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This is the 30th Weekly Message to Businesses from San Jose Downtown Association since the end of the COVID-19 "tier" system June 15.
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To our members: 

Wishing you a happy, healthful and prosperous 2022.

As always, San Jose Downtown Association is available to assist you with issues that may arise.   

In Today's Message
City Updates

ADA accessibility help for businesses
The City of San Jose is offering reimbursement to small businesses and non-residential property owners to make their property more accessible for those with disabilities. The City has allocated $40,000 for the program to provide grants of up to $8,000 in credit for qualifying small businesses and non-residential property owners.

When applying for a building permit to make the physical changes to their property, an owner may apply for the grant, which can reimburse the costs of a Certified Accessibility Specialist (CASp) inspection and a CASp report and can help cover the costs of the City permit and inspection fees. For more details, please read our blogpost. For more information and help applying for the grant, contact Xuan Ha, City of San Jose Small Business Ally, at 408-535-3555.
State of California Update

Grant and Tax Credit Programs for Small Businesses Beginning January
Business owners can apply for help from the State of California – a tax credit and a grant program. The California Competes application periods are Jan. 3-24 and March 7-28, 2022.  For more details, visit the blogpost and Cal Competes’ website. For questions, call 916-322-4051 or email calcompetes@gobiz.ca.gov.

COVID Updates
California:  Masks Required for All Public Indoor Settings
As of Dec. 16, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires masks to be worn in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccine status through Jan. 15, 2022. This new requirement is in response to the rising case rate and hospitalizations. In addition to the updated requirement on mask wearing, CDPH offers guidance on getting the most out of masking.

Additionally, the CDPH updated requirements for attending mega events, like concerts and sporting events. Prior to attending an event, attendees will now be required to show either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event. NOTE: Per City of San Jose urgency ordinance, operators or hosts of large indoor events at City-owned facilities with 50 or more guests shall require all attendees age 12 and older and all staff to show proof of full vaccination before entering the facility.

CDPH also issued a new travel advisory effective Dec. 13 recommending that all travelers arriving in California test for COVID-19 within three to five days after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.

 

Santa Clara County:  Orders of Aug. 2 still stand. In Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco, health officials reversed more lenient masking guidelines from the past month or so, and also now enforce the indoor masking policy.

On Dec. 28, Santa Clara County enforced “full vaccinations” for all those in high-risk workplaces, such as skilled nursing facilities, healthcare delivery facilities, jails and shelters.

​​Recommendations from the Health Officer.  The Health Officer urges all businesses and governmental entities and individuals to follow the recommendations set forth below:

  1. All eligible persons are strongly urged to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

  2. Unless everyone is wearing face masks at all times for the duration of the gathering, individuals should not gather indoors in groups of more than 10 people from outside their household. 

  3. Businesses and governmental entities should immediately implement mandatory vaccination requirements for all personnel that require Up-to-Date vaccination as quickly as possible, subject only to the limited exemptions required by law. 

  4. Businesses and governmental entities should move operations and activities outdoors where possible, where there is significantly less risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Where this is not possible, ventilation should be maximized.

  5. Businesses and governmental entities should prohibit all personnel who are not Up-to-Date with their vaccination from engaging in any work-related travel to places with rates of COVID-19 higher than the Bay Area region or where community vaccination rates are below the average in the Bay Area region.

  6. Businesses and governmental entities should require all personnel not Up-to-Date with their vaccination to obtain frequent testing for COVID-19 consistent with current local, state, and federal recommendations.  Any person, vaccinated or unvaccinated, who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should get tested immediately.

  7. Businesses that serve the public, especially those with activities that require patrons to remove their face mask to engage in the business (e.g., restaurants and bars), should require their patrons to be Up-to-Date on their vaccination and show proof of Up-to-Date vaccination prior to entry.

Children’s Discovery Museum hosts vaccinations Jan. 2
Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way
Sunday, Jan. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Children’s Discovery Museum has teamed up with Santa Clara County Public Health Department to support local families with creative vaccination clinics for young children at the beloved institution in downtown San Jose. At planned clinics on Sunday, Jan. 2, and Sunday, Jan. 23, every family whose child or adult is vaccinated will receive a family pass (FREE MUSEUM VAXPASS) for a free museum visit. Families can use the pass the day of their vaccination or return within six months of the clinic date. At least two more clinics will be scheduled at the museum. 

The cost of outreach and lost revenue from closing the museum for the clinics will be covered by funding from Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Health Trust, San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez’s office, Anthem Blue Cross, and Santa Clara Family Health Plan. Viva Calle of the San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services will provide outdoor activities to entertain children before and after their vaccination.

The clinics are open to all eligible people age 5 and up for first and second doses and booster shots for eligible people age 18 and up (six months after a second Pfizer and Moderna vaccination and two months after a J&J shot).  Special outreach is underway to target Medi-Cal recipients whom have a lower vaccination rate than the rest of the population. Presently, only 63% of Santa Clara Family Health Plan Med-Cal members age 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

Recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that nearly a third of surveyed parents nationwide (32%) say they want to “wait and see” how the vaccine works for other children first. Another 29% say they will definitely not get their child vaccinated.  The state of California will mandate that all schoolchildren be vaccinated once final FDA approval for the vaccine has been secured, creating urgency to get as many children vaccinated as possible in order to avoid learning loss from potential distance learning and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Events

Downtown Ice - Open through Jan. 9
Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland close Sunday

Downtown Ice has extended its hours from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. for the holiday period through Jan. 2 and until 9:30 p.m. Jan. 3-9. One-hour skating sessions occur every 90 minutes.  Tickets are sold online.

COVID safety protocols are enforced. You must show proof of vaccination.

Details and tickets are at the Downtown Ice website.

Downtown San Jose and Silicon Valley in the News
Recent media reports involving Downtown San Jose/Silicon Valley. Subscriptions may be necessary to see the article:

Mercury News: Downtown Doors add festive scene to downtown

ABC-7:  Downtown Christmas coverage

Business Journal:  Real estate deals in review

Business Journal:  Axe-throwing bar coming to downtown San Jose

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