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).

Effective July 15:

  • 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.

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

  • Across the state, counties are entering Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the governor’s framework for a phased reopening. Umatilla County is currently the only county in Baseline status (not open). Non-essential travel still is limited statewide.  Expect safety measures to be in place at businesses and public facilities to slow the spread of COVID-19and be prepared to mask up – face coverings are required. Read more about these counties and what it means for you.
  • Effective July 24, new regulations will be in place around capacity for venues (movie theaters, restaurants, etc.); additionally, restaurants and bars across the state will close at 10 p.m. 
  • Many county, state and federal public lands are beginning to reopen, while some sites and facilities remain closed. Read more about what public lands are open or closed right now.
  • Many retail locations are allowed to stay open if they can meet safety and physical distancing guidelines, according to the state’s coronavirus guidelines.
  • 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). Stay at home orders are not in place but limiting non-essential travel is recommended.  

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.

As of July 17, 2020, travel to Bend is discouraged through Labor Day (September 7, 2020) to protect the health of the community during Oregon’s COVID-19 state of emergency.

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.
  • Wear a face covering. Homemade is fine.
  • 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:

Downtown Portland Demonstrations

While Portland’s nightly demonstrations are largely peaceful, violent confrontations have occurred. We are advising visitors to exercise caution in the area within three blocks of the federal courthouse on SW Third Ave. between Salmon and Madison, especially late at night. Flights in and out of Portland International Airport and transportation in and around the city have not been affected.

Recreation Closures

For closures related to COVID-19, please review the current openings and closures of  outdoor recreation sites and activities.

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.

Wildfire Conditions

Oregon is a big state and we are welcoming visitors. Travel Oregon’s first priority is the safety of our residents and visitors, so we always recommend consulting official resources prior to traveling to ensure access to your destination is safe.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, check out this guide to what you need to know about wildfire season in Oregon.

Are there currently wildfires in Oregon?

For current wildfire information around Oregon and Washington, including an interactive map showing fire incidents, visit NW Coordination Center. Check for the latest road conditions in Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) website for current information on travel and safety conditions.This interactive map monitors the latest air quality information. Please make informed decisions before traveling.

Here are the trail systems that remain closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Learn more at Ready, Set, Gorge! or on the Forest Service and Friends of the Gorge websites.

Before venturing out, check these resources for the most up-to-date information on current wildfire conditions:

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