COVID-19 Updates and Travel Alerts

News and Updates on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley

Travel information current as of September 24, 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.

Governor Kate Brown has implemented a county-by-county, phased approach to reopening Oregon businesses; at this time, most counties in the Willamette Valley have entered the second phase of reopening.

Please remember that reopenings include strict physical-distancing guidelines, a statewide requirement for face coverings, and other rules for slowing the spread of COVID-19; different counties may be in different phases of reopening, so check in on specific counties to see what reopening looks like on a local level—and what that means for local businesses. (Also note that Governor Brown’s stay-at-home order is still strongly encouraged.)

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?

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, U-pick farms, and scenic beauty:

WILLAMETTE VALLEY RESTAURANTS OPEN UP FOR OUTDOOR DINING
STAY LOCAL AND SAFE IN OREGON WINE COUNTRY THIS SUMMER
HAVE FUN (AND STAY SAFE) OUTDOORS AROUND THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY THIS SUMMER
U-PICK FARMS OPEN WITH NEW MEASURES FOR A TRADEMARK OREGON SUMMER EXPERIENCE

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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