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    June 10, 2020
    Dear Mountain View,
    Last night the City Council unanimously approved opening Castro Street to pedestrians, and allowing restaurants and merchants to extend their operations outside. The Chamber spoke in favor of the plan, as it supports needed recovery measures for our local businesses.
    Many members, however, cannot just open their doors. You will need to enact new processes, redesign your workspaces, and get word out to your customers among many other actions. We hope today's newsletter will provide important information and tools to help with this transition.
    Castro Open to Pedestrians
    On Tuesday night, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution that calls for opening the 100 to 400 blocks of Castro Street to pedestrian traffic, enabling businesses to have seating and services outdoors. The change is scheduled to start on June 22 and last through September. The Council Report and Resolution can be found here.
    Before opening, here are the main things you'll need to address to ensure compliance
    • Have a specific written plan
    • Provide employee training
    • Institute control and screening measures
    • Perform leaning and disinfecting
    • Implement physical distancing
    When complete, you will need to post:
    • a COVID-19 PREPARED Sign
    • a Social Distancing Protocol Visitor Information Sheet.
    • Signage with health and safety requirements
    We also encourage you to email the Chamber at info@chambermv.org that you are “COVID-19 Prepared” so we can list and promote your business.
    The Chamber has just launched a new page on our website with quick steps for re-opening, plus examples you can download and links to more information.
    LIVE with the County of Santa Clara is streamed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Facebook Live at 10am on the Public Health Department Facebook Page.
    Here are some timely videos:
    During Friday’s Facebook Live Briefing, Santa Clara County Public Information Officer Betty Duong talked to Department of Environmental Health Director Michael Balliet about changes around the updated Order and answered comments from the public. Outdoor dining at restaurants is now allowed, but it will be a different experience than before.
    The Importance of Worker Safety
    During Monday’s Facebook Live Briefing, Public Information Officer Larry Little spoke with the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement’s Jessie Yu about how workers, the public, and businesses play a role in keeping our community safe as we begin to see more openings while continuing to navigate through COVID-19. They also presented COVID-19 resources for businesses and workers.
    Multilingual Videos Explaining the Latest Public Health Order
    Beginning June 5, a number of new businesses and activities resumed, including outdoor dining, in-store shopping, some religious and cultural activities, outdoor swimming, childcare, summer camps, and summer school. The Public Health Department has release multilingual videos to help explain these changes in American Sign LanguageChineseSpanish, and Vietnamese.
    Citywide Virtual Town Hall
    Friday June 12 at 4pm
    This Friday is our next Citywide Virtual Town Hall. Your questions will be answered by City leaders and staff, directly from the subject matter experts. Register and submit questions at mountainview.gov/town_hall
    Webinar: Temporary Eviction Moratorium
    Tuesday June 9 at 3pm
    Thursday June 11 at 6pm
    Thursday June 18 at 3pm
    Thursday June 25 at 6pm
    The Mountain View Neighborhood and Housing Division will be holding a webinar to review the Temporary Eviction Moratorium that was passed by City Council on March 27, 2020 and suspends all residential rental evictions for non-payment of rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eviction Moratorium has been extended through August 31, 2020.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    For more information regarding the temporary eviction moratorium, visit mountainview.gov/evictionrelief, call the Mountain View Rental Housing Helpline at (650) 282-2514 or email csfra@housing.org.
    Tele Town Halls
    Insurance and Small Business Resources
    During COVID-19
    Friday, June 12 at 1pm
    California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Assembly Member Kevin Kiley (AD-06) and Small Business Majority are hosting a virtual town hall to discuss insurance issues for small business owners during the pandemic.
    30-Minute California Policy Update
    Friday June 12 at 10am
    Small Business Majority and CAMEO invites you to join us to hear updates on funding options and new policies that could impact your business.
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