Press Release

Press Release: Update on the Coronavirus from Supervisor Gordon Mar

Press Release from Supervisor Gordon Mar, March 14, 2020

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, and triggered States of Emergency by our local, state, and federal government.

This public health crisis is evolving rapidly, and limiting the spread of the virus and loss of life requires dramatic changes to our behavior, habits, and everyday life for everyone.

Everyone should institute social distancing. Avoid non-essential gatherings, telecommute if you can, and practice preventative public health measures like regular hand-washing.

We are all in this together. We shouldn’t panic, but we must protect, prepare, and be proactive. 

San Francisco has launched a new site to consolidate local information and resources on COVID-19 — check it out, and check it often.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Francisco is now 23.

Check the DPH website for daily updates. Please see below for important information on new guidance and mandates to slow the spread of the virus.

Subscribe to updates by texting COVID19SF to 888-777, and visit for more current information.


All events of 100 or more people are prohibited in San Francisco. See the Mayor’s press release for more information.

You cannot be evicted due to a loss of income related to COVID-19, including from a business closure, loss of hours or wages, layoffs, or out-of-pocket medical costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. See San Francisco’s moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19.

All San Francisco Unified School District schools will be closed from March 16 to April 3. See their release for more information.

SFUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger at 14 pick-up sites Monday through Friday. No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present. See more information about free meals.

In-person classes will be suspended at St. Ignatius, SFSU, UCSF, and all schools operating under the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Non-essential visitors are prohibited from entering long-term care facilities. The City issued a Public Health Order prohibiting non-essential visitors from entering long-term care facilities within San Francisco city limits, a necessary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Public libraries and Rec & Park facilities will be closed to the public and converted to emergency child care centers for front-line health workers and low-income families starting March 16. More info

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced a number of museum closures effective on March 13 at 5pm.

The one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance has been waived for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19

The state tax filing deadline has been delayed by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements related to COVID-19 filings.

The State of California is preparing to commandeer hotel properties for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.


General Information


Overview of resources for employees is available here. 

The SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development has prepared a website with information and resources for workers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Community members can also call their Worker Information Line at 415-701-4817 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM) or email

If you are missing work because of the coronavirus, you may be covered by San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance — even if you’re not sick. For more information, or to report violations, contact the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. 


Beginning Monday March 16 the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Public Library will begin to operate libraries and indoor recreation facilities as emergency care facilities for children of parents on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and low-income families.

The centers will operate through March 31.

San Francisco Recreation and Park’s recreation facilities will serve grades K through 5, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The San Francisco Public Library will provide homework help and educational enrichment for youth grades 6-12, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. More Info


Deferred Business Taxes for Small Businesses
For businesses with up to $10M in gross receipts, the City is deferring payment of quarterly business taxes due April 30, 2020 nine months to February 2021 with no interest or penalties. This will provide immediate cash-flow assistance to 8,050 small businesses.

Deferred Business Licensing Fee
The City is deferring collection of annual small business license and permit fees that make up the Unified License Bill for three months to June 30, 2020. This will support more than 10,000 businesses.

COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund
The City has established a fund administered by OEWD to offer emergency grants up to $10,000 for microbusinesses. Businesses must be able to show a recent loss in revenue.

More information and resources for businesses are available here. 


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