COVID-19 Updates and Travel Alerts

News and Updates on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley

Travel information current as of April 13, 2021

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 asking that any visit to the Willamette Valley be planned with flexibility, caution, and respect for our communities.

As part of that effort, we encourage visitors to support small businesses, wear face coverings, and maintain 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 next trip.

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. This framework uses local COVID-19 case numbers to create a framework that comprises four levels of risk: Lower Risk of COVID-19 spread, Moderate Risk, High Risk, and Extreme Risk. Businesses may be limited in what they can offer and how many people they can accommodate, depending on their county's risk level. 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 Governor Kate Brown's COVID-19 website. Additional information is available through the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 Updates 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.

Any visit should be planned with caution and respect for our communities. 

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 all year long.

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
SIX FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKES AROUND THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
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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