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This is the 57th COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association, dating back to March 12, 2020. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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ORANGE TIER!

State’s framework for the Orange Tier and the County’s Risk Reduction Order.

Dear members:

Santa Clara County moved into the Orange Tier on Wednesday, March 24, which is great news for many of our member businesses and their loyal customers. 

Please tag or share with us on social media (SJDA Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) what’s happening at your business so that we can help get the message out to the community. 

All activities authorized under the State’s Orange Tier, including indoor dining, can resume in accordance with State capacity limits and safety protocols, including:
  • Restaurants - indoor dining at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, and live entertainment is allowed;
  • Retail stores indoors 100% capacity with modifications;
  • Bars where no meal is provided, outdoors only;
  • Wineries, breweries and distilleries indoors at 25% capacity or 100, whichever is fewer;
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors at maximum 25% capacity, with indoor pools open;
  • Hotels open with modifications; dining and fitness facilities within hotels at 25% capacity
  • Arts, music and theater performances outdoor only and for up to 50 people with social distancing.
  • Movie theaters at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer;
  • Family entertainment centers indoors at maximum 50% capacity with modifications for areas of increased risk of proximity; 
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums at 50% maximum indoor capacity; and
  • Stadiums and permanent outdoor venues, 20% capacity and other restrictions
  • Places of Worship, 50% capacity.
  • Telework is still encouraged: Offices with 20+ workers can open at 25% capacity; less than 20 staff do not have capacity limit but must have distances of more than six feet from each other.
  • Workers can go into work to complete jobs they can’t complete from home.

The announcement comes with the reminder that though allowed, indoor activities remain high risk. Please stick to the protocols, which include mask-wearing, social-distancing, avoiding crowds, enjoying the outdoors and getting vaccinated when it's your turn.

Although cases are decreasing, the impact is still great. For example, on Wednesday San Jose State announced it had to put its spring football program on pause due to COVI-19.

Santa Clara County Press Release

Watch - ABC7 report from Tuesday

COVID Financial Update

Tax filing deadline extended to May 15
The Internal Revenue Service and California's Franchise Tax Board extended their tax filing deadlines to May 17. More info: Federal and State.

Coming up -- American Rescue Plan
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan dedicates $50 billion for small businesses hard hit by the pandemic. Restaurants and shuttered venue grant applications will soon be open and we want to help our members be prepared to get in line quickly for those funds.  This Mar. 23 article from Vox has information on funds available for several small business programs, and this Mar. 24 article from the US Chamber of Commerce shares more specific detail about the Restaurant Revitalization Grant.  

Also, FoodAndWine.com has some tips on how restaurants can apply for the American Rescue Plan. The article reports that the Small Business Administration (SBA) needs to build a system that meets the needs of the plan, which could be available in April. Read their article here.

State of CA small business assistance - Round 4 extended to Friday
New funding rounds 4 and 5 of State of California relief grants for California Small Businesses can be found here.  

  • Round 4 is March 16-26 for nonprofit cultural institutions only that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3.
  • Round 5 is March 25-31 for eligible businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2 or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.
Eligible grant awards range from $5,000-$25,000, depending on business revenues.  Under $100,000 revenue are eligible for a $5,000 grant.  Under $1 million revenue are eligible for a $15,000 grant.  $1 million to $2.5 million revenue are eligible for a $25,000 grant.

Eligibility guidelines and application instructions are all found on the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant web page.

Federal Paycheck Protection Program

The deadline to get approved for the second round of federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding is March 31. Distribution is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The PPP 2.0 includes two avenues for accessing funds: First Draw Loans and Second Draw Loans:

First Draw Loans

  • Open to organizations that did not receive a PPP loan in 2020, or that did not receive forgiveness by 12/27/20 for a 2020 PPP loan, and either returned or did not accept a portion of that loan
  • Small businesses and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees are eligible
  • Also: tribes, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors

Second Draw Loans

  • For organizations that received a PPP loan in 2020 and
    • have used or will use the full loan amount for authorized expenses
    • have 300 or fewer employees
    • can show a 25% or more decrease in gross revenue between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020
  • For most borrowers, the maximum Second Draw loan amount is 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs for either 2019 or 2020.

Both types of loans are forgivable if, within the 8- to 24-week period after the loan is received, the organization:

  • maintains employee and compensation levels
  • spends the funds on payroll (at least 60% of total) and other eligible expenses

Funds from both loan types can be spent on:

  • payroll costs, including benefits
  • mortgage interest, rent, utilities
  • worker protection costs related to COVID-19
  • certain other operations expenses

The new PPP 2.0 includes special set-aside funds (First Draw more than $15 billion; Second Draw, more than $25 billion) for borrowers with 10 or fewer employees.

Need help? Get assistance from your local SBA office (search here).

PPP info here (video) and here (document).

Webinar Rescheduled for March 30 |  3:30pm
Shuttered Venues Grant Program

For eligible entities including live venue operators or promoters, theater producers, live performing arts organizations, relevant museum and zoo operators, movie theaters, and talent representatives who have had to close down temporarily or permanently because of COVID-19.

Hosted by City of San Jose | Free | Register

Businesses impacted by venue closures, such as theaters, concert venues, museums, and talent representatives can apply for grants from the Small Business Administration as part of the federal COVID relief legislation passed in December 2020. The $15 billion Shuttered Venue Grant program is designed to support businesses that suffered revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 restrictions on venues.

A representative from SBA will provide information on eligibility, priorities, restrictions and how to apply. If your performing arts business lost 90% or more of your revenues between April and December 2020, your application will be reviewed in the first 14 days of the grant awards, so early application is important!

More information on the grant program: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Frequently Asked Questions

More DTSJ and SJDA in the News
Recent media reports involving Downtown San Jose with commentary or behind-the-scenes input by San Jose Downtown Association.  

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