Travel Portland / Tourism Industry News

COVID-19 and the Portland Community

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

On March 23, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12: Stay Home, Save Lives, a statewide order to stay home, except for essential needs such as grocery shopping, refueling vehicles and seeking health care. Social gatherings, regardless of size, are prohibited if a distance of at least 6 feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Outdoor activities such as dog-walking, jogging or biking are allowed, so long as 6 feet of distance is maintained between individuals. 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. Violations of these orders can be treated as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days in jail and a $1,250 fine. 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. The closures will remain in effect until further notice.

On March 8, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency to activate additional funds and resources to minimize the spread of the virus within the state. Resources include increased testing sites, deploying additional healthcare providers – particularly in rural areas – and increased support for remote medical care to treat patients. This emergency declaration will remain in effect for 60 days. Multnomah County and the City of Portland have followed suit by also declaring a state of emergency to open access to funds and resources.

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).