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Message from Mayor Glenn Sylvester on COVID-19


Dear Daly City Community,

Daly City is taking proactive steps to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, in close partnership with San Mateo County Health. Daly City staff communicate daily with partners across the peninsula and at the County on the latest information about COVID-19.

If you have non-medical, non-emergency questions about COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or text “coronavirus” or “covid19” to 211211, any time, day or night. Language assistance is available for 180 languages. If you are feeling sick or have medical questions, contact your doctor directly.

All residents should call the City or conduct business online before coming to any City facility in person. We are happy to help you by phone, through our website or with any request you submit on the Daly City iHelp app, available for download on your smartphone. For a list of phone numbers by department, please visit the Daly City homepage.

County Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow, issued guidance to cancel or postpone all non-essential gatherings. Daly City has cancelled the following non-essential events and will continue to update the list as decisions on future events are made:

  • Facility reservations through the end of March are cancelled. Full refunds will be given to renters. The City will likely cancel all facility reservations through mid-April or beyond. No new reservations are being accepted through June 30.
  • Programs at Doelger Senior Center:
    • On March 10, the lunch program at Café Doelger transitioned to a “meals-to-go” only service. Guests are encouraged to leave the premises once they receive their meal.
    • All other programs besides the lunch program are cancelled, including classes.
  • Programs at Lincoln Park Community Center:
    • On March 10, the lunch program transitioned to a “meals-to-go” only service. Guests are encouraged to leave the premises once they receive their meal.
    • Second Harvest Food Bank food distribution continues as scheduled.
  • Libraries currently remain open, but all special programs including storytimes have been cancelled through the end of March. The City will continue to monitor any future school closures and potentially close the libraries at that time.
  • Neighborhood Parking Forums scheduled for March 12, March 18 and March 25
  • All Pro Wrestling, March 14 (Bayshore Community Center)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, March 14
  • Summer Fun Fair, March 14 (Serramonte Center)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Flea Market, March 15 (Pacelli Event Center)
  • Women’s History Month Art Exhibit Opening, March 19 (City Hall)
  • Daly City Partnership’s Earth Day Celebration, March 19
  • Family Literacy and Health Fair, March 28
  • All activities at Pacelli Gym/Merced Room
  • All activities at War Memorial Library and Community Center
  • Tax Assistance Programs at War Memorial and Lincoln Community Centers
  • All activities at Giammona Pool, including swim lessons, lap swim, pool parties, swim practice, etc.
  • Youth Basketball League play-off and championship games postponed until further notice
  • Youth Baseball season start postponed
  • Tiny Tots Program
  • Spring Fun Day, April 4 (Westlake Park)
  • Spring Fever Showcase, April 10


    Please note, After School Recreation Programs continue as long as schools remain open. Please see the below information from local school districts.

    Jefferson Elementary School District:

    The Jefferson Elementary School District continues to work closely with the San Mateo County Health Department and the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) in our preparedness and response to COVID-19 as staff and student wellness is our top priority.

    Following guidelines from the San Mateo County Health Office, we have decided to cancel all large, non-essential events through April 12, 2020. Please know that this decision aligns with the San Mateo County Health Department’s goals for social distancing: to limit people being exposed to the virus by reducing the number of occasions when people come together. Canceling non-essential events allows us to limit contact while also maintaining a school-based learning environment, which aligns with SMCOE’s recommendation to keep schools open.

    We are being vigilant in cleaning common areas such as bathrooms, water faucets, classrooms, playground equipment, and cafeteria as a preventative measure of cleanliness. We are bringing in additional custodial staff to support this effort. Our schools will remain open during this process. Should conditions change, we will re-evaluate this plan.

    Please check the Jefferson Elementary School District website for the latest updates.

    Jefferson Union High School District:

    JUHSD is currently developing a plan for “at home” learning. This is different form closing schools in that staff would still report to work and students would continue to have learning opportunities. The School District has also implemented the following:

  • No student activities or adult gatherings of 40 or more.
  • All field trips are canceled.
  • Students and staff will practice social distancing to the extent possible.Students and staff should try to remain four feet away from others.
  • Everyone should refrain from shaking hands, “high-fives”, etc.
  • Awaiting Health Department guidance on CIF/PAL sports events. For current sports events, there may be NO spectators—players, coaches and supervising administrators only.
  • It is likely that many of our end-of-year events will be affected and even canceled: prom, award nights, graduations, etc.

Please check the Jefferson Union High School District website for the latest updates.

You can also find information on the Bayshore Elementary School District website.

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The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that cancelling reservations and events is disruptive to your lives, but it is a necessary step in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The two best sources of information on COVID-19 are the County Health website and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Please check those resources to learn how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the City continues to make changes to its services and programming, we will keep you updated through our website and social media accounts.

Thank you,


Glenn Sylvester

Mayor, City of Daly City