FAQ: COVID-19 in Oregon

April 1, 2020 (Updated November 24, 2021)

To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective August 27, Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor  settings regardless of vaccination status.  Some Oregon businesses are starting to require proof of a vaccination as well. While masks are not required in outdoor settings, health authorities still “strongly recommended” them in the outdoors for people at higher risk from the disease, such as people who are elderly, immunocompromised, or those who haven’t been vaccinated.

Please continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up, or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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

 

What are Oregon’s new COVID-19 guidelines?

Starting Nov. 8, the U.S. has reopened its borders to vaccinated international travelers. Some countries may require negative PCR tests before re-entry. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information about where to get tested. Oregonians are excited to reconnect with the global community and reunite with friends and families.

As of August 13, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Face covers are required for ages 5 and up in all public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Find the most up-to-date information at coronavirus.oregon.gov and weekly reports at Oregon Health Authority.

Do I need to wear a face covering and practice social distancing? What if I am fully vaccinated?

Face coverings are required for ages 5 and up in all public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are strongly recommended in crowded outdoor spaces as well.

Following federal guidance, face coverings are also required for all individuals, vaccinated or not, on public transportation (airports, buses, trains, ride share, etc.) as well as in hospitals, correctional facilities and long-term care facilities.

What travel advisories are in effect?

There are currently no travel advisories in effect. Please use your best judgment, practice good hygiene, and stay home if you don’t feel well.

COVID-19 restrictions are easing, can we travel?

Short answer: YES.

Long answer: The highly contagious Delta variant is rapidly spreading throughout the state. Face covers are required in all public indoor spaces (ages 5 and up), regardless of vaccination status. Here are a few tips to make your trip the best it can be:

  • Be patient and kind. Some businesses may ask for proof of vaccinations, please be prepared to show your card if asked, or have a backup plan. Remember, it’s to keep you safe and to help keep businesses open.
  • Do your research. Plan ahead and have a Plan B if your destination is crowded.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene, and please, stay home if you feel sick.
A masked florist passes a bouquet to a masked customer.
As of mid-May, face covering and vaccination guidance continues to develop at the national, state and local level. Please continue to bring your face covering with you when you leave your home or lodging property as guidance is still new. (Photo by Andrea Johnson)

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

Only if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 along the way.

I’m planning a trip from out of the country. Where can I find a PCR test in Oregon? 

Some countries may require negative PCR tests before re-entry. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for information about where to get tested.

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

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

I heard Oregon is requiring vaccine passports, is this true?

No. Though, some businesses or attractions may ask to see proof of your vaccination status. This is not a HIPAA violation. If showing your vaccine card makes you uncomfortable, please have a backup plan ready.

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

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 it is 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. 

Remember, face coverings are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Besides wearing face coverings, what else can I do to keep myself and others safe?

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. 

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 a choice for businesses to allow checking for vaccines to remove face coverings or tell everyone to continue using face coverings. (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?

  • 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.  
  • Bring your face covering as park rules are dependent on county risk levels.
  • Pack out everything you bring with you and follow other ways to Take Care Out There.
  • Watch for signs at the park for more information.  

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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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