Since the start of the statewide stay-at-home order issues on March 19th, members and business owners of Downtown Santa Ana have ensured all covid-19 related safety guidelines and protocols are being implemented.
The OC is now in early Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap which allows DTSA restaurants to be able to accommodate dine-in guests and allow retailers will open their doors, with specific regulations.
Santa Ana has innovatively joined a handful of US cities to deploy al fresco dining by creating eight temporary parklets along 4th St/Calle Cuatro along with opening restaurant patios and limited-capacity indoor dining.
Special measures that are reinvigorating downtown's dining ecosystem at this time:
Along with these temporary enforcements restaurants and retail shops are asking their customers to continue wearing face masks, and are limiting their operation hours and restricting their capacity. As a result, reservations may be the best bet to secure your dining spot!
Some restaurants that are now open for sidewalk, patio or inside dining include:
Please let us know if a business is open or closed!
(Above) billed as the world's first social distance omakase dining experience. Wild! (photo by Niyaz Piryani)
(Above) Proposed pop-out proposal for Mission Bar
(Above) Social distance patio at Lola Gaspar
(Above) Happy customers at Chevita's Bagels and Juice
(Above) Restaurants that have been open for Delivery/Takeout
For the latest updates on the reopening of DTSA be sure to follow us on Instagram @dtsantana.
If you run a restaurant, find guidance for dine-in restaurants here:
Story by Jennifer Morones
OC Streetcar is the first modern streetcar project to be built in Orange County and will serve Santa Ana’s historic and thriving downtown, courthouses, government offices, education and cultural institutions, and the thriving DTSA restaurant scene. Expected to begin carrying passengers in 2022, construction is rolling along now to build the tracks along a 4.15-mile route.
The development of this project requires collaboration between the government with local residents and the business community. Therefore, many communication platforms have been explored and pursued to accommodate as many people as possible during construction.
Business Resource Directory
OCTA initially developed a resource guide for local businesses to provide support during OC Streetcar construction. Highlights of the Business Resource Directory that encourage support of local businesses include information on how to obtain construction updates, where to get free business and support and promotional programs including free signage, business spotlights, one-on-one project briefings and a coupon program.
OCTA’s Eat Shop Play Promotes Local Businesses
OCTA also developed the Eat Shop Play program to support businesses located along the future OC Streetcar route. Eat Shop Play offers marketing assistance to increase exposure and foot traffic during construction. Participation is free. OCTA's Eat Shop Play program supports businesses located along the future OC streetcar route. Learn more at octa.net/eatshopplay.
OCTA Partnership with Downtown Business Improvement District Organizations
Over the past five years, OCTA has worked closely with the downtown business district management organizations to ensure businesses are aware, informed and able to provide input on the OC Streetcar project. OCTA Staff have spoken and made appearances at downtown events including DTSA Summer Business Lunches, Downtown Annual Gatherings, DTSA First Saturday Artwalk, DTSA Sidewalk Sales and information sessions OCTA hosted and co-marketed through the business district’s communication channels.
About the Construction
The OC Streetcar Construction has increased to take advantage of many businesses being closed or doing limited business during COVID-19. Current efforts are closing-out the heavy utility relocation work:
Sewer installation work continues along the project route with activities including excavation, trenching, installation of sewer pipelines, and road work and restoration. Sewer installation work requires temporary parking and lane restrictions. Drivers traveling to downtown Santa Ana and to the Santa Ana Transportation Center from the 5 Freeway will encounter detours on Santa Ana Boulevard to accommodate the work activity. Please leave extra time.
Crews will also continue to perform water pipeline work and storm drain installation work along the project route, which requires temporary lane and sidewalk restrictions. Access will be maintained for all residents and businesses.
Get the latest construction updates from OCTA
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Story by Ryan Smolar and Madeleine Spencer with information obtained from octa.net/streetcar
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