Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Information

These are extraordinary times and Travel Oregon strives to provide you up-to-date information.  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).

March 31, 2020: The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has now spread to at least 150 countries including the United States and has infected more than 500,000 people.

Here in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority has confirmed 606 positive cases for COVID-19. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued the following directives to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • Restaurants and bars as restricted to carry-out and delivery only.
  • Public schools are closed until April 28.
  • Shopping is prohibited at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines. Closures include:
    • Recreation: Playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities
    • Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open
    • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, skating rinks, and exercise studios
    • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and non-medical wellness spas
    • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls
  • 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.
  • 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:

Park Closures

March 27, 2020: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will close recreational salmon fishing in the Columbia River for at least two weeks.

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 through at least May 8, 2020.

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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