These are the important details we want you to take away as we roll into the weekend before 420:
1) Use this highly visible celebration as an opportunity to meet the moment and shine as an essential industry (Follow all the guidance in this message below);
2) Inform your entire Bay Area networks (see E-40s message here) not to celebrate 420 in San Francisco parks or any parks; and
3) Delivery is preferred.
Operators can anticipate increased community vigilance with regards to running afoul of social distancing. This, however, creates an opportunity for the industry to shine. The industry can showcase its ability to come together to abide by applicable laws, regulations, and health orders as we collectively navigate this pandemic, all while providing the community with essential product.
For individuals seeking to consume cannabis, please do so safely and responsibly and refrain from sharing products with other people. Moreover, both retail and supply chain operators must continue to engage in safe operational practices.
Additional updates below:
Social Distancing Protocol & Sanitation (Employees & Public):
· The OOC takes this opportunity to remind operators that they are responsible for implementing a social distancing protocol. This protocol MUST be posted at or near the entrance of the facility and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees.
· Operators can anticipate increased scrutiny from their neighbors, the press, and government officials this weekend as well as on Monday, April 20. It is imperative that operators observe their social distancing protocol especially during situations with increased foot traffic. Use this day as an opportunity to meet the moment and shine for the industry.
· Operators must limit the number of people who can enter in the facility at any one time. Operators must clearly mark distances in increments of six-feet for consumers waiting to be served. Operators may refer to previously provided guidance available here and here.
· Operators must provide hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of their facility. Additionally, operators must regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Both consumers and operators are encouraged to wash their hands frequently.
Celebrate 420 Virtually
· On Monday, April 13, Mayor London Breed reiterated that individuals should not come to Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park on 420 and to stay home instead. The area will be fenced off and streets to the area will be closed. Police Officers are prepared to issue citations and arrest people if needed.
· Please do not gather at any park which will help to keep San Francisco parks open. San Mateo County and Marin County closed their parks due to the lack of individuals observing social distancing.
· A safe alternative to an in-person gathering is to celebrate 420 virtually over the internet. Many organizations, including non-profit organizations (e.g. Americans for Safe Access, Drug Policy Alliance, NORML) have announced that they’ll host virtual events where individuals can listen to musical performances and hear about cannabis advocacy efforts from the safety of their homes.
· Although the OOC is unable to post to specific events, a cursory internet search should populate a number of virtual 420 opportunities. Consider posting them online or in your store front windows to inform customers while they wait.
· Storefront retailers are permitted to engage in both takeaway and delivery orders. However, the City strongly encourages both operators and consumers to engage in the delivery-only option. This is due to a variety of factors including mitigating exposure to additional points of contact as well as continuing to “shelter in place.”
· Partaking at home? Choose delivery from a licensed and permitted San Francisco dispensary.
· As a reminder curbside pickup is not allowed in San Francisco. We are currently monitoring the situation, and will revisit if circumstances change.
· Only licensed San Francisco dispensaries may deliver cannabis to San Francisco residents. Delivery operators located outside of San Francisco are prohibited from delivering product into the City.
· Please continue to observe social distancing and utilize a mask or cloth facial covering (fabric masks, bandanas).
As of March 31, 2020, the “Shelter in Place” order was extended through May 3, 2020. Thank you in advance for continuing to observe the order. The Office of Cannabis (OOC) continues to operate under reduced capacity with some staff working remotely to ensure the OOC remains operational and some staff being summoned to serve as Disaster Service Workers to support the many needs of our city during these challenging times. For our most recent newsletter, click here; to receive ongoing updates, sign-up here.
The City’s response to COVID-19 is ongoing and the OOC will continue to stay in touch with its stakeholders. Please direct your inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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