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Ethics Commission Offices Will be Closed During Shelter in Place Public Health Order, Daily Operations will Continue with Phone, Email and Online Assistance


March 16, 2020

Mayor London N. Breed today announced that the Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco has issued a Public Health Order requiring that residents remain in place, with the only exception being for essential needs. This measure is necessary to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. The Order is effective as of midnight on Tuesday, March 17th and is effective until April 7th, 2020, or until it is amended or extended.

The shelter in place order issued today requires San Franciscans to remain at home and exempts only essential activities and essential government functions that are addressed in the Public Health Order.

As a result, the physical offices of the Ethics Commission will be closed for the duration of the Public Health Order until April 7, unless otherwise noticed. The regular monthly meeting of the Ethics Commission scheduled for Friday, March 20 has been cancelled. Through its telework policy and technology, however, the Ethics Commission remains open for business. Staff will continue to assist with filing guidance, online disclosure tools and resources, advice, and compliance assistance, among its other duties.

Please note that filing deadlines established by law that apply during this period remain in effect and have not been extended.

During this period those who contact the Commission may experience wait times for responses to their requests. Commission staff are continuing to monitor and respond to phone inquiries, emails, and online submissions as needed to help support government transparency and compliance during this difficult and unprecedented public health emergency.

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To stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 alerts and information from the City and County of San Francisco, text COVID19SF to 888-777.

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