FAQ: COVID-19 in Oregon

April 1, 2020 (Updated July 31, 2020)

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.

How many cases of coronavirus are in Oregon right now?

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

What is Oregon’s plan for reopening?

Governor Brown has released an initial “Reopening Oregon Framework.” Details around the Governor’s plan can be found on the state’s main COVID-19 website.

What is the latest executive order from the governor’s office? Are the stay at home orders still in place?

On June 3 the governor’s office released Executive Order 20-27 (“Safe and Strong Oregon Phase II”), which supersedes the Governor’s March 23 Executive Order 20-12 (Stay Home, Save Lives). The stay-at-home orders are not in place but limiting non-essential travel is recommended. This order mainly focuses on updates to incorporate counties moving to Phase 2, but also lifts additional restrictions in Phase 1 and Baseline counties. Information on outdoor recreation and travel can be found on page 10.

For additional updates relevant to travel, please check out our Travel Alerts section.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

It is required to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces in all counties. Face coverings are also required in outdoor public spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained. Children and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings.

Starting July 24, children 5 and older are required to wear face covers in public (small children were previously exempt from face cover requirements).

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.

Three adults wear face coverings at a picnic while a toddler does not.
Starting July 24, children 5 and older are required to wear face covers in public (small children were previously exempt from face cover requirements).

Which counties are open? What restrictions remain in place?

  • One county is currently at baseline, five counties are in Phase 1 and 30 counties in Phase 2. 
  • View the status of all counties in Oregon here.  
  • A county must successfully operate in Phase 1 for at least 21 days before applying to be reviewed and approved to move into Phase 2. 
  • As of July 1, it is required to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces (restaurants, bars, hotels, grocery stores, museums, etc.) in all counties. Exceptions include children under 12 and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing face coverings.   

Can we travel?

Although it’s important to stay local, with most counties in Phase 2, more people will start venturing out. Guidance around travel may vary county by county. It is important for Oregonians, and out-of-state visitors to always plan ahead, be patient and flexible. Call businesses before you visit to make sure they are open. Many attractions and businesses that are reopening are doing so at limited capacity, may have different hours of operation and reservations may be required. Lodging properties may also choose to space out reservations. Face coverings are required (restaurants, bars, hotels, grocery stores, museums, etc.) and in public outdoor spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained.

I’m planning a trip from out of state. Will I need to quarantine when I get home? Are COVID-19 tests being administered at the Oregon border?

The decision to self-isolate upon your return is entirely up to you. The Oregon border is open and there are no mandatory COVID-19 test required upon entering the state. However, please check our website for county or city that you are visiting to know the most up to date information. Businesses are just starting to re-open so please be flexible and have patience.

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

Many attractions and businesses that are reopening are doing so at limited capacity and reservations may be required. Lodging properties may also choose to space out reservations. It is important for Oregonians, and out-of-state visitors to always plan ahead, be patient and flexible. Anyone traveling through the state should be aware of county-specific guidelines for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. View the list of counties and current phases here. Effective July 24, restaurants and bars across the state are required to close at 10 p.m.

Are hotels open? Are vacation rentals open?

It’s always best to check directly with the property. Although a county may be reopening, some businesses are choosing to stay closed, or operate under limited capacity. If the lodging property is open, call ahead or visit a business profile online to learn what guidelines they are asking visitors to follow. Beginning July 1, face coverings are required in all indoor/public spaces in Oregon – that includes hotels and other lodging properties. 

You can also check the city or county websites for updated information or Travel Oregon alerts page.

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

Have patience with businesses as they are also getting used to the “new normal.” Be flexible, if there’s a crowd at a place you want to visit, you may need to move on to plan B. Try to stay 6 feet from other groups. We are all excited that we have the opportunity to slowly begin traveling again but it’s important to be thoughtful so the state can continue to move forward through the reopening process.

Face coverings are required indoors (restaurants, bars, hotels, grocery stores, museums, etc.) and in public outdoor spaces where it’s difficult to maintain physical distance. Exceptions include children under 5 and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face covering.

As the state reopens, it’s important to remember the risks. We must all do our best to protect ourselves and others. The state has released general guidelines public should follow regardless of where they live or what phase of reopening their community is in.

  • 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.  
  • People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 60 or have underlying medical conditions) should stay home even if they feel well.  
  • 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 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 tissue in garbage and your wash hands.  
  • Avoid touching your face.  

If I’m visiting from out of state, can I go to an Oregon winery?

Yes. Wineries in counties that are in Phase 1 are allowed to reopen. Remember that many attractions and businesses that are reopening are doing so at limited capacity and reservations may be required.  It’s best to check directly with the business before you go. It is also important to bring your face covering – they are required indoors and when it is difficult to maintain physical distance outdoors.

I heard Oregon State Parks are open, is this true?

Yes, state parks have slowly been reopening. Here is a state park status map that shows all parks that have reopened. Many state parks are also open for overnight camping. View the full list here.

Can I go camping if I’m with my family/household?

Federal land managers and local city and county parks may have different rules around camping. Please make sure to check with the site you want to visit to know its current rules. Travel Oregon has compiled resources for outdoor recreation experiences here. Read specific guidance from the governor’s office for outdoor recreation organizations 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.

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What do I need to know before visiting one of the reopened state parks or other outdoor recreation sites?

As recreation sites gradually reopen to the public, visitors will need to adjust their habits. Right now, it’s important to only visit open sites that are close to home, avoiding popular areas and peak hours. Its 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. Homemade is fine.
  • Stay at least six feet away from people who aren’t from your household. Further apart is better.
  • Cover your cough with a tissue (then throw it away), or the inside of your elbow.
  • Leave no trace: Pack out everything you bring with you.
  • 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 this summer. 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 new reopening guidelines. If it is not possible to travel, consider postponing instead of canceling your upcoming 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 the Travel Oregon’s outdoor recreation resource page here or OPRD’s question/answer page here.

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-facing responsible recreation messaging as public lands began to reopen. 

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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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