|Dear Members and Downtown Stakeholders:
Our efforts are paying off and we're seeing more allowable businesses and activities. Our restaurants have offered outdoor dining for seven days now. This week, Local Color and SJDA organized artists and volunteers to paint messages and murals on boarded up windows and doorways throughout downtown to help keep it looking as clean and fresh as possible. Have a look. The Farmers' Market opens for the season tomorrow. The Hart's Dog Park on Santa Clara Street reopened, too. That's progress.
But the pandemic is not over. We must maintain our vigilance keeping up our public health practices so that the spread of the coronavirus continues to slow. Social distancing. Shelter-in-place. Wash hands. And keep hands away from face. The county is continuously assessing the best strategies to ease restrictions in the safest way possible. Let's continue to work together to keep the movement toward more social liberties rather than take steps backward to renewed enforcement.
Mostly peaceful protests continue, too, evoking positive and potentially long-lasting change in our city and across the country. Unfortunately, some of the outrage turns into vandalism and damage to our storefronts. To offset some of the costs, the public has donated more than $11,000 to our Rebuild Downtown Fund. More about how to apply can be found below.
We've struggled now for almost four months. We will persevere and re-create a stronger, more equitable downtown. Thanks for letting SJDA staff know how we can best support you.
We are in this together.