Travel Portland / Tourism Industry News

COVID-19 and the Portland Community

Travel Portland, along with the Oregon Health Authority, City of Portland and Multnomah County, are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) in our community.

Multnomah County, where Portland is located, entered Phase 1 reopening on June 19, 2020. The other Portland metro counties, Clackamas and Washington, are already in Phase 1. Going forward, the three metro counties will be considered as a unit and the soonest they can enter Phase 2 is July 10.

As of July 1, people will be required to wear face coverings when in grocery stores, pharmacies and other indoor public spaces in all Oregon counties.

On May 14, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-25: Safe and Strong Oregon. While this order outlines the framework for phased reopening, the following statewide orders are still in effect:

  • Individuals should continue to stay at or near their home or place of residence, whenever possible.
  • When individuals leave their home or place of residence, they should maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from any person who is not a member of their household, when possible, and should adhere to any applicable OHA guidance, including but not limited to guidance on physical distancing and face coverings.
  • Restaurants, bars and other establishments offering food and beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only, with no on-site consumption allowed.
  • All cultural, civic, and faith-based gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. Such gatherings of 25 or fewer people are allowed only if it is possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Social and recreational gatherings outside of a home or place of residence continue to be prohibited, regardless of size, unless it is possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing, in which case gatherings of up to ten (10) people are permitted.
  • Individuals may go outside for recreational activities (walking, hiking, etc.), but must limit those activities to non-contact, and are prohibited from engaging in outdoor activities where it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Individuals should continue to minimize non-essential travel, going only the minimum distance necessary for food, shelter, consumer needs, education, health care or emergency services, essential business and government services, and for the care of family members or other vulnerable persons.

For more information and resources, visit Governor Kate Brown’s website.

On March 25, the U.S. Forest Service temporarily closed public access to all National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. As of May 27, some sites are reopening, but visiting is still discouraged.

Travel Portland will continue monitoring developments and communicating with event organizers and other clients whose activities may be disrupted. Health and safety are our top priority, and we will follow all guidance from local, state and national public health officials. According to Multnomah County officials, local immigrant communities and communities of color have experienced discrimination, loss of business and worse due to myths surrounding COVID-19. We encourage partners to report any instances of discrimination or bias crimes to the Oregon Department of Justice (learn more here).

As our partners make their own business decisions, we encourage them to check regularly for updates from the health authorities and resources below.

Resources

Local Portland/Oregon resources with regular updates on COVID-19 include:

National and international resources related to COVID-19 that may also be helpful include:

COVID-19 Resources

Check out these resources for more information and ways to support our local communities and businesses in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).