This is the 2nd business and COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association since the reopening on June 15. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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Dear members:

The sights and sounds of recovery are evident.  We’re seeing more people downtown as office employees return to work, residents return to the streets, and people come downtown to dine, shop, play -- and listen to live music.  Music is back!

In Today's Message
Reduce Risk with Vaccinations

Vax for Snax! 
The Santa Clara County Night Vaccine Clinic will be held tonight (June 24) at 73 N. San Pedro St. (next to Old Wagon Saloon), from 7-11 pm.  The first 100 people to be vaccinated - or bring an unvaccinated friend or family member to get their shot - will receive a $15 voucher for one of the San Pedro area restaurants. Get a shot then grab a burrito, roll up your sleeve then order a sushi roll.

Sorry, the voucher cannot be used for alcohol purchases.  The vaccination process is free, safe, quick and easy. 90 Minute Free parking is available in the Market San Pedro garage, just steps away from the clinic. Find this event or other vaccination options at Still deciding whether to get the vaccine? Healthcare professionals will be onsite to talk through any questions you might have. Visit the Santa Clara County vaccine webpage for additional vaccine safety information.

Mask Update

It took a while, but it appears mask policies are consistent among those who establish them.

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Cal/OSHA) Board approved a new set of changes to its COVID-19 emergency standards which are in compliance with guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Those new standards allow vaccinated workers to go maskless in most indoor and outdoor settings and remove physical distancing requirements. Unvaccinated workers are still advised to wear a mask in indoor settings. Employers are also required to keep some respirators on hand, such as N95 masks, for unvaccinated workers, and are expected to keep a log of which employees have been vaccinated. The rules allow employees to self-attest regarding COVID-19 vaccine status.

Governor Newsom agreed and signed an executive order Thursday which set the new guidelines in action on Friday, June 18.

On Monday, Santa Clara County issued an order phasing out the last of the County's COVID-related regulations. The County will follow the guidance set by Cal/OSHA and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention with no broader local health order in effect. 

The Do-and-Don’t List for daily life did not change:

Here’s the guidance regarding the safe reopening of California.

ABC Beyond the Blueprint

Alcoholic Beverage Control to rescind 10 provisions June 30
Effective at the close of business June 30, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)  announced that the following provisions suspended under Covid will return to the former restricted status :

  • Returns of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Retail-to-Retail Transactions
  • Extension of Credit
  • Drive-Thru Windows for Off-Sale Transactions
  • Hours of Operations for Retail Sales
  • Delivery Hours Extended to Midnight
  • Distilled Spirits Manufacturers Providing High-Proof Spirits for Disinfection Purposes
  • Virtual Wine Tastings
  • Extension of Regulatory Relief for Club Licenses: Type 50, 51 and 52

According to the Eighth Notice for regulatory relief, some regulatory provisions will extend until Dec. 31.

Essential Links for the Latest Information

For information regarding the State’s restrictions and future guidance, please refer to the State’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors page, the Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on COVID-19 page, and the State’s Safer At Work COVID-19 Employer Portal page, which contain information relevant to specific activities and industries.  Individuals may also call the State’s COVID-19 hotline for clarification concerning the State’s rules at 1-833-422-4255 from Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm, or Saturday, 8am to 5pm, or email questions to

Business Opportunities

SJDA 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 social media channels and website. 

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

Dine Downtown - Begins July 1 with 27 participants
SJDA's 13th annual Dine Downtown San Jose begins July 1, featuring 27 restaurants offering chef’s specials, price-fixed three- and four-course dinners and food and drink pairings.

Contact Julie Carlson at to submit a special for your business before July 1.

The specials and participants continue to be updated at

Farmers’ Market -- open this week but closed July 2 for holiday weekend
The weekly San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open for business as usual this Friday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on South First Street in SoFA District.

However, the Market will be closed Friday, July 2, as usual, for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Farmers’ Market will resume July 9 and every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend.

Park SJ Garages undergoing power-washing
In preparation for the return of office workers and small business employees, the City will be power-washing its garages at Market and San Pedro Square, Fourth and San Fernando streets, Third and St. John streets and Second and San Carlos streets.

The washings will occur during the day the last week of June, and possibly into early July The work should not affect customer parking in the garage. 

Also, a reminder to let your employees who make less than $20 per hour know that they can get 50% off monthly 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.

Town Hall for a new City Manager
City Manager Dave Sykes is retiring after 34 years of service with the City of San Jose.  The search is on for his replacement.  On Monday, June 28, 6-8 p.m., Mayor Sam Liccardo will host a hybrid Town hall -- in person or virtual -- to discuss what residents and business owners would like to see in the next City Manager.

Register. Zoom link upon registration. In-person at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave.  Also live-streamed on Facebook.


SJ Business Chat
Thursday, June 24 | 3:30-5 pm | Free | Register

Hosted by City of San Jose

If you have a payroll, learn how to apply for a Tax Credit Short term loans - learn about the California Rebuild Fund. Looking long-term and want to expand? – then look at the latest federal loan program.

Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Wednesday, June 30 | 2-3 pm | Free |

Hosted by the City of San Jose and Joint Venture Silicon Valley

A free workshop to connect businesses with resources needed to adequately prepare for and recover from all types of disasters.

Downtown in the News

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

COVID-19 Links
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