I’m covering the coronavirus outbreak extensively mostly because of the economic impact on California and thus the state budget and not to spread panic. It is also consuming Governor Gavin Newsom‘s administration only weeks after a State of the State focused on housing and homelessness. The two aren’t necessarily silos, as there is growing concern about how the virus could spread in homeless camps where there is little medical attention and a medically vulnerable population.

On the impact on SF, “This coronavirus is having a significant impact on our economy,” Mayor London Breed said at a news conference Thursday. Conference cancellations, lost hotel taxes and other impacts will bring a “significant reduction to our budget in the coming year,” she said, adding that safety is the city’s top priority.

In the city’s interconnected economy, canceled flights at San Francisco International Airport mean fewer hotel bookings, restaurant dinners and local purchases. Major companies are banning domestic business travel and implementing work-from-home policies, which means fewer commuters and less money spent downtown.

The city’s conventions, which draw thousands to the Moscone Center, have taken one of the most obvious blows. Participants at a slew of tech gatherings have pulled out, with seven events through May at Moscone nixed entirely, according to San Francisco Travel. Some 182,000 hotel rooms had been booked for those events, though not all have necessarily been canceled, and the associated spending in the city before the cancellations had been expected to total around $138 million, the agency said.”

Cashiers, cooks, waiters, janitors, cabbies, ride-hail drivers, health aides, day care workers and others often live paycheck to paycheck. They cannot work remotely, cannot afford any loss of income, and often have minimal, if any, paid sick leave.

But now there is less need for their services as many people work remotely, tourists and business travelers stay home, and public events get canceled. Service workers’ financial hardships could be even more dire if home quarantines get imposed.

Also in the Chron, Chase DiFeliciantonio reports that some of the big tech conferences that have been canceled or postponed are considering turning them into virtual conferences. For a city that has a huge hospitality and travel industry (including convention space, hotels, and airports), it could have a devastating impact on service employees.