching a new, contact-free pickup service called SFPL To Go to bring library materials back into our homes. Starting on Monday, August 10, at the Main Library and Tuesday, August 11, at the Excelsior Branch Library, residents can request books, DVDs, audiobooks, LPs or any circulating library item for front door pick-up.
Hours of operation for the Main Library will be:
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday from 12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Hours for the Excelsior Branch will be:
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
This new service follows the latest public health guidance and safety protocols aimed at protecting front-line staff and patrons. As staffing capacity permits, the Library aspires to reopen up to half of the library system, or 14 of 28 locations, for SFPL To Go. To start using this service, visit sfpl.org to place holds through your library account, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 415-557-4400.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is offering an assistance program to customers facing challenges with paying their bills. If your small business or non-profit is experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a 20% reduction on your water and sewer bill.
This program is available for a limited time and the deadline to submit an application is December 31, 2020. However, SFPUC may cease taking applications earlier if funds are exhausted. Once approved, you will receive a 20% discount on your SFPUC water and sewer bill for a period of six months. For more information and to apply, visit https://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=1331.
Business Fee Deferral
In order to support our hardest hit businesses during the ongoing pandemic, the City recently announced an additional extension of the 2020-2021 Business Registration Fee and Unified License Fee deadline from September 30, 2020 to March 1, 2021. Business Registration Certificates issued for 2019-2020 will remain valid through March 1, 2021.
Previously announced deferrals on business taxes and additional supports for small businesses will continue to remain in place. For one stop information on this extension and other resources for businesses, please visit this City website.
Join the District 7 Office, Ingleside Station Captain Christopher Woon, and SF SAFE, for a virtual community meeting on Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 pm. This meeting will specifically address recent burglaries in Westwood Park and surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, there will be updates from Captain Woon and you can learn about strategies to prevent crime and keep you and your family safe.
Bay Wheels is proposing two new bike share stations in District 7 and is seeking community feedback.
The first proposed location is on the south side of Eucalyptus Drive, west of 20th Avenue. This proposal will convert 4 parking spaces for a dock for 27 bikes and will help connect to nearby bike routes at 20th Avenue and Ocean Avenue. This proposal will also be considered at a SFMTA Public Hearing on August 14.
The second proposed location, on the east side of 7th Avenue, north of Lawton Street, will also have space for 27 bikes and connect to the 7th Avenue and Kirkham Street bicycle routes.
These stations are proposed by the Bay Wheels program through the SFMTA and are undergoing their required public outreach period. To submit your questions and comments about these proposals, please email email@example.com.
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