Closed today, the SF Department of Public Health has now declared pot dispensaries "essential." Photo by Lydia Chávez

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Good morning. It is very quiet out there, but already some of the emergency measures for food deliveries have opened. 

At Mission High School, workers were ready to receive the free meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — at 7:30 a.m. to start distributing at 9 a.m. Breakfast arrived on time, but lunch and dinner failed to show up until 9:30 a.m. 

Nevertheless, the line of parents that arrived early, or at 9 a.m., was short and everyone remained calm. 

“I expected more people here,” said Jenny, who was in line with her son. “We were here at 8:30 a.m. and got breakfast, now we’re waiting for lunch and dinner.” 

By 9:20 a.m., the trucks rolled up, crates came down and the school workers — hands gloved — were packing large bags filled with cereal, apples, sandwiches, and other breakfast, lunch and dinner items. They had 300 of each meal to distribute. 

”It’s a big help,” said Elvira, who has worked as a volunteer at various public schools for 15 years, but was in line on Tuesday as a parent. 

Bianca, who works for the school district, was there with her son to pick up his meals. For now, her son is being homeschooled with the packet that schools gave out before students were dismissed for three weeks. “Unfortunately,” her son said as his mother spoke.  

Some parents expected the food pantry to be open with canned foods.  That has not yet happened, but the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, which is coordinating this, told Mission Local today that they will start opening food pantries next week. They do not yet know the schools that will be selected, but we will keep checking back with them and update this as we find out. 

The San Francisco Unified School District’s meal deliveries started today at eight sites including Mission High. On Wednesday, 14 schools will be open to distribute the meals, and on Thursday all 18 sites will be open Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. to pick-up breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk to take home. Cesar Chavez Elementary begins Thursday. See all locations and schedules here.

The food arrives at Mission High School. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Mission Neighborhood Health Center remains open 

Meanwhile, the Mission Neighborhood Health Center wrote in an email that it is “keeping its doors open” 

“While the recent Shelter In Place order is requiring individuals to stay home, Mission Neighborhood Health Center’s mandate is to actively engage in the public health response to the COVID-19 by continuing to provide necessary medical services to our patients,” the press release said.  

However, the clinic is canceling non-urgent appointments and doing what it can to screen patients with cold or flu symptoms over the phone.  

Valencia grocers open and restocking 

Up and down Valencia Street, business after business had posted signs saying they were closed. All of the grocery stores remain open and have restocked after Monday’s panic buying.

James Choi, the owner of Rhea’s Deli and Market on Valencia Street, said he had been at the warehouse to pick up supplies and that everything goes quickly. “If we just picked up what we need, this wouldn’t be a problem,” he said. 

He was limiting customers to two rolls of paper towels a day. Toilet paper? “I don’t have any,” he said. 

At Valencia Whole Foods, Jason Nazzel, the son of the owner and the owner himself of Sidewalk Juice, was wearing a back brace because Monday’s panic buying had been “crazy,” he said. 

At 10:30 a.m., his father was restocking and they were bracing for another big day. 

Rent Relief? 

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen will introduce a rent stabilization loan program for small businesses today to offer no-interest loans of up to $15,000 to business with less than $1.1 million a year in revenue. 

 “Many small businesses in San Francisco operate with extremely tight profit margins and survive month to month. They will be the least able to hang on until federal and state emergency funds begin to flow,” Ronen said in a press release. 

The loans are meant to help cover “three months of rent, mortgage, or fixed operating costs.”

We will follow the legislation to see what happens at the Board of Supervisors today. 

Boys & Girls Clubs

Amal Aziz, the senior director of city-wide services, wrote today that the “Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, with the exception of Tenderloin Clubhouse, are open at limited capacity.” You can get hours and more information here. The Mission Club House at 901 Alabama St. is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pot Dispensaries deemed “essential” (Update, 8 p.m.) 
The announcement was made in tweet:
Cannabis is an essential medicine for many San Francisco residents. Dispensaries can continue to operate as essential businesses during this time, while practicing social distancing and other public health recommendations.

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Mission Street, Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. Photo by Lydia Chávez.
Dolores Park, Monday, March 16 at 2:43 p.m. Photo by Emma Silvers.

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We will update as we hear more.

COVID-19: San Francisco and state eviction moratoriums don’t prevent no-fault evictions, March 17

San Francisco Mayor calls for calm and panic buying ensues March 16

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COVID-19: Ingleside police station closes for cleaning after officers potentially exposed, March 16

COVID-19 Mission District updates. March 16

COVID-19: Mission District business dipped on Saturday night, and, by Sunday, Flour + Water Pizzeria and others had closed (update 3:19 p.m.), March 15

Covid Updates, Saturday, March 14, 2020En Español

Covid Updates from Friday, March 13, 2020

Parents react to news of school closures, March 12, 2020

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  1. Nothing essential about dispensaries unless you have cancer or refractory seizures. Should only be sold to those with true reason not bullshit like “I get headaches.”

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