Supervisor Aaron Peskin at a press conference in Nob Hill. Laura Wenus / Public Press

Supervisor Proposes Limit on Disruptive Construction

Supervisor Aaron Peskin has introduced legislation that aims to keep landlords from engaging in construction work in ways that disrupt the lives of their tenants who are sheltering in place. For example, it would require that landlords provide alternative electrical and water supplies if the construction they’re doing results in either being shut off.   Read more
The Department of Public Health has identified the Palace of Fine Arts as a possible location for a pop-up ward wards to be used in the event of a coronavirus surge.

S.F. Identifies Sites for Pop-Up COVID-19 Wards in Case of Surge

San Francisco has identified a handful of potential pop-up wards to be used in the event of a coronavirus surge to house nearly 500 COVID-positive patients who do not require hospitalization but who cannot recuperate on their own because of their housing status or medical conditions, the Department of Emergency Management confirmed in a series of emails last week.  Read more
San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Screen capture from SFGovTV

S.F. Reopening on Pause With No New Timeline Set

San Francisco officials on Tuesday announced that because coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, indoor restaurants and outdoor bars will not be permitted to reopen on July 13, a previous target date, and no new timeline has been established. For some other businesses, reopening guidance is expected by the end of the week.   Read more
San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón. Screen shot from press conference

Amid Increased Hospitalizations, Government Officials Urge Caution Over July 4 Weekend

San Francisco public officials warned that people should avoid gatherings to celebrate July 4, as infection rates and hospitalizations linked to the COVID-19 pandemic have surged over the past week. Dr. Tomás Aragón, San Francisco Health Officer, and Joaquín Torres, the director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, urged San Franciscans to get outside to some of the area’s surrounding nature over the holiday weekend in lieu of attending indoor gatherings.   Read more
San Francisco Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said Friday at an online news conference that the city was working with contact tracers to identify the sources of increased cases of coronavirus infection.

San Francisco Pauses Reopening as Coronavirus Infections Rise

Mayor London Breed has ordered a halt to plans to further reopen the city on Monday, June 29, amid a spike in coronavirus cases.  On Thursday, June 25, the city recorded 103 new cases. That’s a huge jump compared with the 20 new cases a day the city registered starting June 15, when it allowed some in-store retail and sidewalk dining at restaurants in the first loosening of the shelter-in-place order.   Read more

Landlords Threaten to Sue Over S.F. Eviction Ban

A landlords’ group plans to sue San Francisco over tenant protections established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the organization’s executive director. The Board of Supervisors this month approved a permanent ban on evictions for rents unpaid from mid-March through July.  Read more