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FLASH REPORT #86 - COVID-19 Mitigation and Response

Post Date:05/04/2020 5:00 PM

The following is information about the City of San José’s response to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected.  

City of San José
Emergency Operations Center  

Rosario Neaves, Director of Communications/EPIO: 210-823-3908
City of San José Media Line: 408-535-7777
City of San José Customer Contact Center: 3-1-1 (408-535-3500)


Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations

  • Phased Approach to Opening Park Amenities: The new County and State orders allow some park amenities to reopen with new protocols in place. San Jose closed more than 1,000 amenities that will reopen in a phased approach. Starting this weekend of May 9, the following amenities will begin to open: pickleball, bocce ball, and tennis courts; disc golf; skateparks; and horseshoes. Those who choose to visit the newly opened recreational amenities will need to follow all County criteria which includes no sharing of recreational equipment and only using these facilities with members of your household. Other amenities remain closed. Violators may be subject to fines of $100 or more. For a current list of park and facility closures, please visit
    •  Golf Courses Open: Following the new County and State orders and guidance, San Jose’s three golf courses will open on Tuesday, May 5. Los Lagos, Rancho del Pueblo, and San Jose Municipal course operators must comply with the County protocols to open and safely operate the courses. The new County Order allows some park amenities to reopen with new protocols in place. These golf courses are the first of the Park, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department’s more than 1,000 amenities to open. 
    • Trilingual Poster on Face Covering Requirements for San José Businesses: The City’s Emergency Operations Center has developed a printable poster for essential businesses to consider displaying. It communicates the County’s new face covering requirement for customers and employees, as well as other physical distancing requirements, in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Download the poster
    • High Road Kitchens Program in San José: This week, the California Labor Secretary announced programs that will directly help restaurants dealing with COVID-19 restrictions. The City of San José with OneFairWage is launching San José’s High Road Kitchens program that with not only help create living wages for restaurant works in San José, but will train restaurants on compliance with COVID-19-related physical distancing orders. Participating restaurants in San José are SP2 and LUNA Mexican Kitchen. The restaurants were recruited by OneFairWage, and must commit to racial equity training and to offering fair wages. The High Road Kitchens initiative seeks to promote high wage employment opportunities for restaurant workers, including chefs and management. with a particular emphasis on workers of color. San José’s work2future program, along with the workforce development boards of Monterey and San Diego, will be working with local restaurants to provide on-the-job training for adults, and work experience funding opportunities for older youth.   
    • 500 Attend work2future's Virtual Job Fair: San José’s work2future and San Jose City College hosted their first-ever virtual job fair using videoconferencing technology on Wednesday, April 29. The seven-hour event drew about 500 job seekers. Each hour featured a different industry focus such as healthcare, IT/Technology, business/finance, manufacturing, construction, and retail. The event featured 38 employers, including CVS Health, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Chase Bank, Tech Mahindra, and the City's Police, Fire, and Environmental Services departments, who presented information about their organizations, current openings, and how to apply. Job seekers communicated with hiring managers via Chat and verbal Q&A which helped create a more engaging experience. The City is planning additional events, and a current list of hiring employers and openings can be found at

    Updates from the State of California 

    • Easing of State Restrictions: Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell announced that the State would begin gradually entering into Stage 2 of its COVID-19 response as early as the end of this week. The state has met or exceeded all of its previously announced key metrics, which include:  
      • Stability of hospitalizations: Both hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions have been stable, statewide, for the last two weeks.
      • Personal protective equipment inventory: 18.2 surgical masks, 5.8 million face shields, and 7.2 million gloves are on hand and being distributed across the state. Hundreds of millions of surgical and N95 masks have been ordered.
      • Healthcare surge capacity: 14 facilities with over 2,000 beds, above and beyond the regular healthcare system, are open statewide. 10,000 ventilators are available and not in use.
      • Testing capacity: The goal of 25,000 tests per day has been exceeded and 84 new testing sites have opened across the state with an emphasis on testing rural, urban, and underserved communities.
      • Contract tracing capability expanded
      • Public health guidance in place

      This cautious and gradual move into Stage 2 includes expanded retail with curbside pickup and associated manufacturing and supply chains. Examples that can open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, sporting goods. Not included at this time are offices (as those employees can telework), seated dining at restaurants, and shopping malls. Local communities are permitted to keep their own, more stringent guidelines in place. The current County of Santa Clara health order supersedes much of the revised State guidance. 

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    A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity or culture. City employees must abide by the Discrimination and Harassment policy, and treat colleagues and members of the public with courtesy and respect. Discrimination and/or Harassment of any kind is a violation of the policies and will not be tolerated.  



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