Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Information

(Updated May 21, 2020)

These are extraordinary times and Travel Oregon strives to provide you up-to-date information. On March 8, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency to address the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. An Executive Order issued March 23 directs Oregonians to stay home except for essential needs.

Your safety is our highest priority and we want you to have the resources you need to make informed travel decisions when it comes to COVID-19 (or coronavirus)

After nearly two months of restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, most Oregon counties are starting to gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions as of May 15. But even as this process starts, it is not quite “business as usual.”

  • Across the state, 33 counties are entering Phase 1 of the governor’s framework for a phased reopening. This allows these counties to reopen bars, restaurants, personal services businesses and malls as of May 15. Non-essential travel still is limited and expect businesses and public facilities to operate differently than before quarantine, with new safety measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more about these counties and what it means for you.
  • Beginning May 7, Oregon State Parks will start offering limited day-use services at select locations; in addition, some federal lands are also opening.
  • Restaurants and bars in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties (Greater Portland area) will continue to be restricted to carry-out and delivery only.
  • Retail locations that are not located in a mall are allowed to stay open if they can meet safety and physical distancing guidelines, according to the state’s coronavirus guidelines.
  • Non-emergency medical care, as well as dental and non-essential veterinary visits, are allowed to resume statewide.
  • Public schools are closed through the rest of the school year.
  • Oregonians should stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained. Failure to comply with Executive Order 20-12 will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

Additionally, Oregon State Welcome Centers are closed until further notice. Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information or submit travel questions to Ask Oregon.

These community mitigation efforts are considered the quickest and most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions. We urge all travelers to check in with businesses and event organizers before traveling and take protective measures against COVID-19 while you travel:

  • If you are ill, please stay home.
  • Make sure you practice social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Do not touch your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick, and avoid public places if you develop respiratory illness symptoms like fever and cough.

Finally, remember that viruses don’t discriminate. The coronavirus does not target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds.

For more traveler information and prevention tips, we encourage you to seek the most current information from the following sources:

Recreation Closures

May 5, 2020: Non-residents may once again participate recreational hunting, fishing in Oregon ⁠— however, crabbing and clamming remains closed for non-residents. Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishing will reopen for four days (May 5, 7, 9, 13) with select open areas and bag limits.

March 26, 2020: Central Oregon’s Deschutes Land Trust closed its preserves, trails and parking areas to the public.

March 24, 2020: The entire waterfall corridor of the Columbia River Gorge, Bridal Veil and Ainsworth, is closed.

March 23, 2020: To combat the spread of COVID-19, the entire Oregon State Parks system is closed until further notice.

Feb. 12, 2020: Ecola State Park is closed until further notice south of Indian Beach Day Use Area due to recent landslides that damaged the park entrance road. For more information, visit Oregon State Parks.

Oregon Welcome Centers

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect the public, Travel Oregon has changed the way we provide services at Oregon Welcome Centers. The state’s welcome centers are closed until further notice. Visitors may call 1.800.547.7842 to request information or submit your travel questions to Ask Oregon.  At PDX, the Welcome Center brochures and other print materials are still available and accessible.

Winter Travel Conditions

Oregonians know that winter weather here can change in a minute, so always check road conditions on before you go. If you know how to drive in the snow (you know who you are), make sure to carry chains and know how to use them. Or, invest in snow tires for the season. See the Oregon Department of Transportation’s tips and handy videos on everything related to winter driving. (Don’t be that person caught on the TV news sliding down an icy hill.)

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