This renewed effort comes as the Bay Area and the U.S. see an uptick in the spread of coronavirus.
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San Francisco will recover from COVID-19, but what that recovery looks like and how fast it comes is up to all of us. The We Will Recover campaign is aimed at supporting our community during the upcoming holiday season. https://t.co/em6Pb7H06D pic.twitter.com/EbVsYL6fRG— London Breed (@LondonBreed) November 18, 2020
Staying at home is the "safest thing to do"
The first pillar of the mayor's COVID-19 recovery campaign is "Holidays at Home," which asks San Franciscans to spend the holidays with only those in their households - a request not unique to San Francisco.
"Staying at home and celebrating with your immediate household is the safest thing to do," the city said in a statement Wednesday morning.
This guidance from San Francisco follows a travel advisory issued by California and other West Coast states last week, discouraging non-essential travel and asking out-of-state travelers to quarantine for 14 days.
As an alternative to the usual holiday get-togethers, San Francisco is suggesting virtual holiday parties or preparing family recipes with only the members of your household.
"San Francisco will recover from COVID-19, but what that recovery looks like and how fast it comes is on all of us," Mayor Breed said. "Our individual actions to control the spread of the virus, to support our small businesses, and to help our neighbors in need is the key to our city emerging from the pandemic together."
The most important way you can help is by protecting the health of your loved ones and those around you. This year we need to avoid unnecessary travel and only celebrate with the people who live with us.— London Breed (@LondonBreed) November 18, 2020
For ideas of how to have a safer holiday season: https://t.co/thwZT97V4y
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Supporting local businesses
Another aspect key in San Francisco's recovery amid COVID-19 is "Shop and Dine in the 49" - or shopping and eating local not just during the holiday season, but all year around.
"As we go into a holiday season unlike any other we've experienced, we wanted to show people all of the ways that they could support the city, even during a global pandemic," Breed said.
Small businesses account for more than nine out of 10 businesses in San Francisco, according to the city, and as many of half of those are facing closure because of the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 has hit small businesses hard, and we need to do our part to help them survive. This year, let's support our businesses by staying local and shopping and dining (outdoors, pickup, or delivery) in the 49 square miles of San Francisco. https://t.co/LC31KCs1lY— London Breed (@LondonBreed) November 18, 2020
The small businesses at risk of closing are part of San Francisco's diverse character, said Joaquin Torres, the director of the city's economic and workforce development.
"Every dollar spent at local businesses, especially at our mom and pop shops in the diverse neighborhoods that define our city's character, is essential for the ongoing cultural and economic vitality of San Francisco," he said in a statement to ABC7 News.
So aside from wearing a mask, staying home and keeping a distance from others - spending money locally is another key component in helping San Francisco's economy recovery.
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Helping your neighbors
Another aspect of the city's "We Will Recover" effort is helping your neighbors by giving back.
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In the spirit of giving during the holidays, San Francisco is asking residents to volunteer their time with nonprofit organizations that put food on residents' tables and help them feel less isolated during the unprecedented health crisis.
You can make the holidays a little brighter for someone in need by volunteering your time or donating. There are many ways to give this year, either in-person or from home.— London Breed (@LondonBreed) November 18, 2020
Check out upcoming volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving at https://t.co/yWCwSw43df #ShowYourHeartSF
Residents can deliver Thanksgiving meals, volunteer at a food bank or serve a holiday meal at GLIDE.
Here's what to expect while volunteering at GLIDE during the pandemic.
If you prefer virtual volunteering, residents can volunteer to call older adults or people with disabilities and wish them happy holidays or make holiday cards for those staying at home.
"With COVID, these essential services and friendly calls are more important than ever before. These phone calls help lessen the negative impacts of social isolation for older adults," said Ashley C. McCumber, CEO of Meals on Wheels San Francisco.
To find out which volunteer option is right for you, click here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many feeling helpless, especially this holiday season, but with these efforts in San Francisco, the city has created ways residents can play a part in the local economic recovery.
For more information on the "We Will Recover" campaign, click here.
San Francisco has reported nearly 14,000 cases of COVID-19 in the months since the pandemic began, along with 156 deaths, according to latest city data.
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