COVID-19 Information for Port Tenants

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EXTENDED TENANT RELIEF

As San Francisco shelters in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the economic costs of that prudent health policy are becoming more evident every day. The Port of San Francisco empathizes with the plight of all of its tenants, because in both good times and bad, the Port’s success is intertwined with the success of its tenants.

On April 28, 2020, the Port Commission adopted its Resolution No. 20-18 which ratified and extended the Port Tenant Relief Policy on the same material terms through May 31, 2020 (the “Extended Port Policy”).  The Resolution directs the following:

  • Port staff will waive all late charges, default interest and associated penalties and fees for any delinquent rent payments that were or are due for use of Port property during the period of March 1 through May 31, 2020.  
  • Port staff will also follow the policies and timeframes set forth in the Eviction Moratorium Order with respect to the initiation of any default enforcement or eviction process due to the failure to pay rent owed under any commercial lease due to the impact of COVID-19 while the Eviction Moratorium Order or any subsequent extension is in effect.
  • Between now and May 31, 2020 the Port will not issue any Three Day Notice to Pay or Quit for nonpayment of any portion of rent due during the period of March 1 through May 31, 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • The Extended Port Policy does not apply to new tenants executing leases for new space on or after April 1, 2020.  

 

EXTENDED PORT TENANT RELIEF

 

COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY

 

These actions are intended to give tenants confidence in being able to retain their leasehold while they to use their financial reserves on immediately pressing operational needs to remain solvent. All tenant rent is still due and payable in accordance with the applicable lease, license or other agreement; as such the Port will be issuing invoices in its normal course of business. Please review the Extended Executive Directive closely, and if you have questions please contact your assigned Property Manager or Wharfinger as appropriate.

The Port appreciates the time that tenants have taken to fill out our COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey regarding tenant impacts, as it will help the Port monitor the situation and propose further relief as these conditions continue to evolve. If you have not yet filled the COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey, please feel free to provide info on your business or forward to your neighboring tenants to assist in that effort.

 

ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND INFORMATION

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development have information and resources for San Francisco employers and employees concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the OEWD website will be updated as more information and resources are made available.   

TENANTS WEBINAR

The Port partnered on April 17 with the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (SFOEWD) to host a webinar for Port Tenants to discuss the Small Business Assistance Programs available locally including the  Payment Protection Program, Emergency Injury Disaster Loan, City Programs, and assistance for employers and employees. Watch the recorded webinar and download the presentations on Port Business Resources and Small Business Association resources.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Visit the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) for the most up-to-date general information about COVID-19.

SFDPH has issued Minimum Environmental Cleaning Standards for Business, Schools, and SRO Settings, which provides guidance of the cleaning and disinfection standards for rooms or common areas of those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19 have visited.

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC) has compiled a list of products that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against COVID-19.