Here in San Francisco, as we work to slow the spread and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), we are all being asked to do our part. My colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, Mayor Breed, and our City Departments are taking measures to ensure the health and safety of communities during this public health crisis. We know that the steps we are taking to stop the spread of COVID-19 will have tangible impacts on the lives of residents, businesses, and workers, but we believe that these steps are necessary to keep our communities safe, and stabilize this crisis as quickly as possible.
We thank our healthcare workers who are on the front lines of responding to this global health crisis. Our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19 here at home and globally. Like other times our communities have been in crisis, let it bring out the best in us. We are all in this together, and we must all do our part.
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The City and State have issued several directives and recommendations to curb the spread of the virus.
While some populations are more vulnerable than others, stopping the spread of the virus requires all of us to take steps in our own lives. Keeping in mind that a person can be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and still be contagious, it is important to follow directives and recommendations to curb the spread of the virus and prevent vulnerable populations from being exposed to COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself and others is by following the Department of Public Health's guidelines. Get the latest advisories fromthe Department of Public Health.
San Francisco Prohibits Gatherings of 100 or More
As of March 13, the Mayor announced that all events of 100 or more people are now prohibited in San Francisco. This includes limiting seating in restaurants with capacity for 100 people or more. Learn more here.
How do I get tested for COVID-19?
Call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, call 3-1-1 or go to sf311.org. Find more information about testingHERE.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) announced that, beginning March 16, 2020, all public schools will be temporarily closed to students through Friday, April 3. Visit SFUSD’s official websitefor more information.
SFUSD Free Meals During School Closure
Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, SFUSD will start providing free meals to all children 18 and younger at pick-up sites across San Francisco.
Free meals will be available Monday through Friday 9 am - 10 am to pick-up breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruit, vegetables, and milk to take home. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present. Families will not need to enter the school building for pick-up.
SFUSD will have 8 available sites for pick-up on Tuesday, March 17 expanding to 18 pick-up sites across the city by Thursday, March 19. View SFUSD’s official websitefor more information on pick-up locations.
Beginning March 16, SF Public Library and Rec & Park will open libraries and indoor facilities as emergency childcare centers for kids of front-line workers combating COVID-19, as well as low-income families. Both agencies have suspended regular indoor programs.
Detailed info on emergency youth care facilities (location, hours, sanitation & eligibility) can be found at Department of Children, Youth & Families website. Registration will begin online on the website starting Saturday, March 14. ClickHEREto learn more.
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has launched awebsitededicated to information and resources for San Francisco employers and employees concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and this page will be updated as more information and resources are made available.
Small Business Resources
* Deferred Tax Payment and Licensing Fees:If you own a small business and have seen a drop in revenue, the City has enacted deferred tax payment and licensing fees for small businesses. Click here for more details.
* Small Business Resiliency Fund: The City has also has established a Small Business Resiliency Fund administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to offer emergency grants up to $10,000 for microbusinesses (fewer than 5 employees). Businesses must be able to show a recent loss in revenue. Go to the COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fundpage, or contact Judy Lee, 415-554-6607 or investSF@sfgov.org.
* Disaster Recovery Loans: The U.S. Small Business Association also announced disaster recovery loans that are expected to launch soon.
What can I do if my employer has reduced my hours or shut down operations due to coronavirus?
You can file anunemployment insurance claimfor partial wage replacement if your hours are reduced or your employer shuts down operations. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Order waiving the wait-time for anyone seeking to apply for unemployment assistance due to COVID-19.
What support exists for employees of the City and County of San Francisco?
If you are a City and County of San Francisco worker, Mayor Breed has announced a new policy supporting City employees impacted by COVID-19, which you can view here.
Know your rights
In the face of the coronavirus, it may be confusing to understand what you are entitled to at your workplace. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace. Click here for learn more.
The City and County of San Francisco can now accept tax-deductible monetary contributions throughGive2SF Fund. The Give2SF Fund will support City efforts to respond to COVID-19 and help protect the health of San Francisco and support the most vulnerable, including individuals, families, and local businesses.
The most important thing you can do to help respond to COVID-19 is to follow the Department of Public Health's directives and recommendations to curb the spread of the virus. If you are sick - stay home.If you are healthy,now more than ever, organizations that serve our most vulnerable residents need your help.
Project Open Hand
730 Polk Street San Francisco, CA
Volunteers needed to assist in preparing food, labeling meal containers for distribution, packaging prepared hot meals in containers, and other related kitchen duties.
SFUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger at 14 pick-up sites Monday - Friday. They need help distributing the food boxes to students and families. If you aren’t able to help in person, support though donations by clicking on the ‘donate’ button below or text 4SFUSD to 44321.