Volunteers working at the pop pantry at Mission High School. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Relief for restaurants using delivery services

Mayor Breed and Supervisors Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin announced a temporary 15 percent limit on the commission that third-party food delivery companies can charge restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The cap will be in effect through the remainder of the local emergency, or until businesses are permitted to reopen for dine-in service, whichever comes first,” according to the press release.

Peskin said at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting that the cap would be 10 percent so we’ll have to check in with what happened there.

Mayor Breed issued this order as part of a supplement to the local emergency declaration she made on February 25. All supplemental declarations are available here. Here is our map of Mission restaurants available for takeout.

More good news: The Thursday farmer’s market at 22nd and Bartlett will resume on Thursday, April 30. Huzzah! 

And some help. For those who might not be in a safe place and cannot make a phone call to 911, you can now text 911.  

It hopes to provide a “life-saving option for people in situations, including domestic violence, where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1,” according to the announcement from Mayor London Breed and Department of Emergency Management Executive Director Mary Ellen Carroll. 

“With people staying at home, it is a particularly difficult and dangerous time for people experiencing domestic violence. We’ve secured apartments for victims of domestic violence during this stay at home order, and now with text to 9-1-1 we’re making it easier for victims to contact the police safely as well,” Mayor Breed said in the announcement. 

San Francisco’s Text to 9-1-1 service is intended primarily for use in three emergency scenarios: 

  • When someone is in a situation where it is not safe to place a voice call to 9-1-1;
  • When an individual is deaf, hard-of-hearing, or has a speech disability; and
  • When a medical emergency arises that renders the person incapable of speaking.

Duc Loi is handing out face masks for $1 apiece as shoppers enter.

Dance Mission and ODC are keeping us moving with online classes. 

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s day at Mission High School have been changed from Thursday to Tuesday, starting April 14, 2020. They will still run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The amount of food being distributed has shot up by 300 bags a visit to 1,200, but the volunteers say the biggest rush is right when they open, so it is best to come later in the day.

And if you are free at 1 p.m. today, you can watch Mayor London Breed’s briefing here.

Stay safe, be well. We will get through this! 

 And, if you haven’t yet, help  keep  us going. 

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  1. Many restaurants barely have a 15% profit margin to begin with, so if those rapacious delivery services were taking more than that from these hardworking folks, then that is disgusting. This structure values white collar work (so they built a website! And exploit gig workers!) over the very real labor of preparing and cooking food and running a restaurant. I personally avoid using all the delivery services.

    1. I’m not sure why the hate against delivery companies. You’re more than welcome to walk/drive to the restaurant and pick it up yourself if you feel like they shouldn’t get their cut for bringing fresh food to your door… As far as the delivery companies being greedy, yeah I don’t love their business model, but at the end of the day, there are 4-5 major delivery services out there, and if there’s one thing we know about competition it’s that it drives profits to zero for all participants (otherwise you get outbid and you lose). So their current fees probably have less to do with being greedy, and more to do with being a reflection of the actual cost of taking hot food from a restaurant kitchen and having it by your doorstep within 15 minutes.

  2. Will the City’s take on revenues and profits be capped as well??
    a major reason for the razor-sharp margin on which a restaurant operates in San Francisco is the greedy pay-to-play scheme institutionalized in the shape of fees, taxes, permits, licenses, etc.

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