Photo by Mimi Chakarova

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Some useful links: San Francisco Public Health Department’s site on the virus.

The California Department of Health’s  Website. 

And here is a link from that main webpage to the state’s latest updates. 

We posted the updates on school lunches late yesterday so we’re starting off the day with them. En Español

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at Mission HS during the school closures; it’s the only school in the Mission that will do so, but other schools in the city are as well. (Update: As you will see at the link and in the map below, more schools have been added including Cesar Chavez Elementary School.)

Map_ Free Meals During School Closures

Map of where you can pick up free meals during school closures.

Hillary Ronen says that if pick-up is not available,  residents should call her office. “I know parents in SF are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the sudden school closure.

A few things: 1. At least 15 schools will remain open to distribute healthy meals over the next 2 weeks. If pick up isn’t possible, call my office and we will get help 415-554–5144.

How you can help: The teacher union—UESF—is seeking volunteers to help distribute meals to students facing food insecurity; here’s the Google Form.


Emilie Cole writes on Medium about this and other volunteer/funding opportunities for those in the community wanting to help.


Signing up to help or fund different efforts is critical. In interviewing immigrant parents this week, it became clear that they are also experiencing sharp cutbacks in their work hours and are concerned about their ability to pay for rent and food. We plan to check in with parents against this week for an update on their situations.

“I don’t know what I am going to do, but I have to find another option because I have to pay rent,” said Marta Barrale on Friday, the last day before a three-week closure at Cesar Chavez Elementary and other public schools. Photo by Lydia Chávez

The San Francisco International Film Festival, scheduled to start April 8, has been canceled.


The Marsh, originally hoping to keep audiences smaller, has now canceled its programs through March. 


The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street will be closed temporarily starting Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Update 12:07 p.m.
The Civic Kitchen has canceled classes through March 31.
The SF Bike Coalition’s Family Bike Fest on April 18 has been postponed. Check here for other classes and workshops they have canceled.
A reader notes that our featured photo is of the Dollar store near 24th street.
“It might be worth telling readers that this store has been selling isopropyl alcohol that is ony 40%, which is not an effective antiseptic.  It needs to be 70% alcohol ideally, but definitely over 60%.  Rainbow’s hand sanitizer (2 per customer) is 65%; the Walgreens brand parallel to Purell is 70%, and a spray sanitizer from Walgreens (Everyone brand) is 62%. “
Update 1:02 p.m.
All concerts at Davies Symphony Hall have been canceled through April 30, 2020. Some on this list have been rescheduled. 
While we reported earlier that La Taqueria will close after it. finishes up on Sunday, other restaurants are trying to remain open. The Delfina group wrote in an email today that they remain open and are taking extra precautions including single-use menus and creating more space between tables.  They report that their sales are down 3- to 70 percent depending on the location.
More useful links. 
From the Washington Post, which is not charging for this content: Mapping the Spread.   And What you need to know.

And a reminder, your donations keep us at work. Thank you to all who support us. If you have not and you read Mission Local regularly, please do. 

Stay safe. Here, again, is the video from the World Health Organization on how to wash your hands — one of the most important things an individual can do to prevent the spread of the virus.

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  1. Banks and landlords should eliminate rent for those that can’t work due to COVID-19 disrupting people’s livelihoods.

  2. Aside from the medical problems being caused by this virus, there’s another problem developing for seniors because of this illness.

    Many seniors are already isolated either because of no family left or due to geography.

    With the closure of many senior services and lunch programs, seniors are being pushed further into isolation. This can result in depression and death that can go beyond this virus.