FAQ: COVID-19 in Oregon

April 1, 2020 (Updated April 7, 2021)

Travel Oregon’s mission remains the same throughout these challenging times — to provide informationresources and content that inspires travel to and within Oregon. The health and safety of our visitors has always been our top priority in Oregon — now, more than everDuring these unparalleled times, Travel Oregon is urging all travelers to take protective measures against the coronavirus and make informed travel decisions. We hope you are inspired to visit Oregon in the future, when it is time to do so. We’ll be here, ready to welcome all visitors when that time comes. 

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in Oregon.

What are Oregon’s new COVID-19 guidelines?

Oregon is operating under a Risk and Safety Framework that measures the risk of COVID-19 county by county based on cases per 100,000 residents. There are four levels of risk in this framework – Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower Risk – and each level has health and safety guidance for individuals and businesses to follow. Counties will be assessed on a two-week cadence, and risk levels will be updated based on data collected during that period. 

There is no Zero Risk category, and it is critical that Oregonians and visitors continue to wear face coverings (they’re required indoors and in public outdoor spaces), maintain physical distance, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick. Find the most up-to-date information at coronavirus.oregon.gov and weekly reports at Oregon Health Authority. 

What travel advisories are in effect?

Oregon, California and Washington are operating under a travel advisory which includes the following recommendations: 

  • Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel. 
  • Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. 
  • Essential travelincludes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security. 

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Yes. It is required to wear face coverings at all times in Oregon, including in all public indoor and outdoor spaces. The only exceptions are while eating and drinking; children 5 and younger and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings are exempt. 

  • Indoor examples include (but are not limited to): restaurants, hotels, grocery/retail stores, museums, public restrooms, public transit. 
  • Outdoor examples include (but are not limited to): trailheads, trails when passing other groups, boat ramps, outdoor dining/wine tasting, outdoor recreation groups. 

How many cases of coronavirus are in Oregon right now?

The best resource for the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Oregon is the Oregon Health Authoritywebsite. 

Can we travel?

Right now, it’s important for Oregonians to stay local, avoiding non-essential travel. If you’re arriving in Oregon from out of state, or you’re an Oregonian returning home, a 14-day self-quarantine advisory is in place. Face coverings are required statewide, both indoors and outdoors. 

A masked florist passes a bouquet to a masked customer.
It is required to wear face coverings at all times in Oregon, including in all public indoor and outdoor spaces. (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

I’m planning a trip from out of state. Do I need to quarantine when I arrive?

Oregon, California and Washington have issued a travel advisory that recommends persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including Oregonians returning home, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel. 

Are COVID-19 tests being administered at the Oregon border?

No. COVID-19 tests are not being given at the Oregon border. 

What is the latest executive order from the governor’s office?

The state is currently operating under Executive Order 20-66 (Risk and Safety Framework), which supersedes the governor’s June 5, 2020 Executive Order 20-27 (Safe and Strong Oregon Phase II). The current executive order establishes risk level metrics that place each county into one of four risk levels: Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower Risk. Each level has a corresponding health and safety guidance for individuals and businesses. Find out a county’s risk level here and see the state’s guidance by activities

Which counties are open? What restrictions remain in place?

Under Oregon’s Risk and Safety Framework, restrictions are based on a county’s risk level, which is assessed every two weeks. Find the most up-to-date information at coronavirus.oregon.gov and weekly reports at Oregon Health AuthoritySee the state guidance by activity here

Masked friends enjoy the covered patio of Will Leather Goods.
Oregon stores are open for business and many of them offer curbside pickup. (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

Are hotels open? Are vacation rentals open?

Hotels and lodging properties are open. It’s always best to check directly with the property as some amenities and protocols have changed. Here’s what to expect at Oregon hotels during COVID-19

Here is a list of county risk levels, which may affect business operations. Remember, face coverings are required in all indoor/public spaces in Oregon – this includes hotels and other lodging properties.  

Are restaurants, bars or attractions open?

Yes, but specific business operations depend on a county’s risk level. A map of Oregon’s Risk Levels by county can be found here. See the state guidance by activity here. Many restaurants have expanded their outdoor dining space and know what to expect at Oregon restaurants. Wineries are also open, but brush up on what has changed so you’re properly prepared for a fun outing. 

It’s always a good idea to check directly with a business/attraction you’d like to visit to confirm hours of operation and if reservations are required. Always have a backup option. 

What guidelines do I need to follow while I travel through Oregon?

Oregon counties are following a framework of measures based on risk level associated with COVID-19. There are four levels in this framework  Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower RiskEach risk level has health and safety guidance for individuals and businesses based on activities. See the state guidance by activity here.   

The state has also enacted a travel advisory that includes a 14-day self-quarantine for visitors and Oregonians who are arriving from another state or country. 

There aregeneral guidelines public should follow regardless of where they live or their county’s risk level 

  • Stay close to home.   
  • Stay home if you are sick.  
  • Use cloth, paper, or disposable face coverings in all public indoor and outdoor spaces (retail stores, hotels, grocery stores, parks, trailheads, boat ramps, etc.). 
  • Practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and people who you do not live with.   
  • If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath) while in public, please return home and self-isolate immediately.   
  • Practice good hand hygiene with frequent handwashing that lasts for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol content).   
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with elbow or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately discard it in the garbage and wash your hands.   
  • Avoid touching your face.   

I’m planning a road trip through Oregon, can I make overnight stops as I drive through the state?

Yes. Please check directly with any hotel or lodging property you might visit. Depending on which county you’re in, there may be different limitations on businesses based on county risk level. Here is where you can find a county’s risk level and here is where you can find state guidance by activity 

Can I visit Oregon wineries?

Yes. More tasting rooms are open to visitors, but some are open for curbside pickup only. Call before you go to confirm hours, and book an appointment for the best experience. Learn more about what to expect when visiting Oregon wineries here

Will ski resorts be open this season?

In order to operate safely, ski areas are following guidelines by the Oregon Health Authority and operational guidelines developed in partnership with the National Ski Areas Association’s  Ski Well, Be Well Program. These guidelines include physical distancing, face coverings, regular sanitization and individual responsibility and accountability to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to ensure a safe winter season. These new operating systems may require the advance purchase of lift tickets and parking reservations. Plan ahead and learn about what to expect before you go. 

Can I go camping?

Yes. Federal land managers and state and county parks may have different rules around camping. Please make sure to check with the site you want to visit to confirm that it’s open and to learn its current rules.  

Travel Oregon has compiled resources for outdoor recreation experiences here. Read specific FAQs from the governor’s office around outdoor recreation here. And don’t forget your face covering. They are required at public outdoor spaces (campgrounds, trailheads, boat ramps, etc.) where physical distance cannot be maintained. Check out OPRD’s question/answer page here

Three friends appear to smile behind their face coverings.
It is required to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces in all counties. (Photo by Timothy Sofranko / Visit McMinnville)
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What do I need to know before visiting a state park or other outdoor recreation site?

It’s important to only visit open sites that are close to home, avoiding popular areas and peak hours. It’s not the right time to travel far to get outside. Visiting a distant park can put a community’s limited resources at risk and make you less prepared for unexpected closures. Help share messaging on how to be safe and responsible in Oregon’s outdoors.   

  • Please be prepared and flexible with your plans. If a park appears crowded, leave and come back at another time.  
  • Stay home if you’re sick.  
  • If you visit, stay local and close to home– meaning less than 50 miles in urban areas.  
  • Only visit the park with members of your household.  
  • Bring all supplies—food, water, hand cleanser—needed for a short trip.   

If there’s space at the park, please:

  • Wear a face covering, especially at the trailhead and parking lot where it may be crowded. A homemade mask is fine. 
  • Stay at least six feet away from people who aren’t from your household.  Farther apart is better. 
  • Cover your cough with a tissue (then throw it away) or the inside of your elbow. 
  • Pack out everything you bring with you and follow other ways to Take Care Out There.
  • Stick to low-risk activities to reduce stress on local emergency response and health care systems. 
  • Keep your visit short. Restrooms and other buildings may be closed. 
  • Watch for signs at the park for more information.  

I have a guided trip planned in Oregon. Should I cancel?

Make sure you work with the tour guide or operator you made your plans with. Tour guides and operators are working to comply with the state’s safety guidelines. If it is not possible to travel, consider postponing instead of canceling your trip. Oregon guides and outfitters depend on reservation deposits to sustain their businesses – and the local economy. By maintaining these investments, you will make an important impact and have a lot to look forward to once physical distancing is no longer needed. When it’s time to explore, Oregon will be ready for you. 

For more information on outdoor recreation, visit Travel Oregon’s outdoor recreation resource page.

Is Travel Oregon marketing right now?

Travel Oregon is focusing its communication and marketing work towards supporting the governor’s statewide message of first staying home and second staying local and supporting local businesses. We are also working with partners like Oregon State Parks on developing consumer-facingresponsible recreation messaging.  

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Jaime Eder
Jaime is on the Communications team at Travel Oregon. When she’s not spending time at home with her family and sweet pup, you can find her soaking up the sunshine in Central Oregon while sipping a local IPA.

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