COVID-19 Resources for Meeting Planners

Travel Portland updates this page frequently with the latest information about safety measures and impact on travel.

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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. Read on to learn how our hospitality community is working to implement enhanced procedures to safely welcome you to Portland.

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Portland’s Current Status

As of Feb. 12, 2021, Multnomah County, where Portland is located, is in the “High Risk” category, which means:
• Restaurants and bars are focused on takeout. Indoor dining is allowed with up to 25% occupancy or 50 people, whichever is smaller. Outdoor dining is allowed with a maximum occupancy of 75. For both indoor and outdoor dining, max. 6 people from 2 households per table; 11 p.m. close.
• Indoor fitness, recreational and entertainment facilities are open with a maximum occupancy of 25% or 50 people, whichever is smaller.
• Retail stores, farmers’ markets and malls are open but limited to 50% capacity; outdoor pick-up is encouraged.
• Outdoor fitness, recreation and entertainment establishments (zoos, pools, gardens, parks, etc.) are open but limited to a maximum of 75 people at a time.
• Indoor social get-togethers are limited to no more than 6 people, total, from no more than 2 households. Outdoor social get-togethers are limited to no more than 8 people.

Statewide Rules

Face Coverings Required

Masks are currently required statewide at all times unless you are:

– at your own residence;
– in your own personal vehicle;
– under five (5) years of age;
– eating or drinking;
– engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower;
– sleeping;
– in a private, individual workspace; or
– removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement

Gathering Size Guidelines

Gathering sizes in Oregon are based on risk level guidance. The Oregon Health Authority’s sector risk level guidance chart can be found here. The current risk level for Multnomah County, where Portland is located, can be found here.

County Risk Levels are updated every two weeks in response to how COVID-19 is spreading in our community. Oregon counties that reduce their COVID-19 risk level in coming weeks and months will be able to incrementally move to lower levels.

Please contact your Travel Portland convention sales or services representative if you have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If I visit Portland from out of state, do I need to self-quarantine?

Yes, for 14 days.

A travel advisory urges visitors entering Oregon or returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisory urges against nonessential out-of-state travel and asks people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.

What is currently open in Portland?

See our list of open Portland attractions.

Note: Not all businesses in these categories are open; please check with specific businesses before visiting.

Do I have to wear a face mask in Portland?

Yes. Masks are currently required statewide at all times unless you are:

– at your own residence;
– in your own personal vehicle;
– under five (5) years of age;
– eating or drinking;
– engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower;
– sleeping;
– in a private, individual workspace; or
– removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement

Are Portland restaurants open for sit-down dining?

As of Feb. 12, 2021, restaurants can offer limited on-site, indoor and outdoor seating, in addition to takeout and delivery.

What events are happening this week/month/season in Portland?

Oregon’s governor has prohibited large gatherings, so no events are being held at this time. Many previously scheduled events and festivals are canceled or postponed or being held virtually.

What Portland hotels are open now?

This information is changing rapidly; for the latest, we recommend using Google to search for “Portland hotels.” Also note that at some hotels which are open for lodging, facilities and services may be limited, so check with the individual location for details.

When will social distancing restrictions in Portland be eased?

We don’t yet know when physical/social distancing restrictions will be lifted in Portland.

Portland International Airport (PDX)

metal and glass canopy over Portland Airport entrances with flowers blooming in the foreground
Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport is open and has implemented increased cleaning and safety practices to protect travelers.

Oregon Convention Center

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Oregon Convention Center
Credit: Oregon Convention Center

The Oregon Convention Center is currently being utilized as a regional vaccination super site.

Accommodations

tables set up in a meeting space at the Porter Hotel

Portland hotels’ opening statuses are changing rapidly; for the latest, we recommend using Google to search for “Portland hotels.” Also note that some hotels which are open for lodging may offer limited facilities and services, so check with the individual location for details.

Portland hotels’ certifications and safety and cleaning efforts are highlighted in the property detail pages of our hotel/venue finder.

Hotel Safety Resources

Looking for a customized virtual site tour?

If you can't make it to Portland, let us bring Portland to you. Contact your sales or convention services manager directly to request a custom itinerary.

Restaurants & Retail

diners eating at a picnic table at an outdoor food cart pod

Restaurants and bars are focused on takeout. Limited on-site dining is allowed indoors and outdoors with a maximum of 6 people from 2 households per table. All restaurants and bars must close by 11 p.m.

Retail stores, farmers’ markets and malls are open but limited to 50% capacity; outdoor pick-up is encouraged.

Note: Many restaurants and stores are still closed to walk-in visitors; please check with specific businesses before visiting.

Transportation

A light rail train passes in front of a modern, glass-encased retail store
MAX Light Rail train in downtown Portland

TriMet, which operates the Portland metro region’s bus and light rail systems is operating, but asks that people use transit only for essential trips. All passengers are required to wear masks. Social distancing has limited space on buses and trains, and many lines are operating on reduced schedules.

Useful Links

Additional Resources

Visit these sites to learn more about COVID-19 in the Portland area and beyond.

COVID-19 Information

Multnomah County

Building a Safe & Strong Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown

COVID-19 Updates

Oregon Health Authority

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Toolkit for Domestic Travelers

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Travel Guidance

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 Advice for the Public

World Health Organization (WHO)

COVID-19 Travel Advice

World Health Organization (WHO)

Tourism Industry Resources

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