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This is a COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association
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Dear Members and Downtown Stakeholders:
 
We’re three days into our hopefully temporary reality as we are all under shelter in place orders.  San Jose Downtown Association continues to be focused on supporting downtown businesses during these unprecedented times including: 
 
- Supporting businesses and non-profits that are open for essential services including many restaurants through our marketing and communication efforts

- Ensuring that Groundwerx and our Secondary Employment Unit of off-duty SJPD officers deployment continues to keep downtown safe and clean

- Advocating for policies to help small businesses as we are in close contact with the Mayor and City Council representatives

- Staying on top of anything we can find that might be of assistance to our downtown business community during these uncertain times from credible sources including the CDC, Santa Clara County Public Health, the City of San Jose  and other downtown associations across the country

We're here to help

As always SJDA staff is available to help answer questions and concerns and to provide moral support as needed. Please reach out via email as we are working remotely. Together, we’re going to get through this.
Support Downtown San Jose
We've launched sjdowntown.com/supportdowntown to showcase the ways people can support, including a list of restaurants open for takeout and delivery, local resources to work effectively from home and information about businesses making creative moves so that the downtown community can continue to stay fit and entertained. We'll continue to populate the website with additional information that can help promote your business.

SJDA wants to know if your business is open, selling gift cards or if you are creating virtual experiences! Please email Jessica at jvuong@sjdowntown.com to be added to our list.
Groundwerx
Groundwerx remain committed to its clean-and-safe services. In response to the recent shelter-in place-order, Groundwerx services have been reduced to 6 am to 6 pm each day.  These services will focus on essential cleaning and public health services such as pressure washing, disinfecting street fixtures, biohazard removal and trash removal.
 
Our Secondary Employment Unit of off-duty SJPD officers will continue deployment during shelter in place. 
 
Both of these services will allow us to ensure downtown remains clean and safe. Additionally, having SEU and Groundwerx working during this time discourages looting and other property damage. 
Silicon Valley Strong
Mayor Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez held a press conference Wednesday announcing the launch of Silicon Valley Strong.
 
San Jose Strong continues to update the status of the coronavirus COVID-19, but it also has information about accessing and distributing food, how people can get help and how people can volunteer to help.
Parking Update
The City has implemented free parking at on-street meters, and within the City’s downtown surface lots and garages (except City Hall and the City Hall Employee Garages, which remain closed to the public) in addition to previously reported suspension of parking citations, vehicle abatement, and processing of parking tickets.  
 
On-street meters will begin to display that payment is not necessary and a reminder to obey posted time limits.  Access gates at the entry and exit of the garages will be lifted.  Our parking operator will maintain a limited level of on-site management and maintenance/janitorial staff, and our security vendor will continue 24/7 vehicle patrols through the garages/lots.
Small Business Resource List
The most comprehensive page we’ve found about state and national Small Business Resources is a list put together by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

Two More Helpful Links
City Council Summary
This week, the San Jose City Council agreed, in principle, to help small businesses by:
  1. having a moratorium on evictions for commercial leases for small businesses (that are not vacant);
  2. establishing a point-of-contact to provide assistance during emergency situations;
  3. establishing a business continuity fund of an unknown amount for grants and loans that can demonstrate a loss due to COVID-19. This includes reaching out to corporate  partners to cover employee wages, rent and fixed costs similar to Amazon’s $5 million fund for Seattle;
  4. reaching out to the state and national government for financial assistance.
The City Council is projected to evaluate staff proposals on April 7.
We're in this together

While the world is in flux, one thing is absolutely certain: we will continue to provide you resources to navigate these un-chartered waters, and you can count on us to promote downtown and advocate for our businesses. 
 
We're checking in on other downtowns around the country to gather best practices.  We're all focused on providing the best and most relevant information, encouraging customers to support downtown and laying out plans for recovery and bringing business back as quickly as possible.

We'll be back with more. In the meantime, be well, remain strong and stay healthy. 
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