This is the 35th 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: 

Our first item today covers the new City mandate that starts Friday for everyone entering an event of 50 or more people in a city-owned facility to either show proof of a booster shot or a negative COVID test.

If you plan to attend such an event, here are six things you need to do.

  1. Review the FAQ on this.
  2. Event attendees vaccinated in California may download an electronic version of their record through the State’s website at: Before the event, go to this site and make sure your vaccination and booster record is up to date. Some of the venues may have a computer available so that you can go to this site and retrieve or show your record, but do not count on this.
  3. You may also need ID to prove that you are the person whose record you are showing.
  4. If you’re bringing your kids, they also need to show proof of vaccination and booster.
  5. If you still have questions, email
  6. Have fun!
In Today's Message
COVID Update

Boosters Now Required for Events at City-Owned Facilities
An updated City Council approved emergency ordinance requiring either proof of full vaccination with up-to-date boosters or a valid negative COVID-19 test for indoor events of 50 or more people at city-owned facilities takes effect Friday, Feb. 4. The updated ordinance applies to all people who are of an age where vaccinations are authorized, including those ages 5+. The updated ordinance now aligns with State and Federal indoor event guidelines around vaccination and testing.

Operators of City Facilities may implement more strict requirements. Plan ahead and check with your event organizations or facility operators about any specific requirements before heading to the event facility. More details are available at Vaccination Requirements for Events FAQs.

Buildings include:
  • City Hall
  • SAP Center at San Jose
  • San Jose McEnery Convention Center
  • California Theatre
  • San Jose Civic
  • Montgomery Theater
  • Center for the Performing Arts
  • Fourth Street Summit Center
  • San Jose Museum of Art
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
  • The Tech Interactive
  • 3Below Theaters
  • Roosevelt Community Center
Meetings / Feedback

SJDA February 10, 2022 Public Meeting:  Everything PBID
Join us on Thursday, February 10 at 8:15 a.m. to hear about the Property Based Improvement District's (PBID) once a decade renewal.  What new services will Groundwerx provide?  How will social impact teams improve solutions for the unhoused?  Where have the district boundaries expanded?  Are property assessments changing?  What is the process for approving the PBID? 

The meeting will feature a detailed presentation on the current and proposed PBID services, and what we plan to accomplish with a renewed district, followed by a Q&A (moderated via Zoom).

Please register to attend SJDA's public meeting on February 10. 

Upon registration, you will receive a link providing you with access to the Zoom webinar. 

The meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook.

It is up on the SJDA and SJDA Public Meeting page.

San Jose City Council 
The San José City Council meeting will continue to be conducted virtually until further notice. The virtual meetings will start at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Councilmembers and presenters will teleconference from remote locations. The public can watch the meeting on the City’s YouTube Channel. To make public comment during the meeting, email Additional instructions for public comment are posted in the meeting agendas.

Provide feedback through Downtown Transportation Plan online open house
The Downtown Transportation Plan online open house has launched. The downtown business community represents a key stakeholder in downtown transportation planning.

The entire open house has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese

By 2040, Downtown San Jose will welcome 30,000 new residents and 50,000 new workers. New buildings and commercial activity will make the streets buzz with life. But all this new activity can have negative consequences, too, like traffic and dangerous collisions.

The San Jose Downtown Transportation Plan proposes changes to help us go from today’s car-dependent transportation system to a future that is more people-focused. You’re invited to this online open house to learn more about the plan and share your feedback at

Spotlight coverage: City looks for input on transportation plan

More COVID Updates

Free N95 Masks: Four hundred million free N95 masks will be available for distribution via CVS, Walgreens and community health centers. Each individual can take up to three masks. The program is expected to be up and running in spurts, but fully by early February.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Everyone: Every home in the U.S., regardless of their insurance status, is eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders may ship in 7-12 days. Order at

State Extends Mask Mandate Until February 15
The California Health and Human Services Agency extended its requirement for masks to be worn in indoor public places, regardless of vaccine status, until Feb. 15. For more information and a list of exemptions to the mask requirements, visit State Public Health Guidance for Face Coverings.

Everyone is required to wear masks in:

  • Indoor public spaces (until Feb. 15)
  • Workplaces (until Feb. 15)
  • Public transit
  • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
  • Adult and senior care facilities
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers

Masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for everyone in places of worship.

Financial Opportunities

Municipal Water Offers Online Registration for Low Income Customers
Customers of San Jose Municipal Water System can now register online for low-income/vulnerable status on their water account to be eligible to receive benefits, including late fee waivers and extended payment plans. Additional low-income benefits may become available in the future. The online registration page is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Silicon Valley’s Future of Downtown San Jose event changed to Feb. 24 at Marriott San Jose.  Due to COVID omicron variant, an online viewing option is also available.  Tickets here.

Enter your short film to Screen - Short Film Fridays
Due to rising cases of Omicron, Screen! Shortfilm Friday’s have been rescheduled to Fridays in May,

This is a program partially funded by the Abierto program and supported by SJDA.

Filmmakers! There is still time for you to submit your short films.  This is your chance to put your short film out there and show it to the public. Deadline to submit is March 1.

The short films will be shown May 5, 13 and 20 at 3Below. 100 percent of ticket sales will go to the filmmakers.  

To submit your film, please click here to read the requirements and complete the form. A Screen! representative will reach out to you after receiving the form.

A wrap party June 3 at StageOne Creative Spaces will include announcements of the audience choice winners and award prizes.

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:
Councilmember Raul Peralez:
Important City of San Jose and local resources
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