|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:
COVID-19 Newsletter Update March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Newsletter Update March 16, 2020
Please also subscribe to Department of Emergency Management updates by texting “COVID19SF” to 888-777. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AaronPeskin, and follow the Health Department: @SF_DPH.
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.