February 13, 2021

COVID-19 Response & Recovery

The following is information about the City of San José’s response to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support our most at-risk communities.


City of San José

Emergency Operations Center

Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations

  • Phased Approach to City’s Reopening: The City is closely monitoring regulatory guidance and is coordinating the reopening of City facilities and services in a phased approach that focuses on ensuring the safety of the public and City employees. 


  • BizChatSJ Workshop Thursday: The City’s Office of Economic Development is hosting an online chat forum Thursday, June 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Registration is required for the free, web-based workshop where you can hear experts share ideas and advice, chat with other business owners, and ask questions. 


  • Leininger Center Welcomes Back Picnic Reservation: Picnic reservations for small and large group gatherings are now available after pausing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All reservation holders are required to follow all State and County health guidelines in effect on the reservation date. Picnic reservations can be made online or in-person at Leininger Center, located at 1300 Senter Rd., San José.

Updates from the State of California

  • California Is Officially Reopened: Effective June 15, California moved away from the county tiered system – lifting capacity restrictions on businesses, eliminating physical distancing, and relaxing mask guidance. Highlights of the state’s Beyond the Blueprint program are below:
    • Fully vaccinated Californians generally do not need to wear masks. Exceptions include when going on public transportation, riding in an airplane, attending school, going to a doctor’s office or visiting either a housing facility for older people or a homeless shelter. Additionally, private facilities or businesses are allowed to require masks at their discretion. 
    • Unvaccinated residents are still required to wear a mask at all times indoors, and outdoors if within six feet of another person. 
    • Businesses can return to their pre-pandemic occupancy levels, and no longer need to ensure customers maintain social distancing. 
    • At indoor “mega events” such as conventions, shows or concerts with more than 5,000 participants, all attendees are required to verify their vaccination status or negative test result prior to entering. The same protocol is recommended – but not required – for outdoor mega events.
    • Cal/OSHA is expected to vote Thursday, June 17, on updates to their rules that will align more closely with the state’s masking guidance. Until at least Thursday, all workers should expect to continue masking in the workplace.
  • Water System Cut Offs Delayed: On June 12, Governor Newsom issued an update to his Executive Order N-42-20, which suspended water system providers authority to discontinue service for non-payment. The new Executive Order extends the moratorium through September 30, 2021, when it will expire. This update will provide temporary reprieve for California residents who are struggling to pay their water bills.  

COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, Tracing, and Support Services

  • County COVID-19 Vaccine Raffles: The County of Santa Clara, the SAP Center, the Golden State Warriors, and the City of San José are collaborating to raffle off more than 100 tickets to upcoming events and other prizes to anyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at select County-run vaccination sites* in the next few weeks. If you get vaccinated between June 16 and June 22, you will be entered to win tickets to Bad Bunny (3/03/22), Harry Styles (8/20/21) or Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin (11/14/21). A raffle will take place every Wednesday at 2 p.m. from June 23 to July 28 on the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s Instagram Live (@scc_publichealth) feed.

    Individuals who have already been vaccinated will be eligible for the raffle if they bring proof of vaccination and accompany an unvaccinated person to a County-operated clinic for a vaccine. For a full schedule of vaccine clinics this week and the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines in Santa Clara County, please visit

    *County-run sites included: Overfelt High School, the County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Valley Specialty Center, Levi’s Stadium (through June 24th), Mountain View Community Center, or Gilroy High School. Pop-up clinics are not included in the raffle.

  • No Appointment Necessary for COVID-19 Vaccinations: The vaccine clinic locations listed below do not require advance appointments. Vaccines are free, and no insurance or proof of immigration status is required. Anyone age 12 or older is eligible. Staff will be onsite to support language needs and disability access. Individuals seeking vaccination are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before closing time. Additional clinic dates and locations are added frequently, check for the most up-to-date information.
    • Fairgrounds Expo Hall
      2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San José 95111
      Wednesday-Thursday, June 16-17, 1 to 8 p.m.
      Closed Friday, June 18
      Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m,


    • Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink)
      2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San José 95122
      Wednesday-Friday, June 16-18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    • Overfelt High School
      1835 Cunningham Ave., San José 95122
      Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Friday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      Sunday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    • North East Medical Services
      1870 Lundy Ave., San José 95131
      Wednesday-Friday, June 16-18,1 to 5 p.m.


    • Emmanuel Baptist Church
      467 North White Rd., San José 95127
      Wednesday-Friday, June 16-18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


    • Mexican Heritage Plaza (Gardner Health)
      1700 Alum Rock Ave., San José 95116
      Wednesday, June 16, 12 to 5 p.m.
      Thursday, June 17, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    • Valley Specialty Center
      751 S. Bascom Ave., Building Q, San José 95128
      Wednesday-Thursday, June 16-17, 12 to 7:30 p.m.
      Closed Friday, June 18
      Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    • Bay Area Community Health (VTA Santa Teresa Station)
      6360 Santa Teresa Blvd., San José 95119
      Thursday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    • Gilroy High School
      750 W. 10th St., Gilroy 95020
      Thursday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


    • Evergreen Valley College (Parking Lot 5/6)
      3095 Yerba Buena Rd., San Jose 95135
      Friday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


    • Westfield Oakridge (Back Parking Lot)
      925 Blossom Hill Rd., San José 95123
      Saturday, June 19, 1 to 6 p.m.


    • St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Church (Parking Lot)
      324 Gloria Ave., San Jose 95127
      Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


    • Qmunity Pride & Quakes Watch Party
      72 Post St., San José 95113
      Saturday, June 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m.


    • Mayfair Community Center
      2039 Kammerer Ave., San José 95116
      Sunday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    • Rosemary Elementary School
      401 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell 95008
      Sunday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


    • Gilroy Prep School
      277 IOOF Ave., Gilroy, 95020
      Sunday, June 20, 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Appointments Available for Testing This Week: Appointment-based testing continues at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, with rotating appointment-only sites this upcoming week in San José and Campbell. Walk-ins continue to be accepted at standing pop-up sites in Gilroy and San José. Mobile testing buses will be in San José. 
    Appointments can be made starting seven days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at Appointments at the Fairgrounds site are now available five days in advance. Testing is free at all these sites.
    • San José 
      Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A  
      344 Tully Rd., San José 95111 (across from the blue arch) 
      Drive-through, bike, and walk-up appointments 
      Wednesday-Thursday, June 16-17, 1 to 8 p.m. 
      Closed Friday, June 18 
      Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • Pop-up Testing Sites: No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms. Testing done by saliva collection. 
    • San José 
      Emmanuel Baptist Church 
      467 N. White Rd., San José 95127 
      Thursday-Friday, June 17-18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


    • Gilroy 
      South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) 
      9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy 95020 
      Thursday-Friday, June 17-18, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Mobile Testing Bus Sites: Testing by appointment, but drop-in may be available if space allows. Registration for a patient ID is needed for this mobile bus testing and can be completed online at or by phone at 1-888-634-1123.
    • San José 
      OptumServe/CDPH Bus Mobile Testing Bus at Tafatolu Church 
      2510 Alvin Ave., San José 95121 
      Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 


    • Campbell 
      Orchard City Banquet Hall 
      1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell 95008 
      Thursday, June 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


    • Campbell 
      OptumServe/CDPH Bus Mobile Testing Bus at Rosemary Elementary School 
      401 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell 95008 
      Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick. 
    All healthcare systems are required by the County order to offer free testing to symptomatic persons, persons who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, and all essential workers. For more information on testing rights, see our Frequently Asked Questions page
    All test sites are mapped on the County’s website at The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.
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