This is the 67th COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association, dating back to March 12, 2020. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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Yellow Tier!
State’s framework for the Yellow Tier and the County’s May 18 Health Order.

Dear members: 

Our message today is filled with content that inspires a more optimistic outlook for #DTSJ than we had this time last year. In it you will find multiple opportunities to spotlight and grow your business and enjoy or benefit from upcoming events.

We’re just weeks away from the possibility of dropping the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system ordered by the state to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Here’s what the state suggests starting June 15. We will work hard to make sure that you have up to date information on State and County guidelines for safe operation of your business and protection of your staff and customers. Below, find an article about workplace changes proposed by Cal/OSHA.   

While hope is on the horizon, we still have a long road to recovery. Our shared community grief for the victims of the mass shooting at VTA looms large in our minds and hearts, but we know that we can move forward together with patience, compassion, and persistence.      
In Today's Message

SJDA Virtual Job Board
Monthly parking discount for some workers
Sign up for Dine Downtown, which begins July 1
Sign up for Make Music Day - June 21
Farmers’ Market - Week # 4
Glass House networking event June 9
Cal/OSHA proposed workplace changes
Financial opportunities

  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund
  • Shuttered Venues grants still available

Webinar for those businesses that may face eviction starting July 1
Downtown in the News

Business Opportunities

SJDA Virtual Job Board
Are you having trouble finding workers for your business?  Let SJDA help get the message out about your job openings.  Complete this form with your business information and open positions and we will post the opportunities weekly on our social media channels and website. 

For our first week, we shared listings from Nomikai, SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant, NOVA and San Jose Public Library.  And we continue to receive new requests, such as from Sushi Confidential.  We hope to be able to assist in getting the word out on your job openings to our 40,000 social media followers. Email Rick Jensen at if you have questions.

Half-priced monthly parking available to some downtown employees
As businesses bring on new hirees to help service your customers, remind those who make less than $20 per hour that they can get 50% off 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.

Dine Downtown - Sign up now
Be part of SJDA's 13th annual Dine Downtown San Jose, a popular dining event July 1-18 highlighting Downtown San Jose’s unique food cultures. Drive new customers to your restaurant, invite your regulars back and showcase your chef’s most creative dishes. 

Restaurants offering a Dine Downtown special (prix fixe, chef’s special or food & drink pairing) will be listed on the Dine Downtown web page with a link to your listing.

Email your questions or special to Julie Carlson at by June 11.

Participation is free. Sign up here.

Make Music San Jose looking for venues
Open to all, Make Music San Jose is an annual community-curated celebration of music. More than 1,000 cities worldwide celebrate Make Music Day on June 21, the summer solstice. Events for Make Music San José 2021 will be a mix of online and in-person programming at venues and restaurants throughout the city.

The scale of participation is up to the individual business. You could host a single performance or multiple events. To participate, sign up at by June 10, so that you can be included in the listings. Indicate whether you have musicians already lined up or if you are open to being matched with musicians. There is no cost to participate. 

Send any questions to

Farmers' Market Open Every Friday

Cherry season is here. Return to the Downtown Farmers' Market each Friday at its new location in SoFA on South First Street between San Salvador and William streets. The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Excite Credit Union in association with Kaiser Permanente is held every Friday from May 7 - Dec 17 from 10 am to 2 pm. Get out for some exercise -- the market is less than a 15-minute walk from just about any point downtown.

Get your weekly pick of fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy hot food from the food trucks and stands. The street is wide -- plenty of room to keep socially distant!

GlassHouse Networking Event - June 9

Build partnerships with other hospitality businesses and meet the new events and sales team for The GlassHouse and Corinthian Grand Ballroom at a networking mixer June 9. Here are the details.  925.580.2777


Cal/OSHA proposes workplace changes
Today, the state of California Occupational Safety & Health Standards (Cal/OSHA) Board is scheduled to consider changes to Cal/OSHA’s Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standards that in addition to other guidelines, will impact workplace masking and social distancing requirements.  Seyfarth Shaw LLP, through, has done a thorough job of explaining the Cal/OSHA proposed plan and how it may differ from recent CDC guidelines.  Additional reference articles include San Jose Spotlight Q&A, and the National Law Review

Financial Opportunities
Ample funds are still available for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program for local performing arts organizations, venues, museums, movie theater operators, and talent representatives.

Email Nate LeBlanc (, SJDA Business Development Manager for personal assistance through any of these processes.  

Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options


Commercial Eviction Moratorium Ending June 30:  Are you ready?
Thursday, June 10 | 7 p.m. | Presented by Office of Economic Development | Register

The Commercial Eviction Moratorium is expected to expire in Santa Clara County on June 30. The City of San Jose will help you better understand what this means for your business and what you can do to prepare.

Downtown in the News

Recent media reports involving Downtown San Jose:

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