COVID-19 Travel Information

News and Updates on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley Visitors AssociationThe Willamette Valley Visitors Association is working closely with Travel Oregon, as well as state and national partners, to continually monitor the ever-evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

Most recently, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-25, implementing a phased approach to reopening Oregon businesses; as of May 15, 2020, several counties in the Willamette Valley have entered the first phase of reopening. (Note that all Oregonians are strongly encouraged to continue following Governor Brown's earlier stay-at-home order.)

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.

As of May 15, 2020, Oregon has launched a county-by-county phased process for reopening businesses. As that process continues, please remember that statewide reopenings include strict physical-distancing guidelines and other rules for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Governor Brown’s stay-at-home order is still strongly encouraged, and not every county has been approved to begin reopening. 

As the phases are implemented, here's a look at Phase 1, what's included in this first phase of reopening, and how you can safely support your favorite Willamette Valley businesses. 

What can you do?

What can’t you do?

What are expectations for going out in public?

My county isn’t open. What can I do now to support my favorite communities from afar?

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

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association and Travel Oregon are working closely with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Oregon Health Authority. 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.

Travel Oregon and the Willamette Valley Visitors Association understand that travelers may be concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect them.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Brown has released an Executive Order that encourages Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives.” Even as a phased reopenings begin in the Willamette Valley, this policy—asking Oregonians to stay in their homes whenever possible—remains in effect.

Please also note that some developed U.S. Forest Service lands are currently closed—and Oregon State Parks has closed several state parks (though some in the Willamette Valley have started to reopen). Check with the proper land manager before visiting national forests, fish and wildlife refuges, state parks, city and county parks, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites.

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

When planning around COVID-19 and its impacts, keep the following information in mind:

The disease can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

Some people are at an increased risk for getting COVID-19. People who have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or people who live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread are at an increased risk of exposure.

Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms—and taking proper precautions.

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