How to Stay Safe and Support Downtown Oklahoma City Businesses
Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership continues to closely monitor the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the OKC-County Health Department (OCCHD) recommendations on prevention and spread of the virus. The safety of our community is our number one priority. We have currently postponed all of our events that are scheduled to take place in April and are reevaluating our events in May and June as well. We will continue to talk with the City of Oklahoma City and will follow all guidelines issued by OCCHD. We will provide updates as changes are made.
During this time of change in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in downtown and throughout our community and to continue supporting them even if you cannot visit them physically.
In the press conference today, March 17th, 2020, our community was provided some new information.
"Oklahoma City Mayor David Hold announced Tuesday he will modify the proclamation of a state of emergency to order all bars, gyms and theaters to close, and restaurants to serve only take-out or delivery food, until April 12.
The announcement is to help limit the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) in Oklahoma City. Public health officials say it's critically important to limit social interactions, which will slow the rate of infection and ensure people who are sick receive the best possible care."
Currently, many Downtown Oklahoma City businesses are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Follow guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette if you intend to visit a business or public space.
Here are some things you can do to support our small and local businesses during this time:
Shop online or via phone. Many of downtown’s retailers have online shopping available; our local and independent shops will help you get what you need via phone, Facetime, or other methods, if necessary.
Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.
If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
If you do not need anything specific now but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later in our various storefront businesses.
For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in.
Buy gift cards for many local restaurants.
Our community health depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the Downtown Oklahoma City economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures. We are actively updating our website with COVID-19 news and information that will be helpful to our community. Get the latest local COVID-19 updates at covid.19.okc.gov.