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    June 12, 2020
    Dear Mountain View,
     
    With Santa Clara County moving full steam into Phase 2, the opening of Castro Street to pedestrians, and Father's Day coming up, it's the perfect time for shopping - and for merchants to add their businesses to the universal gift card.
     
    We also have more information and resources on re-opening - especially with regards to changes downtown - including webinars, open forums, and web tools.
     
    Mountain View's Universal Gift Card is Here!
     
    The Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association are excited to launch Mountain View's Universal Gift Card! Powered by Gifted.co, this app allows you to shop at multiple participating business with a single card. It's perfect for heading down newly opened Castro Street, rewarding your favorite first responder or outstanding employee, or getting a gift for Dad.
     
    We're delighted that some of our most loved businesses have already signed on, and we're adding more quickly. And there's no fee to sign up.
     
     
     
    It's an excellent way for merchants to welcome back customers and for the community to support our local businesses. And it only gets better with more folks joining on!
    "Back to Business" Series:
     
    The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce presents our latest installment of our Back to Business series with important updates about opening Castro Street to pedestrians, combined with a discussion about requesting permit changes that can help businesses recover and grow, including parking, zoning and signage requirements. Tiffany Chew, Business Development Specialist for the City of Mountain View, will be joining us to discuss these topics.
     
    If you have other permit changes you would like the Chamber to consider bringing to the attention of City Council, please email us at info@chambermv.org.
     
     
     
    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. As a reminder, you'll need to:
     
    • 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.
    REMINDER: 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
    FIND CONTRACTING JOBS WITH CALTRANS
    June 24 at 10am
     
    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible for the
    delivery of transportation programs and projects and manages over 50,000 miles of highway and freeway lanes. In this webinar, learn to navigate through Caltrans construction and A&E contract information websites to find contracting opportunities to help your business grow!
     
    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:
     
    Discussion of New Health Order
     
    During Wednesday’s Facebook Live Briefing, Deputy County Executive David Campos interviewed County Counsel James Williams about amendments to the current Shelter in Place Order that went into effect on Friday, June 5. The changes ​allow multiple sectors and activities to resume, including in-store retail, outdoor dining, all manufacturing, small service businesses, childcare and summer programs, and small outdoor ceremonies and religious gatherings. 
     
    Before answering some of the frequent questions we have received, Mr. Williams expressed that this change to the Public Health Order is a significant one. We have reached a phase in the easing of restrictions that there is now more open than is closed – with sufficient physical distancing and safety protocols in place. This is all thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of our residents and local businesses.
     
    Changes for Restaurants Under the New Order
     
    During Friday’s Facebook Live Briefing, 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.
     
    Special Hearings on Economic Recovery Continue on Monday
     
    On Friday, the Board of Supervisors held the first in a series of special hearings related to economic recovery and safely reopening the economy. Panelists representing a number of industry sectors from manufacturing to construction, life sciences, grocery stores and other industries were heard. You can watch the video and see all the presentations here.
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