Coronavirus - What You Need To Know

As of Thursday night, March 19, Governor Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay at home until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only those with essential jobs or providing essential services can go to work. For the sake of public health, please comply. You can read the order here.

> California's comprehensive website on COVID-19 can be found here.  

> Definition of essential workers can be found here.

> Details of what's open and what you can do can be found here.

Updated March 31: The Bay Area Shelter-In-Place Order has been extended through May 3rd. In many cases, the Bay Area Order may be more restrictive than the State Order.

Additional resources available by clicking a header below to go to the section of interest:

HEALTH

KIDS

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

TRANSPORTATION

HOW CAN RESIDENTS HELP?

Medical Professionals/Students: A major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge was launched March 30. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps. Please visit the new Health Corps website. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.

Community Members: There are many ways you can help during this public health crisis and stay safe. You can donate blood and medical supplies, and/or volunteer at the food bank. Please click here to see the list of possible ways you can support our communities in Assembly District 19.

2020 CENSUS

The 2020 Census is still important! Please take the time to take your unique code from the census form you have received in the mail and answer the questions online. It takes 10 minutes. If you don't, we could lose federal funding and representation in Washington DC.

 

> STOP HATE: In addition reporting to law enforcement, please help track hate crimes or incidents related to COCVID-19 by inputting it here 

> STOP PRICE GOUGING: If you encounter significant price gouging, please contact the CA Attorney General at (800-952-5225) or this website.


SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER IN EFFECT

Updated March 30:

Local public health departments, including those in Assembly District 19, have extended the Shelter In Place Order in the Bay Area until May 3rd, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. The original order for residents to restrict travel was to end April 7.

All residents must stay home. Functions that are vital to an individual or their family, such as getting food, going to the medical appointments, or providing for a sick loved one, can be continued.Only those with jobs that are deemed essential can go to work. Note that the extended order is more restrictive, such as the addition of more jobs considered non-essential and the closure of recreational areas, including parks and playgrounds.

Assembly District 19:

San Francisco County Order can found here.

San Francisco Shelter in Place FAQs are here.

San Mateo County Order can be found here:

San Mateo County Shelter In Place FAQs are here.

Updated March 19:

As of Thursday night, March 19, Governor Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay at home until further notice, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only those with essential jobs or providing essential services can be out. For the sake of public health, please comply. You can read the order here.

Details of what's open and what you can do can be found here.


PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

The best way for us all to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home. Stay socially distant from others, especially kids. Don't let them hang out or engage in play dates.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • Keep common spaces clean to help maintain a healthy environment for you and others. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly with disinfecting sprays, wipes or common household cleaning products.
  • Take care of each other and check in by phone with friends, family and neighbors who are vulnerable to serious illness or death if they get COVID-19.
  • Offer to shop for an elderly neighbor.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

 Health Care Settings: Avoid as possible, protect the vulnerable

  • Long term care facilities must have a COVID-19 plan in accordance with DPH guidelines.
  • Long term care facilities must screen all staff and visitors for illness and turn away those with symptoms.
  • The general public should avoid going to medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.
  • If you are ill, call your health care provider ahead of time, and you may be able to be served by phone.
  • Do not visit emergency rooms unless it is essential. 

Transit: Cleaning and Protection for those commuting for essential jobs:

  • Increase cleaning of vehicles and high touch surface areas.
  • Provide hand washing/hand sanitizers and tissues in stations and on vehicles.

CHILD CARE

San Francisco’s emergency child and youth care centers will expand their operating hours to better align with the schedule of health care workers. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will also expand their emergency care program to provide child care for additional essential employees. This is part of the City’s efforts to support essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free emergency child and youth care is available to frontline employees who are working in San Francisco, and is not limited to San Francisco residents. Starting on Monday, March 23rd, care will be available at all 35 Recreation and Park Department sites from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to support health care workers in public and private hospitals who typically have 12‑hour shifts.

Additionally, the City will begin providing care to children of Disaster Services Workers, essential Department of Public Health employees, and employees who are part of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium. This is in addition to providing child care for health care workers and low-income families on the Recreation and Park scholarship list, as was announced earlier this month.

San Francisco Recreation and Park’s recreation facilities serve grades K through 8, Monday through Friday. The emergency care centers are operated in partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF). Dedicated recreation professionals operate these facilities, providing homework help and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including sports, art and STEM projects. DCYF provides three meals a day to all participants.

More information here.


COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS TESTING INFORMATION

If you:

  • Experience symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath
  • Experience symptoms of fever and cough and have come in contact with someone confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • Experience symptoms of fever and cough and have been hospitalized recently with pneumonia, regardless of cause

Call your primary care provider; your provider will evaluate your condition and refer you to testing.

If you do not have a primary care provider:

  • In San Francisco: You can go to the San Francisco Department of Public Health Urgent Care, located at 50 Ivy Street, from Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Friday 8:00AM -5:00 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, seek care at an emergency room. For any questions, call 311.
  • In San Mateo County: Get enrolled in the county’s Access and Care for Everyone (ACE) program for the uninsured by calling the Health Coverage Unit of the Health Plan of San Mateo at 650-616-2002. Once you are enrolled, you will then be referred to a provider at a nearby San Mateo Medical Center clinic. For more information on ACE, visit https://www.hpsm.org/member/ace.

There have been plans announced for an online tool, to be developed by Verily, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, to help triage individuals and direct them to testing facilities if necessary. This will be rolled out for testing in the Bay Area at some point in the near future. As information becomes available, we will post updates.

For more information and resources, visit:


UNEMPLOYMENT

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period for Unemployment and Disability Insurance, so you can collect benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the Employment Development Department (EDD) processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Federal Stimulus Highlights:

  • Additional $600 per week on top California's benefits, which is up to $450 a week
  • Unemployment benefits extended another 13 weeks
  • Additional income could count when determining eligibility for means-tested programs, except Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Self-employed workers, such as gig workers, freelancers & indepedent contractors are now covered

Reduced Work Hours/Work Closed

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

School Closures

If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

To apply for Unemployment Insurance, you will need to provide your personal information:

  • Last employer information including company name, supervisor’s name, address (mailing and physical location) and phone number
  • Last date worked and the reason you are no longer working
  • Gross earnings in the last week you worked, beginning with Sunday and ending with your last day of work
  • Information on all employers you worked for during the past 18 months, including name, address (mailing and physical location), the dates of employment, gross wages earned, hours worked per week, hourly rate of pay, and the reason you are no longer working.
  • Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance, Standard Form 8 (former federal employees only)
  • DD 214 Member 4 copy (ex-military only)
  • Citizenship status, and, if you are not a U.S. citizen, information from your employment authorization document

Self-Employed

The available benefits are insurance programs. To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.

Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 as certified by a medical professional, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

You must provide the following information to file a DI claim:

  • First and last name.
  • Social Security number.
  • California Driver License number.
  • Most current employer’s business name, phone number, and mailing address (as stated on your W-2 or paystub).
  • Last date you worked your regular duties and hours or date you began working at less than full duty or modified duty.
  • Physician/Practitioners Certificate verifying disability status.

Apply online here.

Caregiving

If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

You must provide the following information to file a PFL claim:

  • First and last name.
  • Social Security number.
  • California Driver License number.
  • Most current employer’s business name, phone number, and mailing address (as stated on your W-2 or paystub).

Provide the following information only if it applies to you:

  • Any wages you received or expect to receive from your employer (sick leave, paid time off, vacation pay, annual leave, and wages earned after your stopped working).
  • Any workers’ compensation claim information.

Additional information that may be needed:

  • Bonding – New Mother: No additional documents needed.
  • Bonding – Other: Mothers without a prior pregnancy disability claim, new fathers, and foster or adoptive parents will need to provide a Proof of Relationship document with their claim. You can mail it as a paper document to be matched to your claim or scan and upload it to your computer to submit with your claim using SDI Online. Select File a New Claim under the main menu on your home page and select Submit Electronic Paid Family Leave Bonding Attachment.
  • Care Claims: Along with your Part A Statement of Claimant, you must also provide the Care Recipient’s Authorization for Disclosure of Personal Health Information and Part C - Statement of Care Recipient signed by the care recipient or their authorized representative. These additional forms can be downloaded from the confirmation page when Part A is submitted online. You can scan and upload it to your computer to submit with your claim using SDI Online. Select File a New Claim under the main menu on your home page and select Submit Electronic Paid Family Leave Care Attachment. If using the paper claim form, it can be mailed to the EDD in the envelope provided.
  • You also need Part D - Physician/Practitioner’s Certification of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) completed and signed by the care recipient’s physician/practitioner. Provide your Form Receipt Number to the physician/practitioner so they can submit the medical certification. The physician/practitioner can submit the certification using SDI Online or you can have them complete and sign a paper version. 

FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECKS

Most adults will get $1,200 each. Some will receive less. It depends on your income.

  • Single adults with Social Security numbers who have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will get the full amount.
  • Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less will receive a total of $2,400.
  • Taxpayers filing as head of household will get the full payment if they earned $112,500 or less.
  • For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500.

Above those income figures, the payment is reduced until it stops altogether for single people earning $99,000 or married people who have no children and earn $198,000. A family with two children will no longer be eligible for any payments if its income surpassed $218,000, according to the Senate Finance Committee

If someone claims you as a dependent, even if you’re an adult, you will not get a payment. In most instances, everyone must have a valid Social Security number in order to be eligible. There is an exception for members of the military.

If the Internal Revenue Service already has your bank account information, it will transfer the money to you via direct deposit around mid-April, based on the recent income-tax figures it already has. Everyone will get a confirmation in the mail a few weeks afterwards on where the payment went and in what form. Contact information for the IRS will be on the notice if the money cannot be located.


SCHOOL CLOSURES

All Bay Area Schools are closed through May 1st.

For Assembly District 19, you can find San Francisco Unified's information here; San Mateo County's is here.


RESIDENTIAL EVICTION DELAYS/MORATORIUMS

Assemblymember Phil Ting has introduced AB 828, legislation that would put a moratorium on residential evictions/foreclosures and provide a framework for repayment. Meanwhile on March 27, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.

The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.

You can read the executive order here.

In the two counties in Assembly District 19, eviction moratoriums were already in place:

San Francisco County Protections:The eviction moratorium will be in effect for 30 days (from March 13), and can be extended by the Mayor for another 30 days through an Executive Order. If the Local Emergency declared by the Mayor is rescinded at any point, the moratorium will cease to be in effect.

  • Under the order, a tenant must notify their landlord that they cannot pay rent due to a COVID-19 related impact.
  • Within one week of this notice, the tenant must provide documentation or other objective information that they cannot pay rent.
  • Tenants will have up to six months after the termination of the emergency declaration to repay any back due rent.

San Mateo County Protections:

  • Applies to entire county, including incorporated cities
  • Until May 31, to conform with Gov's Executive Order; can extend if emergency continues
  • Prohibited:
    • Evictions for non-payment of rent, if tenant demonstrates through documentation that inability to pay is linked to COVID-19 pandemic
    • No-fault termination of tenancy unless necessary for the health and safety of the tenant or other residents, the landlord or the landlord's family
    • Issuing three-day notice to pay rent or quit or a notice of no-fault termination of tenancy
    • Enforcing a termination of tenancy through an unlawful detainer filing in an eviction started before this was passed
  • The county housing office will develop a form that landlords must provide tenants with notice of this change as well as the amount of rent due; if they cannot pay, the tenant then has to write to the landlord that the amount will be a "delayed payment." A landlord cannot charge late fees for these delayed payments.
  • Tenant provides documentation alongside notice of inability to pay; obligation to pay is terminated during the duration of the emergency
  • The tenant then has 90 days to pay back rent after the emergency is over; extendable in 30-day periods if documentation provided of need, up to a total of 180 days

Entire regulation can be read here: Revised San Mateo County Emergency Resolution


WATER SHUTOFF RESTRICTIONS TO HOMES & SMALL BUSINESSES

On April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order, restricting water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order protects consumers who may not be able to pay for their water service from shutoffs. Already, over 100 public and private water systems across California have voluntarily suspended water shutoffs for non-payment as a result of COVID-19. Under the order, the State Water Resources Control Board will issue best practices and guidelines on support for the state’s water systems during this time.

“This executive order will help people who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring they have water service,” said Governor Newsom. “Water is critical to our very lives, and in this time, it is critically important that it is available for everyone.”

Additionally, the executive order will restore water for occupied residences that may have had their water shut off as of March 4, 2020, which is when the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

The order can be found here.


MUNI SERVICE CHANGES

Starting Monday, 3/30, the following temporary service changes will take effect until further notice:

Muni Metro service:

  • Subway service will be suspended and replaced by bus substitutions.
    • The following stations will be closed:
      • West Portal, Forest Hill, Castro, Church and Van Ness.
    • Downtown stations shared with BART will remain open during BART operating hours. However, the Muni section will be closed at the following stations:
      • Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery and Embarcadero. 
  • Bus shuttles will provide service on all Muni Metro lines.
    • Bus shuttles will use the same stop locations as the Early Morning Metro Bus Service
    • The interval times on weekdays will be:
      • 10-minutes for the N Bus.
      • 12-minutes for all other lines.
    • The interval times on weekends will be:
      • 15-minutes on all lines.
  • Arrival times for Metro train service will no longer be available. For Metro bus shuttle service arrival time predictions, please check Nextbus for:
    • JBus
    • KTBus
    • LBus
    • MBus
    • NBus

Rapid Route service:

  • Service on the 5R, 9R, 28R, and 38R will be suspended. Use local bus service.
    • The 5 will use longer coaches, serving all local stops between Cabrillo/La Playa and the Transit Center for all hours of service.
    • The 9 will use longer coaches, serving all local stops between Sunnydale/McLaren School and Main/Mission for all hours of service.
    • The 38 will extend to 48th Ave after serving the VA hospital.
  • The 14R will continue to operate.

Beginning Saturday, April 4:

  • Weekend 47 service will be suspended.
    • Use the 49 which will be extended to Fisherman's Wharf (weekends only).

Previously announced service changes:

  • Express, 41, 88 and E Line service suspended
  • Bus shuttles providing all cable car and F Line service
    • F Line service will be between Ferry & Pier 39 only

REDUCED BART SERVICE

BART is taking swift action to reduce operating costs as ridership levels have declined by 90% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place orders.  BART has done an exhaustive review of ridership and train car loads this week and will make the following changes to service until further notice:

  • Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, BART will provide service Monday-Friday from 5am-9pm (currently service is 5am-midnight). Current weekday train frequency will remain.
  • Starting Saturday March 28, 2020, Saturday and Sunday service will be from 8am-9pm (currently Saturday service is 6am-midnight and Sunday is 8am-midnight). Current weekend train frequency will remain.

All riders must be in the system by 8:45pm to have a guaranteed ride to their destination.

BART will monitor ridership data each day to determine how long these service hours will be in effect.

For more information and alternatives, please read BART's announcement here.


SPECIAL GROCERY SHOPPING HOURS FOR SENIORS & THOSE WITH COMPROMISED HEALTH

To ensure less contact with the public, seniors and those with compromised health have been given special shopping hours.

Costco: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Safeway: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Lucky California Supermarkets: 6:00 am - 9:00 am Tuesdays & Thursdays

Target: First Hour of Shopping on Wednesdays

Walgreens: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Tuesdays

Whole Foods: One Hour Before Opening to General Public Daily


ELIGIBILITY FOR CA SOCIAL SAFETY NET SERVICES EXTENDED

Taking action to ensure that California’s most vulnerable residents can continue to receive health care, food assistance and in-home supportive services in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order today to extend the eligibility period for important safety net services.

The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:

  • Medi-Cal health coverage
  • CalFresh food assistance
  • CalWORKS
  • Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and
  • In-Home Supportive Services

The change will allow current recipients of these safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption.

You can read the executive order here.


HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH COVERED CALIFORNIA 

Effective March 20, anyone uninsured and eligible to enroll in health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through the end of June.

The Department of Health Care Services announces new steps to help those eligible for Medi-Cal sign up easily and get immediate coverage.

The moves come amid widespread disruption in the lives and livelihoods of Californians as public health officials seek to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

All medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 are free of charge, and all health plans available through Medi-Cal and Covered California offer telehealth options.

These actions build on increased state subsidies and the implementation of a state penalty, both of which took effect in January 2020.

Visit Covered California's website here.


FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS SUSPENDED

Federal Stimulus Highlights

  • Automatic payment suspension for any student loan held by the federal government through September 30, 2020
  • Interest will not accrue during the suspension period

REAL ID IMPLEMENTATION DELAYED TO OCT 1, 2021

Updated March 26: Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days. Read more here.


ALL DMV OFFICES ARE CLOSED; OPENS VIRTUALLY APRIL 2 

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is moving to offer Californians essential services online starting early April to continue processing critical transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Field offices will be temporarily closed to the public statewide beginning March 27 and reopen, virtually, on April 2. All in-office appointments at this time will be canceled. Customers are encouraged to check the dmv.ca.gov website for future appointment availability.

DMV online services will continue to be available at dmv.ca.gov. Customers can also take care of many tasks at the hundreds of kiosks throughout the state or through available local business partners. DMV’s customer service centers will continue to operate during normal business hours at 1-800-777-0133 or connecting via the live chat feature on the DMV website.

The Virtual Field Office gives customers the capability to take care of transactions that previously required an in-person office visit by virtually interacting with DMV staff. Beginning April 2, customers initially can complete vehicle title transfers and complex vehicle registration renewals by visiting virtual.dmv.ca.gov. The DMV will gradually add more transactions to continue to provide alternatives to an in-person office visit.

In a move to further discourage people across the country from going to their DMV, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that the REAL ID enforcement date is October 1, 2021, and customers who want a REAL ID will have an opportunity to apply at a later date.

The temporary closing of California's DMV offices is the latest in a number of actions the DMV already has taken during the coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • Requesting California law enforcement to exercise discretion, for 60 days beginning March 16, before issuing citations for driving with a recently expired license or vehicle registration.
  • Instituting appointment-only service for transactions that require an in-office visit.
  • Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests to honor social distancing guidelines. 
  • Suspending extended office hours and Saturday service.

Update: April 2

120-Day Extension for Drivers 70 and Over

The DMV is providing a 120-day extension to Californians age 70 and older with a driver license that expires from March 1 to May 31, 2020. This action ensures this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

California law requires drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their license but gives the DMV authority to issue extensions – no individual action required. Eligible drivers will receive a paper license extension in the mail beginning in the next two weeks. The expiration dates will reflect a minimum of 120 days before renewal is required. Around 860,000 seniors visit DMV offices every year for the required in-person license renewal.

Waiving In-Person Renewals for Eligible Drivers and Identification Cardholders

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order on March 30 temporarily waiving for 60 days the requirement for Californians with safe driving records to renew their driver license in-person at a DMV field office. The Executive Order also temporarily waives required in-person renewals for identification cards.


SMALL BUSINESSES/EMPLOYERS/NONPROFITS

State Treasurer, Fiona Ma, has compiled a list of resources available to small businesses. The list can be found here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest loans up to $2 million for small businesses, nonprofits of any size, small agricultural cooperatives, and small aquaculture enterprises. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75%. Loan repayment terms can last as long as 30 years.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

Applicants may apply online and receive more information here.

The Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:

  • The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and
  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained. Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.

Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months

The program began April 3, but banks won't be ready to accept applications for a few more days.

More info here.

Sales & Use Tax Deferment

The state also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.

CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK)

California offers the following loan programs for nonprofits and small businesses from one to 750 employees. For more information on how to apply, visit the IBANK website.

NEW 'MICROLENDING' PROGRAM: The state is allocating $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for loan guarantees to small businesses to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities.

DISASTER RELIEF LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM (DRLGP): IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss Resources for Businesses and/or physical damage may apply. This disaster program will help lenders and small businesses by providing loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.

JUMP START LOAN PROGRAM: IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program. IBank established the Jump Start Loan Program in 2016 as a small loan and financial literacy/technical assistance program designed for low-income small businesses in low-wealth communities, including businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and those previously incarcerated. Access to IBank’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and Jump Start Loan Program can be made through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs).

City of San Francisco Programs

The City of San Francisco provides a variety of programs to help local businesses. Visit their website for the more information.

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.

SF Small Business Revolving Loan Fund

The City-sponsored Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides access to capital, including microloans and technical assistance.

SF Emerging Business Loan Fund

The Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) offers loans ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to qualifying commercial projects.

Paid Sick Leave - Workers and Families First program

The City will contribute up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave time to employees beyond existing policies through the Workers and Families First Program. This new program provides financial assistance to businesses and nonprofits and may support over 16,000 additional weeks of sick leave pay and coverage for up to 25,000 San Francisco employees. All San Francisco businesses are eligible, with up to 20% of funds reserved for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

Reduced Work Hours

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

Potential Closure or Layoffs

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.

Tax Assistance

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

The Franchise Tax Board has delayed filing deadlines, payment, and penalties for tax filings due between 3/15/20 and 6/15/20 until 715/20. This applies to the Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. More information can be found here.

Business owners and feepayers may request an extension of up to 3 months for tax return due dates, penalties, and interest under the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. More information and an online application can be found here.


TAX DEADLINES

The Franchise Tax Board has delayed filing deadlines, payment, and penalties for tax filings due between 3/15/20 and 7/15/20 until 7/15/20. This applies to the Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. More information can be found here.

For people impact by COVID 19, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has delayed filing and payment deadlines for 2019 federal income taxes until 7/15/20. More information can be found here.

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

Business owners and feepayers may request an extension of up to 3 months for tax return due dates, penalties, and interest under the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. More information and an online application can be found here.


CASH TOLL COLLECTION SUSPENDED ON BAY AREA BRIDGES

Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) today announced the temporary suspension of cash toll collection at the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges until further notice. The move minimizes the risk of exposure for toll collectors and toll payers to COVID-19 during the public health emergency.

This temporary switch to all-electronic tolling will affect drivers who cross the Antioch, Benicia-Martinez, Carquinez, Dumbarton, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay or San Mateo-Hayward bridges. The Golden Gate Bridge adopted full-time all-electronic tolling in 2013.

Beginning March 21, toll booths at all Bay Area toll plazas will be unstaffed. Motorists who normally stop at a toll booth to pay cash should proceed cautiously through the toll plaza without stopping. Automated, high-speed cameras will capture images of the license plates, and the FasTrak® customer service center will process the images and mail a toll invoice to the address at which the vehicle is registered with the DMV.

While invoices will include a heading that reads “Toll Violation Notice,” these transactions will not be considered violations, and the amount due on each notice will be for the toll amount only. The FasTrak® customer service center will waive all toll violation penalties during the period in which cash toll collection is suspended. The escalation of penalties for previous unpaid toll crossings will also be suspended. This will include a temporary halt to referrals to the DMV for a hold on vehicle registration after a second toll violation notice has gone unpaid.

Motorists who normally use a FasTrak® toll tag or license plate account for toll collection will not notice a difference in their statement.

More information here.


HOW  CAN RESIDENTS HELP?

  • Medical Professionals/Students: A major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge was launched March 30. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps. Please visit the new Health Corps website

  • Donate Blood: If you are healthy and able, you can donate blood. Please make an appointment online here through the American Red Cross website..

  • Volunteer at the Food Bank: The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank needs help handing out meals. Additionally, San Mateo County looking for help in delivering food to vulnerable populations.
  • Donate Health/Medical Supplies: Several hospitals/health providers are seeking donations of unused masks, goggles, disinfectants, disposal gloves and hand sanitizers:

SAN MATEO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT MEAL SERVICE

Jefferson Union High School District

NEW Family Food Services: Jefferson High School will host a Second Harvest food bank for families in need on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday March 24. Distribution will start at 1 p.m. for clients that missed out at Teglia, and at 2 p.m. for new clients or existing clients from other programs.

Second Harvest will continue to conduct their Family Harvest Program on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and their Brown Bag Program on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Albert Teglia Community Center, 285 Abbot Ave in Daly City.

Student Food Services:

Jefferson Union High School District Nutrition Services is offering food to-go at three district campuses for all district students.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, there are some rules designed to keep our staff and our families safe when coming on campus to receive the meals:

  • Congregating in groups is not allowed, please practice social distancing
  • Students arriving by car do not need to leave the vehicle and may drive up to a designated place on each campus
  • Students walking on to campus should go to the designated lunch distribution area only
  • Staff will be on hand to give each student a lunch bag and breakfast for the following day
  • Distributed food will need to be consumed or refrigerated by 2 p.m.
  • Families can pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. all weekdays March 18 - May 1 while schools are closed. There WILL be service during Spring Break, April 6-10.

Designated food distribution areas:

  • JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, 6996 Mission St, Daly City - circle drive at the front of campus
  • TERRA NOVA HIGH SCHOOL, 1450 Terra Nova Blvd, Pacifica - front of campus, near the flagpole
  • WESTMOOR HIGH SCHOOL, 131 Westmoor Ave, Daly City - loading zone (white lane) on Edgemont, near the pool

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on site.  We encourage students and families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue and stay home if sick.

Jefferson Elementary School District

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 our district will provide free meals for children, 18 years old and younger, at four locations in our district. Drive-Up / Walk-Up meal pick up will be available from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm., Monday-Friday at all three locations. Children must be present for meals to be served. Adult meals will not be offered during this time. Breakfast and lunch will be available at:

Daniel Webster Elementary School
425 El Dorado Drive
Drive-Up / Walk-Up: Parking lot by the front of Multi-Use Room

Benjamin Franklin Middle School
700 Stewart Avenue
Drive-Up / Walk-Up: Side Parking lot behind Multi-Use Room

Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School
550 East Market Street
Drive-Up / Walk-Up Gymnasium Parking lot on Orange Street

NEW LOCATION: Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
43 Miriam Street
Drive-Up / Walk-Up along Vista Grande Avenue

This program is solely for the pickup of meals and meals cannot be consumed on-site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by immediately leaving the school site and returning home once meals have been distributed.

Bayshore Elementary School District

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (breakfast and lunch handed out in the same bag)

NOTE: There will be no service during Spring Break, April 6-10.

Bayshore Elementary School
155 Oriente Street
Daly City, CA 94014

South San Francisco Unified School District

The South San Francisco Unified School District Nutrition Services is providing an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for the children in their families, at the designated sites of school listed below. Meals will be provided at no cost to all children through age 18. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. The following schools will provide a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following day. Meals will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 16 to April 3rd (Including Spring Break) Meals will be provided in the parking lot or at the entrance of each participating school. Please stay in your car and meals will be distributed, based on the number of children in the car. If you cannot drive to the site you can walk by. Meals will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis and the number of meals will be adjusted based on the number of children needing food.

School Meal Pick-up Sites

  • El Camino High School, 1320 Mission Rd
  • South San Francisco High School, 400 B St
  • Parkway Heights Middle School, 650 Sunset Ave
  • Westborough Middle School, 2570 Westborough Blvd

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals cannot not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue and stay home if sick.


SAN FRANCISCO FREE LUNCHES

Update: Beginning Monday, March 30, SFUSD will be open two days per week but continue to provide five days worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, and any necessary preparation guides.) This new schedule reduces the number of days families need to leave home for pick-up but the amount of food each child will receive remains the same. More info here.

No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present.

SFUSD List of Schools Distributing Meals

SFUSD Map of Sites Distributing Meals