COVID-19 News: April 10, 2020

  • The CDC issued guidance for running essential errands, including grocery shopping, getting gas, and banking. While most of it is predictable and in line with common sense, if you’d like to take a look you can access the guidance here!
  • Yesterday, Governor Newsom issued an executive order regarding upcoming local elections. Three local elections through May and June will be all-mail ballot elections with in-person voting available provided as necessary, consistent with public health and safety guidance. The three elections are a May 19, 2020 special recall election in the City of Santa Ana; a June 2, 2020 special municipal election scheduled in the City of Commerce; and a special recall election in the El Rancho Unified School District, also scheduled for June 2, 2020. 
  • Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that workers in California who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving the additional $600 weekly as part of the Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) established by the CARES Act. To read more, click here.
    • The announcement came with the very unfortunate statistic that more Californians have filed unemployment claims in the last four weeks than in all of 2019.
  • Yesterday, the Governor also announced some new action regarding resources for health care workers. California is partnering with United Airlines to provide free round-trip flights for volunteer medical professionals from all over the state and country who can join California’s health care workforce. Additionally, California created a program to give access to no-cost or low-cost hotel rooms to “critical front-line health care workers”. To read about these new programs and resources, click here.
  • San Francisco Mayor Breed announced expanded resources to address the mental health of front-line responders and health care workers. The City is partnering with Cordico, an online mental wellness provider, to create a new resource for first responders. To read more, click here.
  • This morning, Mayor Breed announced a delivery fee cap to help San Francisco restaurants during the crisis. The City is capping what third-party delivery providers can charge restaurants to a 15% commission. More information can be found here.

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