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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The GGRA is here to help. We continue to work with the City, the State, and our leaders in Washington DC to advocate for relief for restaurants, as well as keep our community up to date with information and resources. 
 
We will continue to send updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please call (415) 305-3020 or email me at laurie@ggra.org, thanks! -Laurie

San Francisco Reopening Update
 
In a press conference this morning, Mayor London Breed and Dr. Colfax announced the next steps in San Francisco’s reopening of businesses and activities throughout the month of September. Indoor dining was not listed in the reopening timeline. This is not acceptable.
 
We have asked that the City add the indoor dining timeline to their website. Laurie spoke with several city officials today and we believe that a tentative timeline will be added. Please note that the Department of Health is not willing to assign a specific target date, but should be able to give a general indication, like the month. (which I expect to be late October to November as an earliest possible timeline).
 
We have also asked for a set of criteria that would have to be met in order for SF to move forward to allowing some modified indoor dining.  Laurie will continue to work with city officials and other industry leaders, including the SF Chamber of Commerce, SF Travel and the Hotel Council, to push for clear communication regarding how and when we can reopen indoor dining.
 
We, the GGRA, will also be working on some initiatives for members to help show their support, including asking for signatures on a letter to the city/press. Stay tuned as we develop the next steps and communicate them to you.  As always, feel free to contact Laurie directly with questions/suggestions at laurie@ggra.org.
 
You can find the official press release from the City here.
Free PPE for Small Businesses

The City of San Francisco has secured a large shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support small businesses. The shipment includes hand sanitizers, surgical masks, and face shields. 

In collaboration with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), a one-month supply of PPE will be distributed to local businesses that are open and/or will reopen soon, while supplies last.

To support the City’s equity goals, OEWD developed an equitable distribution plan for the PPE based on the following priorities:

✺ Business located in designated Opportunity Neighborhoods

✺ Low-Income Businesses and those with barriers to access PPE

✺ Micro-Businesses with high volumes of visitors and clients

✺ Micro-Businesses with high touch interactions with the public

San Francisco small businesses that would like to request PPE can do so through their nearest participating community-based organization here
 
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