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This is the eleventh COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association. They are sent on Thursdays.
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Dear Members and Downtown Stakeholders:

As we move into Phase 2 of reopening downtown tomorrow, we hope this message helps clarify the new County order. We had great meetings last week with businesses and nonprofits in Historic District and SoFA and look forward to connecting with San Pedro Square and Little Italy this week. 

Let's keep these conversations going! Please let SJDA staff know how we can best support you. 

We are in this together.

New County Order Begins Friday
State Sen. Jim Beall, representing the 15th District which includes downtown San Jose, provided an excellent recap to this week’s order, effective Friday, May 22.
 
“Over the last several weeks our community has worked together to bend the COVID-19 curve and protect our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. So far, we’ve seen encouraging outcomes, but our work isn’t done quite yet.

You’ve probably heard that the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara County has modified our stay at home order. I understand that this brings up many emotions, including perhaps some hope and disappointment, but it’s critical that our collective efforts continue so we do not lose the progress we’ve achieved." 
 
Below you’ll find some more helpful information on COVID-19 and our county’s response.

What changes does this new Order make?
The May 22 Order allows several new categories of businesses and activities to reopen, subject to specific conditions and limitations. Key restrictions remain in place, requiring people to stay in their homes except when engaging in certain essential or allowed activities. There is no end date to this new order. 

Additional Businesses:
  • Retail stores may reopen for sales, but only for curbside/outside pickup or by delivery. Customers are not allowed to enter these retail stores. These retail stores must also comply with several additional operating conditions, including:
    • Cannot move goods outside the store to display and sell.
    • Limit the number of workers inside the facility.
    • Have direct access to a sidewalk, street, outdoor walkway, parking lot, or alley for pickup.
  • Businesses that support these retail businesses can resume operating, including those that manufacture goods sold at these stores and businesses that provide warehousing and distribution services.
  • Outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens are allowed to reopen, but visitors are restricted to outdoor areas.
Additional Activities: 
  • Car parades are allowed so long as they ride in cars with members of their households only and do not leave the cars during the parade or stop to gather at a fixed location.  Bicycles and motorcycles are not allowed to join car parades.
Social Distancing Protocol: 
  • Social Distancing Protocol (Appendix A to the Order) incorporates new State of California requirements for training personnel and other measures.
  • To operate, all businesses must complete a Social Distancing Protocol using the new template or update their Protocols to incorporate the new requirements. A copy of the Protocol must be distributed to all employees.
  • To show that they are implementing the Social Distancing Protocol to keep their staff and customers safe from COVID-19, all businesses must print and post in a prominent place near the entrance to the businesses (1) a COVID-19 PREPARED Sign and (2) a Social Distancing Protocol Visitor Information Sheet. Both the Sign and Visitor Information Sheet can be found in Appendix A to the Order.
  • All businesses must post signage required in the Social Distancing Protocol to educate customers about health and safety requirements. Sign templates are available on the County’s website.
Important Links:
Expand Your Business
Great Plates Delivered Begins in Santa Clara County: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the start of Great Plates Delivered in April, but the program that feeds healthy meals to at-risk populations was slow to gain traction. 

As of Monday, May 18, restaurants wanting to become part of this program can now sign up for duty in Santa Clara County.  The program is win-win, meant to get vulnerable populations fed and stimulate the local restaurant economy.

If your restaurant has the staff to meet the volume, you can package individual meals, utensils and napkins and supply masks and gloves to your staff, you may want to sign up.  Funding is through FEMA through June 10 and Newsom expects to request an extension. Yes, you get paid to provide the meals!
Facebook opens Shops – working with small businesses to compete against Amazon and eBay: Facebook announced Tuesday that it is expanding into the world of ecommerce. Facebook Shops will allow businesses to set up free "storefronts" on Facebook and Instagram, working with third-party services including Shopify.  CEO Mark Zuckerburg moved up the timing for this initiative to help rebuild the economy and support small businesses. More on the announcement here and here. Facebook Q&A on Friday at 11 a.m. 

Get creative to increase sales: Have you thought of ways that you can create new business? It’s hard, especially when your business is probably not the only thing on your mind. Last week, we featured the 10th St. Distillery and its switchover to making disinfectant.

Here’s another example to inspire your entrepreneurial minds: Nox Cookies (definitely an essential business!) is set to deliver Employee Recognition packages of a dozen big cookies and a personal note from you to your employees working from home in the San Jose and surrounding areas.  $35 per employee, five employee minimum. Rewarding of employees also includes a donation of 50 cookies to health and safety facilities in our community.  Your goodwill toward employees doubles down as a reward for the people doing the most to keep us all safe and healthy.  Call 408-656-1287 or email yum@noxcookiebar.com to place an order.
Coping with Pandemic
San Jose Testing Locations, according to Mercury News
 
Antioch Baptist Church
Address: 268 E Julian St, San Jose
Hours: Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Appointment: Click here, or call 408-490-4710
 
James Lick High School
Address: 2951 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
Hours: 7am – 12pm and 1pm – 7pm, Monday through Friday
Appointment: Click here, or call 1-888-634-1123
 
PAL Stadium
Address: 680 S 34th Street, San Jose
Hours: 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday
Appointment: Click here
 
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Address: 344 Tully Road, San Jose
Hours: 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday
Appointment: Click here
 
Mask on; Mask off
Santa Clara County now requires masks on when at grocery stores, outdoor businesses and other businesses authorized to open as well as public transportation.  People 6-under and hard of breathing are exempt.  In San Jose, we're headed toward stricter mask measures -- wearing masks most of the time when we're outdoors, especially in retail business situations. The City Council will vote June 2 on a mask policy with amendments suggested at Tuesday's City Council meeting. 

Everything you need to know about how to wear and how to make face coverings is available on this CDC webpage. That includes how to make a mask without having to sew!
Upcoming Events
San Pedro Square / Little Italy Meeting
Thursday, May 21 | 3:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
The agenda will include:
  • Check-in with updates of how your business is doing if you are open or your plans to re-open, and what SJDA may do to help you now.
  • Downtown recovery and what would be most helpful.
  • Downtown Farmers' Market opening on Friday, June 5.
A Sense of Belonging:  How to Foster Inclusivity in Your Workplace
Thursday, May 21 | 3-4 p.m. | Register
Hosted by: Silicon Valley Forum
  • Speakers will discuss what pro-active approaches to take for an inclusive and accessible workplace, and tips to developing an inclusive mindset throughout your organization so everyone feels that welcoming sense of belonging.
  • Featuring: LaFawn Davis — Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Indeed; KR Liu — Head of Brand Accessibility, Google; Annabel Chang — Vice President Bay Area, Alaska Airlines
San Jose State Economic Summit
Wednesday, May 27 | 10:15-noon | Register
Hosted by: SJSU
  • The San José State University (SJSU) Economic Summit is an annual event focusing on the analysis and forecast of economic activity at the local, state, and national level. The panelists provide attendees with relevant information to make educated business decisions. The audience is composed of representatives of small and mid-size Bay Area businesses, and members of the SJSU community. The event is free of charge, open to the public and the press. Please visit the Past Summits page to learn more.
Key Links to COVID-19 Resources
Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe
  • Use the Groundwerx Everywhere App or call 408-287-1520 to report a mess on the sidewalks that needs immediate attention. Download the Groundwerx Everywhere App for iPhones and Android.
  • Use the San Jose 311 app, to report streetlight outages, graffiti, and potholes.
  • Let's keep our streets clean by moving our cars for streetsweeping services. Check the schedule.
  • For fallen trees or branches, call the tree emergency hotline at: (408) 497-4062. Please have a nearest address available to share with the operator.
Let us know how else we can help by replying to this email. We’ll have another message next Thursday. We're in this together.
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