This is the 66th 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 Yellow Tier, the County’s May 18 Health Order and press release.

Dear members:

We are grieving the loss of life in our VTA family. An integral part of our community, buses and Light Rail trains have been rolling through our streets for decades to bring people to events, work, school, and even the Farmers’ Market.  A vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s shooting at the VTA light rail yard will take place tonight, Thursday, May 27, at 6 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.  The vigil allows us to grieve together.

Stay strong through this San Jose.

In Today's Message

Two Historic Votes This Week for Downtown 
Welcome Back
SJDA Virtual Job Board
Farmers’ Market - Week #3
Workers and Their Vaccination Status
Financial Opportunities

  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund
  • Shuttered Venues grants still available
  • PPP extended to May 31

Downtown in the News

Two Historic Votes This Week for Downtown

Tuesday was a historic day with two unanimous votes on critical issues/projects that SJDA has advocated for years:  The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved opting in on Laura's Law/Assisted Outpatient Treatment.  And the San Jose City Council approved Google's Downtown West project.  The unity the Downtown West project created was evident in everyone who spoke Tuesday night.

Welcome Back

Yellow Tier allows more businesses to reopen

Welcome back to several businesses that have remained closed until recently with the Yellow Tier designation.  

Let us know if you opened or re-opened recently, and we’ll share your good news.  Tag us on your re-opening posts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or email Jessica Vuong at

SJDA Virtual Job Board

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.  Email Rick Jensen at if you have questions.

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!

Workers and their Vaccination Status

As part of operating in the Yellow Tier, employers in Santa Clara County are asked to record the vaccination status of workers by Tuesday, June 1. No reporting or submission of the record is required. You can see the details of the order on the County’s site - section 9(c) and 9(d) of the Santa Clara County Health Officer’s May 18, 2021 Order.  The County has a handy form for keeping track.  More information can be found on the County vaccination ascertainment frequently asked questions page.

Also, the State of California created an Employer Vaccination Toolkit that could be useful.

Both the Mercury News and San Jose Spotlight also ran Q&As to help businesses prepare for the June 15 reopening of our state.  Check the Mercury News if you subscribe and/or Spotlight article.  One more resource -- 
SVO's live Q&A


BizChatSJ | Thursday, 5/27/202 | 3:30-5 pm | Register

The City of San Jose is holding online BizChatSJ sessions every other week, alternating with webinars on specific subjects.  While these meetings are designed to be open-ended, this week’s BizChatSJ will include:  Updates on funding sources; COVID-related tax credit info; Q&A on masking and requirement to check employee vaccine status; San Jose City Public Library resources like workshops, business intelligence resources, and hotspot check-outs.

Commercial Eviction Moratorium Ending June 30: The Commercial Eviction Moratorium is expected to expire in Santa Clara County on June 30. The City of San Jose and other organizations are holding webinars at different times over the coming weeks to help you better understand what this means for your business and what you can do to prepare.  

Financial Opportunities

These funding opportunities, posted in this space for many weeks now, remain open: 

  • The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Visit the SBA webpage for a list of entities eligible to apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
  • 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 
  • Start your PPP Extension Act of 2021 application here and get it submitted before May 31. 

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

Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options

Downtown in the News

The City Council approved Google’s plan to develop 80 acres of Downtown West this week. Other recent media reports involving Downtown San Jose, some with commentary or behind-the-scenes input by San Jose Downtown Association, are also included.

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