This is the 58th COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association, dating back to March 12, 2020. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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State’s framework for the Orange Tier and the County’s Risk Reduction Order.

Dear members:

President Biden released his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan this week.  Resources are targeted for infrastructure, manufacturing, R&D and affordable housing.  Governor Newsom says if the bill passes it will put California in position for strong economic recovery from the pandemic.  Hopefully it will also have a local impact that benefits our members.  

Meanwhile, let’s do all we can to protect each other, the community and our economy.  Though we have more freedoms in the Orange Tier than in Red or Purple, we have to stay vigilant and prudent -- wear masks, wash hands, 6-feet separation, get vaccinated, continue testing, and limit exposure to crowds.  Together we can make a difference.

In today’s message:

  • SJDA Public Board Meeting April 9
  • The City Council approved an extension to the Al Fresco outdoor business program through Dec. 31
  • Webinar today at 3:30 p.m. - What’s next with American Rescue Plan
  • Guidelines for outdoor live seated events and performances
  • Who’s open and their capacity in Orange Tier
  • We Create 408 returns
  • Knight Foundation celebrates MOMENT shops at San Pedro Square
  • San Jose Downtown Foundation seeks board members
  • Downtown in the News

San Jose Downtown Association Public Meeting Notice
Public Meeting of the Board of Directors and Business Improvement District (BID) Members
Friday, April 9, 2021, 8:15 a.m.

SJDA's next public meeting will be Friday, April 9 at 8:15 a.m. via Zoom. 

The agenda includes a review of the Downtown West development agreement with Google followed by guest speaker Zulma Maciel, director of the city's Office of Racial Equity. 

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

COVID-19 Updates

Al Fresco program 
The San Jose Al Fresco program, which allows businesses to operate outdoors under county public health restrictions, will continue at least through Dec. 31, the City Council decided Tuesday.

At the request of San Jose Downtown Association and Silicon Valley Organization, the program was extended an extra three months to the year-end -- the original Council memorandum suggested a Sept. 31 extension.

Outdoor spaces being used by businesses include private and city-owned parking lots, public sidewalks, parklets, parks, plazas, private property and street closures. About 200 businesses citywide have taken advantage of a simplified city process to self-register for the Al Fresco program.  Two of the three street closures in the city are downtown:  along Post Street between First and Market Streets and San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets.

Taking advantage of San Jose’s Mediterranean climate and sunshine, the program has proved very popular with customers.  During the pandemic, the program has proved to be a savior to many restaurants. 

Here are details of the Al Fresco program.

Media coverage of Al Fresco:  ABC-7   San Jose Spotlight   

Webinar today | 3:30pm
Next steps in American Rescue Plan
Free | Hosted by City of San Jose | Register

The just-passed American Rescue Plan will provide funds and support to small businesses as well as to individuals, families and states.  Small business loans, grants and tax credits will soon be offered - what’s the right choice for your business? For more information, see the Small Business Administration release.

Guidelines for Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances
Since they are allowed as of today, the state has created a COVID-19 Guidance booklet for outdoor seated live events and performances at ballparks, stadiums and event venues, with significantly reduced capacity, fixed seating, mandatory masking and other public health precautions. 

The guidance supports a safe, clean environment for workers, performers, volunteers, and patrons.

This guidance does not apply to convention-style events, general admission venues, and events where the central activity allows patrons to move around shared space.

Orange Tier -- Here’s who’s open

  • 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
  • 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.
Other News for Businesses

We Create 408
WeCreate408's daily creativity challenge returns this month. The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, along with local artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses, encourages creatives throughout San Jose to be inspired and celebrate San Jose’s rich and diverse arts and culture. You can use your social media to share your creativity and your business.  SJDA is involved, so you can follow our Instagram and Facebook for ideas.

Why MOMENT retail project works
The Knight Foundation, which provided the funding to clear the way for an innovative project to activate ground-floor garage space into retail shops for entrepreneurs, has studied a number of projects nationwide, including MOMENT at San Pedro Square, and has identified what makes the project successful.  To read about it, start with this blog from Chris Thompson, Knight Foundation's program director for San Jose, released Wednesday.

San Jose Downtown Foundation seeks Board members
The San Jose Downtown Foundation is looking for Board Members. Are you connected in downtown San Jose and interested in supporting the arts in a valuable way? Do you want to be involved in enhancing the cultural, aesthetic and educational environment downtown through our Downtown Doors program? We are looking for locals who want to help connect the foundation with companies and organizations to support our beautification programs. Contact Donna Butcher, if interested.

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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