Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership is closely monitoring COVID-19 and the effects it is having downtown. We will continue to talk with the City of Oklahoma City and will follow all guidelines issued by OKC - County Health Department. We will provide updates as changes are made. 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.
During this time of change in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses downtown and throughout our community and to continue supporting them. 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 have created a website to stay up to date with business activity and closures during this time, it can be found at downtownokc.com/support-local/.
Retailers have been forced to become innovative within their businesses in order to stay afloat. The founders of Capitals Ice Cream recognized this and were up to the task.
They have created CITYBOX, a collaborative effort amongst local businesses to give people the opportunity to support and experience local retail in the midst of hard times.
The CITYBOX brings the experience of several local Oklahoma City retailers to your living room. When you buy a CITYBOX, you are not only helping a number of local retailers, you are creating an experience in your home to connect with your family and friends through food, drinks, and goods. Show your support by purchasing a CITYBOX at cityboxokc.com.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus.
They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Visit the toolkit here.
Have you responded to the 2020 Census? By today, every household in OKC should have received an invitation by mail to respond to the 2020 Census. You can take the census by phone, mail or online.
Census data helps determine states' representation in Congress and federal funding, among many other things. Experts estimate each household that does not complete the Census survey costs our community about $1,675 in local and federal funding, per person, per year for 10 years.
Help OKC get a complete count of its residents so we receive our fair share of federal funding and more. Take the 2020 Census now!
Another way that businesses have adjusted during this time is by moving to online virtual experiences. Check out what these local organizations are offering:
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art wants to provide you with a virtual experience of the Museum. OKCMOA will provide deeper dives into the community’s permanent collection in both long-form blog posts and videos on their website at okcmoa.com.
Bring artifacts into your classroom and homeschool through Virtual Hope Trunks from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. This new online resource is an exciting way to teach the Oklahoma City bombing and the remarkable community response to it. The first trunk, a 25th Anniversary Virtual Hope Trunk will help teach the Looking Back — Thinking Forward story of the Memorial. Resources for Virtual Hope Trunks can be found here.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens has launched Botanical Broadcast which will feature daily engagements including experiments, crafts, activities, poems, and playlists in support of a weekly garden-theme. The goal is to reconnect with nature while offering learning opportunities for all ages. Find more information on their website.
Every Friday and Saturday night Factory Obscura will livestream two local acts from inside our Mix-Tape experience. These livestreams are at no cost to the artists or viewers. Performances will be streamed on both Facebook and Instagram. Visit factoryobscura.com for more information on the series.
Art's Council's Art Moves streams a live performance every day at noon to offer a midday break while also supporting local artists. Follow their social media accounts in order to stream this content. Find more information on the initiatives they are taking on their website.
These steps are crucial to "flatten the curve" and protect your fellow Oklahomans' lives and livelihoods. They will slow the rate of infection, save crucial medical resources for the sickest and most vulnerable patients, and help us return as soon as possible to a normal way of life. Visit covid19.okc.gov for the latest on COVID-19 in Oklahoma City, including links to graphics, animations and print materials to share on your own. Spread the word to #FlattenTheCurve.