Vaccine mandates still a maybe / Four Slow Streets get permanent approval

It's Wednesday, August 4.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that come September residents will have to show proof of Covid vaccination before entering restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues. It was the first U.S. city to do so. 

So, will San Francisco soon follow? Maybe. 

“We’re exploring that,” Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said on Tuesday night regarding the requirement. Last week, Mayor Breed said her office was “looking at vaccine mandates” and “how those could work, depending on the situation.”

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday night, in an online meeting “meant to reassure parents about the district’s Aug. 16 reopening,” news surfaced that SFUSD teachers and staff will not be required to be vaccinated, the Chronicle’s Aidin Vaziri reports

It’s a head-scratching decision, as some on Twitter have pointed out, especially given that in February then-teachers’ union president ​​Susan Soloman said that vaccination requirements were “the best way to keep students, their families, and all staff who work at schools safe, healthy and able to educate without further disruptions.” 

On Wednesday, SFUSD spokesperson Laura Dudnick told me: “We strongly encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated, and have shared numerous opportunities with staff, students and families to access vaccines at our schools and in other places throughout San Francisco.” 

Another interesting thread to follow on the topic will be what happens with San Francisco city workers, who are required to receive the Covid vaccine or face a potential firing. On Wednesday, the Chronicle reported that at least 2,700 city employees, including police officers, bus drivers, and medical professionals, are not yet vaccinated. 

And with that...onto some more news… 

Quick bits: 

  • 💉 Mayor Breed announced a new program on Tuesday, called “Vax to You!,” which will send mobile teams to homes, offices, or events where at least 5 people present want to receive their first vaccine shot. “It’s important that we make it as easy as possible for people,” Breed said. (Chronicle

  • 🤕 On Monday evening, near the corner of Hyde and Geary, marble siding reportedly fell off a building and struck a woman passing by below. The victim’s partner said the injury was “quite severe” and that she’s in intensive care while recovering from a concussion. (SFGate

  • 🚲 On Tuesday, the SFMTA board of directors unanimously approved the first batch of Slow Streets to keep beyond the pandemic. They include Lake Street in the Richmond, Golden Gate Avenue in NOPA, Sanchez Street in Noe Valley, and Shotwell Street in the Mission. (Mission Local

  • 🥂 Ahead of handing out its coveted awards in late September, Michelin put out a list on Wednesday of 10 new Bay Area restaurants catching its attention. San Francisco spots on the list include Marlena (in Bernal Heights), 3rd Cousin (also in Bernal Heights), and Routier (in Pac Heights). (SFist

  • 😍 Black Point Historic Gardens, about an acre of land overlooking Aquatic Park, will open to the public “for the first time ever” on August 25, the SFGate reports. Views from the recently restored, hillside garden look quite nice. (SFGate

And finally…

Last call for those interested in attending tomorrow’s event at Manny’s at 7:30 pm where I’ll be talking about the San Francisco local news scene alongside Annie Gaus of Here/Say Media and Erica Messner of the San Franciscan. 

I’d love for you to attend! Tickets are $10 but 50% with the code: “SFMinuteReader50.”

Proof of vaccine is required at the door (A photo of your card works just fine). But if you’re not going out right now, totally get it. You can also tune in from the comfort of your couch via Zoom. 

Hope you can make it! 

That’s all for today! But before we go, a special shout out to our SF Minute giveaway winner Zach, whose name was randomly selected today to receive a $100 gift card of his liking. Zach picked a certificate to Verve Coffee—a worthy choice. 

Thanks to everyone who sent names and emails our way. We cracked our goal of 2,000 subscribers (currently at 2,050), so maybe when we get close to 3,000, we’ll do this again! 

Have a great night y’all and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.

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