This is the 40th 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: 

With mask and booster mandates easing, we had some time to do a little spring housekeeping, organizing and updating the links we’ve been listing – some almost from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak two years ago.

We found a few links that were no longer useful to our members.  They are gone.

There are now four new categories of links:  Health; Workplace Safety; Grants and Loans; and General Government.  We’ll continue to add the best of the new Web pages we find so you can find the most current information in one place.

Also, be sure to check this week’s In the News section.  Much has happened in the past 10 days. You can’t help but notice that new social businesses are springing forward. 

In Today's Message
COVID Updates

Repeal of Large Event Vaccination and Booster Mandate in City Facilities
On March 1, San Jose City Council passed an urgency ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 30711 adopted on Jan. 11. Therefore, effectively immediately, there are no City of San Jose ordinances in place regarding proof of testing, vaccinations or boosters for attendance at large events in City owned facilities. Operators and attendees of events will still be required to follow any relevant County, State or Federal requirements. The State's requirements for events were last updated Feb. 16.

Proof of Health Requirements at SAP Center
From the Sharks Website:  ​​Effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022, and in accordance with current State of California requirements for mega-events, all guests ages 2 and over attending events at SAP Center must provide either proof of full vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the following timeframes

  • PCR test administered within two (2) days of the event you’re planning to attend
  • Antigen test administered within one (1) day of the event you’re planning to attend

Please note that fully vaccinated is defined as the administration of the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine at least 14 days prior to the day of the event you plan to attend.

Mercury News coverage

Free at-home COVID-19 tests for everyone
Each home in the U.S. can now place a total of two separate orders for free at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits. Those who ordered tests in January when they were first offered can now place a second order for two additional kits at Free COVID-19 Tests.

Mask updates, from City Flash Report

City facilities
The requirement for all city employees and visitors to City of San Jose facilities, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks while indoors remains in place. The City continues to monitor case rates within the County and within the City organization to guide when to lift the requirements.

Federal Government - Masks still required on public transit
The mask mandate, instituted by the Transportation Security Administration, is still in effect through Mar. 18. The mandate requires masking across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and in commuter bus and rail systems.

State of California
Effective March 1, masks will no longer be required for unvaccinated individuals throughout California, but will be strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings. Masks for vaccinated individuals were no longer required after Feb. 16. After March 11, in schools and child care facilities, masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended. Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. As always, local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state guidance. More information is available in the updated state guidance for face coverings.

Santa Clara County - Masks recommended, not required
Santa Clara County health officials have announced that all masking metrics have been met and indoor masking is no longer required effective March 2. Both County and State Public Health Departments strongly recommend the public continue to wear masks in all indoor public spaces.  County personnel and visitors to indoor County facilities are still be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

County Office of Education:  Masks in schools recommended, not required starting March 14
Santa Clara County Office of Education officials this week confirmed schools within their jurisdiction will follow the state’s transition from a mandate to strong recommendation for masking for both teachers and students. The transition goes into effect Monday, Mar. 14.

SJDA Update

Downtown is Hiring Web page updated for next wave of new employees
SJDA has checked in with you and our Downtown is Hiring Web page is up to date.  The struggle continues and we want to help. Thus, we’re happy to list the jobs you are trying to fill.

Check the jobs available or list them at

Budget meeting and Budget ideas

Understanding the City of San Jose’s FY 2022-23 budget process
Presented by San Jose Arts Advocates

March 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Via Zoom | Register 

Join San Jose Arts Advocates for an interactive introduction to the City of San Jose budget process and advocacy priorities for FY2022-23.  Hear perspective from artists, creative businesses, city officials, and community leaders all while learning how to be an effective advocate for the arts.

D3 wants your FY 22-23 budget ideas

Message from Councilmember Raul Peralez:  As we look forward to the 22-23 Budget Year, we want to hear your ideas on how our City should allocate its resources. Submit any idea within the City's funding capabilities through our guided form. All ideas will be reviewed, consolidated, and analyzed for final proposals to our city's budget process in May. Please provide one submission per idea (1 idea = 1 submission). Your contact information is needed for follow-up questions or clarification, and will not be shared outside of this process. We will accept all proposals through April 15.  We look forward to reviewing your ideas! More information on the City of San Jose's Budget process.


Team San Jose sends out Convention Center calendar again
Team San Jose has commenced sending out Convention Center activities and big events at the various cultural facilities, including Center for Performing Arts, The Civic and California Theatre.

You can download the calendar here.

Events coming up sure to attract room nights include: a Public Dance (March 26), and Genesis Gaming Tournament (April 15-17).

Distribution of the calendar helps businesses to plan staffing and supply needs for the larger events.

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:
Freshly updated and categorized!
Health Links
Workplace Safety
Grants and Loans
City / County / State / Federal
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