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Press Release: COVID-19 and Other Updates from Supervisor Gordon Mar

Today, the City announced plans to allow some businesses to resume operations with storefront pickup as soon as Monday, May 18th, including bookstores, florists, and home good stores.

This is contingent on the City’s continued progress on reducing the spread of COVID-19, and a reflection of our collective effort to flatten the curve.  

The City will issue details on this phased business reopening next week, and the current Bay Area health orders remain in effect, and shelter in place generally will continue through the end of May. Please see the Mayor’s full press release here.  

Please see below for additional news and resources, and be sure to check out #SunsetStrong’s guide to shopping locally for Mother’s Day.And, I hope to see you at this Saturday morning’s virtual town hall to discuss how we are making our city streets safer for social distancing during shelter-in-place — for all of us. 
Safe Streets | D4 Virtual Town Hall
THIS SATURDAY: May 9th, 10am
Join us for our 7th virtual town hall, focused on how we’re making our streets safer during shelter in place!
 
Featuring:
– Jeff Tumlin, Director of Transportation, SFMTA
– Janice Li, Advocacy Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
– Jodie Medeiros, Executive Director, Walk San Francisco
 
Topics will include:
– Slow Streets Program
– Bike Share
– Daylighting
– Closures of Great Highway and JFK Drive
 
Submit questions in advance here
We’ll prioritize frequently raised questions. 
 
Register in advance for this meeting
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 Register to AttendSupporting laid off workers
With over 83,000 San Franciscans losing their jobs over the last few months, our surge in unemployment is quickly becoming its own crisis.  

When businesses are able to re-open and re-hire, we need to ensure laid off workers have access to jobs — and quickly. 

So this week I introduced the Back to Work Emergency Ordinance to expand the rights of laid off workers. 

This emergency legislation will ensure that laid-off workers are the first ones offered their jobs through a fair process if and when their employers re-open and start to re-hire. If their job isn’t available but another job is that they’re qualified for, they’ll be offered that instead. And, while they’re laid off, they’ll be notified of City resources that can help them weather this storm. 

Workers deserve economic certainty. And it’s a win-win-win scenario. When public health allows, businesses will be able to re-open faster by bringing back staff that’s already trained and ready to go, benefitting their business, their customers, and our entire City. 

Read more on KQEDExpanded testing for essential workers
All essential workers in San Francisco are now eligible for free tests, regardless of symptoms or exposure. This means that any person going to work during the Stay-Home Order can get tested. Additionally, any person living in San Francisco that has 1 symptom or has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 person can get tested. No doctor’s note will be required, and the test is free. 
 
This expanded testing is part of the City’s effort to provide universal access to testing to all San Franciscans. Given that the majority of transmissions are likely originating from asymptomatic carriers, universal access to testing will allow officials to identify COVID-19 infections early and keep the public safer from infection and put San Francisco on a quicker track to re-opening.
 
For more information or to get tested, visit sf.gov/GetTestedSF or call 311.Anti-Asian Racism | D4 Virtual Town Hall
Saturday May 16, 10am To highlight current issues facing the APA community, Supervisor Mar will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Saturday, May 16 at 10am to discuss the rise in hate crimes and racism directed towards the Asian community. Join our panelists to discuss what the City and activists are doing to combat this violence and foster solidarity during this unprecedented time. 

Featuring:
-Dr. Russell Jeung, SFSU Chair of the Asian American Studies Department 
-Cynthia Choi, Chinese for Affirmative Action Co-Executive Director
-Ben Chen, Youth Member of Chinese Progressive Association
-Sasanna Yee, Communities As One Activist
-Chesa Boudin, San Francisco District Attorney

Submit questions in advance here
We’ll prioritize frequently raised questions. 
 
Register in advance for this meeting
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 Register to AttendAPA Heritage Month
Our City is proud to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to highlight and uplift the important voices and contributions of APAs in San Francisco.  This year, the San Francisco celebration is going Virtual, making it possible for the community to enjoy all the art and cultural programs while sheltering in at home.

Check out the San Francisco Public Library’s fantastic guide illuminating Asian American stories, lean into #MuseumFromHome and engage with art at a distance with the Asian Art Museum, discover Asian American films, music and performances from CAAMFest, and more! Access the Virtual Online Celebration Guide here.
 Pushing for more COVID-19 data
I’ve introduced a resolution urging the collection and reporting of additional data for populations especially vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission, including those at senior care centers, nursing homes, jails, and the LGBTQ community. 

Residential healthcare facilities and other congregate living situations are especially vulnerable to this pandemic, and we need better data on how COVID-19 is impacting our nursing homes, senior living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and jails. 

And, while the City is reporting some gender identity information in our Data Tracker, it falls short of representing the full impacts on the LGBTQ community.

We’ve seen already how COVID-19 has disparate impacts across existing social inequities, including race and ethnicity, and we know LGBTQ communities also have disparate health outcomes where data is reported. 

The lack of demographic data for LGBTQ people is a glaring blindspot in our demographic tracking and reporting on COVID-19. LGBTQ people are already more vulnerable to housing insecurity, incarceration, and certain pre-existing conditions, and our LGBTQ communities deserve to know how they’re being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 
 Have you completed the Census?
More than half of the households in the US have filled out the Census–that’s nearly 80 million responses! We aim to count everyone accurately; it’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Results of the 2020 Census will help determine how billions of dollars will reach our communities. When you do the census, it helps our city get money for schools, hospitals, roads, social services and more. 

If you haven’t done so already, visit https://2020census.gov/ to fill out the Census. 
 Complete the CensusApply to the Youth Commission
The Sunset is looking for a new Youth Commissioner! If you are between the ages of 12 and 23, you can apply to serve on the Youth Commission for the 2020-2021 term.

The Youth Commission is the official youth voice in City Hall ensuring that young people have a role and a voice in the policy and budget decisions that impact their lives. Throughout the year long term, Commissioners are offered budget and policy advocacy training, leadership development skills, and technical support as they identify the unmet needs of young people, engage in community building, and create lasting change in their communities.

Commissioners come from all different backgrounds, but they all share a common vision of a more progressive future and engage in different approaches to work on issues such as housing, justice , voting rights, and transportation. Click here for more information. Click here to apply.  
 Shop local with #SunsetStrong
The #SunsetStrong blog is now live, featuring stories of neighborhood resiliency and solidarity, and where to shop local. Be sure to check out our latest post featuring our Mother’s Day shopping guide.
 
Please follow our Instagram and Facebook to help spread support for our beloved Sunset small businesses.If you’d like to add or see a business featured, please email Jenny Huang at jenny.huang1@sfgov.org

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