TUESDAY AUGUST 11, 2020
    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

    Join Karen Kienzle,  Director of the Palo Alto Art Center and her team to learn how ART inspires the artist in everyone.

    Hear from Karen about  the diverse range of exhibitions, public programs, educational events, and art classes available VIRTUALLY and IN-PERSON for  adults and children. 

    We hope you will be inspired by the Art Center’s creative and collaborative approach to art that fosters innovation, and its embracing of art as a tool for communication, learning, personal expression, and community building.

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    City of Palo Alto
    City of Palo Alto announces updated
    California Ave. & University Ave. Summer Streets schedule
     Weekly check-in meetings for businesses and bi-weekly meetings
    for public feedback and comment will continue through the first week in August. 
    See more details here


    Santa Clara County;

     Public Health Department

    COVID - 19 Response efforts :

    About 86% of infections are occurring through community spread and a troubling trend is the fast-rising rates of positive cases in young adults ages 18 to 39. Although this group may see lower rates of hospitalization and severe illness, the epidemic is spreading more quickly among these residents. It is then only a matter of time before the virus is transmitted from them to more vulnerable populations. You can hear a clip of Dr. Cody talking to the Board of Supervisors on this trend here.


    County Releases New Dashboards and Detailed Data Tables for COVID-19

    On Monday, the County released the complete data tables underlying its published dashboards tracking COVID-19 testing, cases, deaths, and hospital utilization. Accessible online via the County’s Open Data Portal, these data tables contain full information from those dashboards, from the first cases in our area through the present. The data tables will be regularly updated to add the most recent information from the dashboards. The County closely tracks spread of disease and healthcare system response in our area and will continue to make more data available as response activities evolve. More data can be found through the Public Health Department’s Data Dashboards.

     On Thursday, the County also launched a new Data Dashboard on hospital capacity. This dashboard will provide additional information on the number of patients in general acute care hospitals within the county, as well as the number and percent of all beds that are available.


    Pop-up Testing Locations for the Week of July 27

     The pop-up testing program operated by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) continues to provide free diagnostic COVID-19 testing around the County. Nasal swab testing is free for everyone—no health insurance or doctor’s note is required. No appointment is needed; anyone can simply stop by to get tested. A list of pop-up locations can be found online here. As always, residents can find a testing location across the County at http://www.sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1.   


    State Releases Guidelines for Outdoor Barbershops and Hair Salons

    On Monday, California Department of Public Health released guidelines for barbershops and hair salons to operate outdoors in a safe environment. The document provides guidance for hair salons and barbershops to support a safe, clean, outdoor environment for workers and customers. Hair salon or barbershop owners or operators must acknowledge that lessees should only resume operations when they are ready and able to implement the necessary safety measures to provide for their safety and that of their customers.

    The guidelines state that outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement. Salons and barbershops should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment.

    Click here for the full guidelines.


    Governor Newsom Announces New Supports for California Workers 


    Governor Gavin Newsom announced a host of new safeguards for California workers who face the greatest risk of COVID-19. He also committed to working with the Legislature and key stakeholders to expand critical protections like paid sick leave.


    Helping Workers Isolate and Quarantine

    The state will allocate existing federal funds to local public health departments and community-based organizations to assist with supportive services for isolation and quarantine. A new program, Housing for the Harvest, provides safe, temporary isolation spaces for agricultural and farmworkers who test positive or were exposed to the virus, which limits the risk of spreading COVID-19 to their coworkers or households.


    Outreach and Education

    This effort will leverage the public service media campaign and build a more comprehensive community engagement strategy to include work with community-based organizations, promotores, labor unions and worker advocacy groups to directly reach workers.


    Support for Employees

    Governor Newsom will work with the Legislature to build on previous executive action and advance worker protections. Expanded paid sick leave will provide workers financial security so they are able to stay home when sick. Similarly, workers’ compensation access helps ensure that front-line workers can quarantine and stay home from work when ill.


    Employer Resources

    As California businesses work to reopen, a new Employer Playbook released yesterday will guide them on how to provide a clean environment for workers and customers to reduce risk.


    Strategic Enforcement

    Cal/OSHA and the Labor Commissioner’s Office have strategically targeted investigations in high-risk industries, where the state has seen the most workplace outbreaks. Expedited enforcement authority and advanced reporting of health and safety hazards at work will improve enforcement outcomes. Requiring employers to report outbreaks to their local health departments will help track county transmission. Governor Newsom will work with the Legislature to establish this authority.

    California for All Small Business Month: Governor Newsom proclaimed July 2020 as Small Business Month which coincided with the start of the “Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal” campaign. The #ShopSafeShopLocal campaign encourages shoppers in California to help small businesses operate safely during the pandemic. It also provides small business owners with resources to help them improve their online presence, including free website development and digital marketing. Find resources here.


    UPDATED GUIDANCE - Lodging, Outdoor Dining, Outdoor Pools

    New guidance for Lodging: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/mandatory-directives-lodging.aspx


    New guidance for Outdoor dining: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/mandatory-directives-outdoor-dining.aspx


    New guidance for Outdoor Swimming Pools: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/mandatory-directives-outdoor-pools.aspx



    Coronavirus - Businness Impact Resources   

    Businesses will need to begin thinking more strategically and  should anticipate new models for customer & guest services , here are a few articles that provide some observations on the NEW NORMAL 

    The new era of consumer buying and workplace behavior https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/seven-habits-digital-revolution-risto-l%C3%A4hdesm%C3%A4ki/

    3 Behavioral Trends due to COVID-19: From the Harvard Business Reviewhttps://hbr.org/2020/05/3-behavioral-trends-that-will-reshape-our-post-covid-world

    6 Business Trends due to COVID-19https://projekt202.com/blog/2020/6-business-trends-likely-to-stick-around-after-covid-19

    Coronavirus' business impact: Evolving perspective | McKinsey



    In this time of challenge and outrage, as Americans across this country deal with the personal and professional disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic  and now march in protest of systemic racism and inequality, it is clear that we still have a long way to go.  It is even more incumbent on us in the business community to model the behaviors and practices of acceptance, diversity and inclusiveness that have built this nation into the strongest economy in the world.








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