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Homeless Activists’ Latest Tactic: Occupying Hotel Rooms

Seven protesters from Poor Magazine, a publication and activist organization, attempted to occupy the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown San Francisco on Monday morning to demand that the city house more homeless residents in the thousands of hotel rooms left vacant during the coronavirus pandemic.

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S.F. Targets 13 Tenderloin Blocks for Tent Relocation, Cleanup, Services

In response to an increase in tent encampments in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood, city officials will target 13 blocks with outreach, services, cleaning and enforcement. People living in some encampments will be asked to relocate to permitted sites, and the city will open one such site with 50 spaces on Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets.

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Testing Expanded for Essential S.F. Workers

As part of an effort to expand testing to all San Franciscans the city is offering free coronavirus testing to all essential workers, even those without symptoms.
Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the city’s Public Health Department, said Monday that testing is now available to all public and private workers deemed essential, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

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S.F. Street-Closure Program Draws Criticism for Limited Scope

Some city officials are dissatisfied with new transit rules that are intended to help pedestrians follow social-distancing guidelines by stepping into streets when necessary. Through its new Slow Streets Program, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will begin closing some streets to through traffic, freeing up space so that maintaining six feet of separation is easier.

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S.F. Officials Announce Mask Requirement

San Francisco officials announced at a press conference Friday that a regional rule requiring residents to cover their noses and mouths when riding public transportation or conducting essential business would go into effect at midnight.