This is the 68th COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association, dating back to March 12, 2020. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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Yellow Tier!

State’s framework for the Yellow Tier and the County’s May 18 Health Order.

Dear members:

We’re less than one week away from going “Beyond the Blueprint,” meaning a lot of steps toward returning to normal will take place starting June 15.  In preparation, both the state Department of Public Health and ABC have published updates about what to expect starting Tuesday.

San Jose Downtown Association members are eager to ramp up business and expand welcoming the community back. Read on for more detail about exciting programs on the horizon. To hear more, join us on Zoom or Facebook on Friday, June 11, for our Public Board meeting.  We will share some of the exciting downtown reopening events and activities happening over the summer before talking solutions for our unhoused population.

Check it out below ...

In Today's Message
SJDA Public Board Meeting
This Friday, join SJDA's June public meeting, which will focus on behavioral health and homelessness and engage in Q&A with Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez.

Register for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Beyond the Blueprint Starting June 15
ABC prepares for June 15 Beyond the Blueprint
In preparation for the June 15 “reopening” of the state, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)  announced the Eighth Notice for regulatory relief that it would extend some regulatory provisions until Dec. 31 and rescind some provisions on June 30.

This recent notice is the latest iteration of regulatory relief implemented by ABC to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to slow the spread of the virus throughout California, while also assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it faced as a result.

Among other provisions, ABC will extend the sale of alcoholic beverages to-go, on sale retailers exercising off-sale privileges, and consumer delivery options until Dec. 31.

Examples of provisions being rescinded by ABC at the close of business on June 30, 2021 include return of alcoholic beverages, drive-thru off-sale transactions and extended delivery hours.  For a full list of provisions expiring June 30, 2021, visit the ABC Eighth Notice of Regulatory Relief webpage. ABC reminds businesses that violations can result in taking away the provisions of that licensee. You can subscribe to receive emails from the ABC.

Cal/OSHA revises COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards
On Wednesday, CalOSHA rescinded its pending regulation that would have required mask wearing for employees regardless of vaccination status.  The CalOSHA board will meet again to consider a new policy on June 17 (effective on June 28) and it’s widely expected to reflect that of the California Department of Public Health’s guidance for masks June 15 policy.  However, until CalOSHA finalizes that policy, masks are still required in the workplace regardless of vaccination status. The LA Times did a nice write up on this here.
Join Cal/OSHA for an informative panel discussion on Wed., June 16 from 3-4 p.m., as Hoge Fenton's Employment Law team will explain the new legal guidelines for California employers. Register.

No More Tiers coming to Downtown San Jose
In anticipation of the end of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tier system in California starting June 15, the City of San Jose and SJDA plan a “No More Tiers” celebration that encourages people to get back downtown to enjoy the things they love to do.

One “sneak peek” of the promotion would be a band or two playing music for people out and about on downtown streets.

We’ll have a lot more information next Thursday when we all know what green, yellow and red lights we have in our return to normalcy. We wouldn’t want to get ahead of ourselves, right?

Please stay tuned.

Here’s what the State expects Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

News coverage here.

Vaccination Information for Businesses

County Partners with Businesses to Host Onsite Mobile Vaccination Clinics for Employees
The County is partnering with businesses to host onsite mobile vaccination clinics for employees.  To participate, businesses must provide employee promotion, registration assistance, day of event volunteers, space and parking, restrooms and water.  The County will provide vaccines and clinical staff to vaccinate employees, outreach materials and signage, and training for employer staff assisting with the event.

The County is prioritizing businesses with low employee vaccination rates, industries with lower-wage workers, and businesses that have had COVID-19 outbreaks in the past.  Please see the flyers attached to this message, and businesses can email for more information regarding the program.

Watch Out for Vaccine Incentive Scammers
Following the announcement of the first “Vax for the Win” winners last week, members of the public notified the state of scammers impersonating state officials through calls, email, text, and other direct messages on social media. Facts about the program:

  • There is no process for entry in the Vax for the Win program. All vaccinated individuals are automatically entered.
  • Winners will be notified by CDPH officials through an official “State of CA CDPH” caller and text ID, a CDPH email address, or in person by CDPH staff.
  • Winners will not be asked to pay any fees associated with verifying eligibility for the cash prize.
  • Winners will not be asked to provide their bank information.

If you encounter a possible vaccine incentive scam, please email or call the Vax for the Win incentives hotline at 833-993-3873.

Business Opportunities

SJDA Virtual Job Board
Several businesses have taken advantage of SJDA’s virtual Job Board.  Let SJDA help get the message out about your job openings.  Complete this form with your business information and open positions and SJDA will post the opportunities weekly on our Instagram, Facebook and website. 

We hope to be able to assist in getting the word out on your job openings to our 40,000 social media followers.

Half-priced monthly parking available to some downtown employees
As businesses bring on new hirees to help service your customers, remind those who make less than $20 per hour that they can get 50% off parking at the City of San Jose’s Park SJ Garages.

For details, call the City’s parking operator at (408) 794-1090, email or go to the parking operator’s office, 45 N. Market St. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am-1 pm.

Employment and wage will need to be verified during the application process.

Normal rates are $100 at the Third Street, Fourth Street and Second and San Carlos garages and $125 at the Market and San Pedro Square Garage.

Dine Downtown - Please sign up by June 11
Be part of SJDA's 13th annual Dine Downtown San Jose, a popular dining event July 1-18 highlighting Downtown San Jose’s unique food cultures. Drive new customers to your restaurant, invite your regulars back and showcase your chef’s most creative dishes. 

Restaurants offering a Dine Downtown special (prix fixe, chef’s special or food & drink pairing) will be listed on the Dine Downtown web page with a link to your listing. Participation is free.

Email your questions or special to Julie Carlson at

Sign up here.

Make Music San Jose looking for venues
Open to all, Make Music San Jose is an annual community-curated celebration of music. More than 1,000 cities worldwide celebrate Make Music Day on June 21, the summer solstice. Events for Make Music San Jose 2021 will be a mix of online and in-person programming at venues and restaurants throughout the city.

The scale of participation is up to the individual business. You could host a single performance or multiple events. To participate, sign up by the end of day today here. Indicate whether you have musicians already lined up or if you are open to being matched with musicians. There is no cost to participate. 

Send any questions to

Farmers' Market Open Every Friday

It's stone fruit season - peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines are back! Return to the Downtown Farmers' Market each Friday at its new location in SoFA on South First Street between San Salvador and William streets. The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Excite Credit Union in association with Kaiser Permanente is held every Friday from May 7 - Dec 17 from 10 am to 2 pm. Get out for some exercise -- the market is less than a 15-minute walk from just about any point downtown.

Make the Farmers' Market a part of your weekly routine and return home with a handful of fresh fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a nice hot meal at the Market and shop artisan vendors' handcrafted goods as well.


Commercial Eviction Moratorium Ending June 30:  Are you ready?
Thursday, June 10 | 7 p.m. | Presented by Office of Economic Development | Register

The Commercial Eviction Moratorium is expected to expire in Santa Clara County on June 30. The City of San Jose will help you better understand what this means for your business and what you can do to prepare.

Downtown in the News

Recent media reports involving Downtown San Jose (Mercury News links may require online subscription):

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