COVID-19 Updates and Travel Alerts

News and Updates on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley

Travel information current as of December 3, 2020

Willamette Valley Visitors Association

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association is working closely with Travel Oregon, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and the Oregon Health Authority to continually monitor the ever-evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our region, we’re strongly discouraging leisure trips to the Willamette Valley for now. Any visit should be planned with caution and respect for our communities and flexibility if Oregon’s reopening takes a step back.

We look forward to inviting visitors when it is safe to do so—and are asking visitors and residents to help get us there by limiting travel, supporting small businesses from afar, wearing face coverings, and social distancing whenever possible. Together, we can ensure a Responsible Reopening and foster a safe environment for all. 

Given the fluid nature of the situation, these resources will be helpful for monitoring the situation and explaining what it might mean for your business or community.

About the risk-based framework for reopening:

Governor Kate Brown has announced a new, risk-based framework for how businesses may operate on a county-by-county basis. Learn more about the four levels of risk, what each risk level means for businesses and visitors, and how to slow the spread of COVID-19 at the Oregon Health Authority website.

Different counties may be at different levels of risk for the spread of COVID-19, so check in on specific counties to see what's permitted at this time.

Leisure travel is strongly discouraged at this time, and any visit should be planned with caution and respect for our communities. 

About the travel advisory for non-essential travel:

Governor Brown has also issued an advisory for non-essential travel. That advisory states that:

Self-quarantine: Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel. 

As a reminder, non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Essential travel includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

Limiting non-essential travel: Oregonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to Oregon.

While the U.S. government has not suggested limiting domestic travel, this is a rapidly evolving situation and we suggest that before booking travel you check Oregon.gov

As the phases are implemented and reopening continues, here's how you can do your part to safely support your favorite Willamette Valley businesses. 

What can you do?

If you're looking for other ways to remain connected, see how you can support the Willamette Valley this holiday season.

Note: Some businesses might choose to stay closed, or only offer take-out and delivery options. Don’t assume a business is opening to its fullest extent; it might not be profitable, under the restricted guidelines, to run a dining room at reduced capacity.

What can’t you do?

What are the expectations for going out in public?

What are the expectations for outdoor recreation?

The following resources offer the most up-to-date information possible and can help guide decisions on travel, gatherings, and more.

With this evolving situation, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) when making travel plans.

As you consider how to stay as safe as possible around the Willamette Valley, please keep the following in mind:

Over the past few months, we’ve published a few stories on staying safe while enjoying the best of the Willamette Valley—our wineries, covered bridges, and scenic beauty:

STAY LOCAL AND SAFE IN OREGON WINE COUNTRY
HAVE FUN (AND STAY SAFE) OUTDOORS AROUND THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
ORNAMENT HUNT AND SWEEPSTAKES – 2020
RELICS OF RESILIENCE: THE COVERED BRIDGES OF THE CASCADE FOOTHILLS

And as parks and public spaces begin to open up, keep in mind a few tips for a safer outdoor experience (via the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation):

PHONE: 866.548.5018
EMAIL: info@oregonwinecountry.org
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