The below is a slightly redacted version of the District 3 newsletter that went out on March 22, 2020. It contains much useful information for people living in District 3, as well as for people living in other parts of San Francisco. The original is here, and we are re-posting this for the benefit of people who may not be subscribed to the D3 email list.
|The new reality is here: All of California is under a shelter-in-place order until further notice. The order complements the city’s health order. Both require residents to stay home except for essential business, like getting food, prescriptions and health care, with certain exceptions. A full list of what’s open and closed is being clarified all the time, and I’m committed to sending you the most up-to-date information as I get it. Please remember to practice social distancing by keeping six feet away from people when you do have to go out. |
This is not a reason to panic. If anything, this should provide a sense of relief that we are rising to the call and taking this very seriously. It’s the only way we mitigate the potential harm.
Ever since the city announced its shelter-in-place order on March 17, it’s been difficult for everyone and will undoubtedly continue to cause hardships. However, governments are making the tough decision to do this in order to protect the health and safety of all citizens, and we’re trying our best to lessen the blow with programs and resources for residents and businesses.
Also, my District 3 staff and I are on duty for you, checking messages, replying to emails and answering all manner of questions. You can reach us at 415-554-7450 or [email protected]. In this tumultuous time, we hope we provide some sense of assurance.
Please read on for the latest updates to the health order, information about parking, tips on avoiding scams related to COVID-19, and more resources. You can also visit SFGov.org’s Coronavirus page and the San Francisco Department of Health website for the latest and for reminders on what to do and not do to help prevent the spread. If you missed my previous newsletters, you can access them here:
Finally, thank you to everyone who is pitching in to help neighbors by making grocery and medication runs, volunteering to deliver meals, and more. Opportunities are listed here, and please keep our local nonprofits in mind. Your willingness to support your community overwhelms me with gratitude.
PREVENTION AND PREPARATION
Department of Public Health Updates
We are getting new information daily regarding the health order. This mandatory order is in effect until April 7. It may be extended depending on recommendations from public health officials. Read the full Public Health Order here.
What’s Open and Closed
|Here are some additions and clarification on essential businesses that are open: |
What’s Open and Closed at the Wharf
|Hyde Street Pier continues 24/7. Trash collection is happening and facilities and ships are inspected by staff every day. |
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has closed the following facilities through April 7:
All other park areas will remain open:
Walking, jogging, rollerblading, etc. is permitted on the Embarcadero as long as you keep a distance of 6 feet from other people.
|Parking Enforcement |
During this public health emergency, the SFMTA is adjusting enforcement to focus on public safety and ensuring curb access so that people can access their essential needs when they drive.
UPDATE: Effective on Tuesday, March 17 at midnight through the end of March, the SFMTA will not ticket for mechanical street cleaning. Street cleaning tickets issued on March 17 will be waived. However, it is crucial that we still clean our streets to prevent trash buildup and local flooding. Please still move your car for street cleaning if you can.
Enforcement will also be temporarily suspended for the following:
72-hour parking limit and towing
The SFMTA will continue enforcing parking rules that impact health and safety:
|Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Check out Federal Trade Commission website for the latest information on how to protect yourself and keep scammers at bay: |
FOOD SHOPPING & FOOD PANTRIES
Grocery stores with special hours – If you’re age 60 or older or otherwise at high risk for COVID-19, several stores offer hours for shopping when the general public can’t enter:
Walgreens is offering free delivery with no minimum purchase, including most medications.
Free food and food programs
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS
|Help for Small Business |
Healthcare for Employees
Resources at a Glance
City Press Releases
SAN FRANCISCO NEEDS YOU!
|Food access remains one of the highest concerns among our communities, especially during this time of emergency. Both the SF-Marin Food Bank and Project Open Hand are ramping up their programs to ensure vulnerable population and home-bound individuals maintain access to healthy and nutritious food while they shelter in place. Sign up to volunteer NOW! |
SF-Marin Food Bank has created pop-up food distribution locations all over the city, with Francisco Middle School serving everyone in North Beach/ Chinatown. Please consider volunteering and helping those in need. To sign up, click here.