Stay up to date on tourism in Bend during the coronavirus pandemic

Bend and Central Oregon COVID-19 Information and Toolkit

Important information regarding COVID-19 in Bend and Central Oregon


Whether you’re a tourism stakeholder, a small business owner, a Bend local, or a potential guest to our town watching from afar, it’s safe to say we’re all a bit unsure. The Visit Bend team recognizes the impact of Coronavirus not just on a worldwide scale, but on our cherished community.

On Wednesday, July 15th, Bend City Council voted to pass an advisory restricting short term lodging in Bend which will be in effect through October 26. At this time, it’s best to stay close to home and stay safe. Bend will be here on the other side and it’s important we all do our part to keep each other safe.

Oregon Health Authority also suggests that you should stay close to home when it comes to leisure travel. Avoid overnight trips and minimize other non-essential travel, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. Travel the minimum distance needed to obtain essential services; in rural areas, residents may have to travel greater distances for essential services, while in urban areas, residents may only need to travel a few miles for those services.

Statewide requirements as of July 24:

  • Face coverings are required for ages 5 and up indoors and in outdoor public places where you cannot physically distance.
  • Bars and restaurants must close at 10pm statewide, regardless of phase.
  • Face coverings are required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you cannot physically distance.
  • Capacity limit for restaurants, gyms, venues (e.g. concert halls, movie theaters) is reduced to 100 people indoors.

Everyone in Oregon is required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. The guidance applies to employees of businesses that are open to the public as well as members of the public visiting public spaces. For your safety and for the safety of our community, you are required to wear a mask or face covering when you are visiting restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions in Bend. If you are feeling sick, please do not visit Bend.

Mask for Service

What is Open?

Many businesses in Bend are open with extra safety measures in place and limits on the number of guests permitted. We recommend that you call before you visit any shop or restaurant to verify hours and requirements. Remember to wear a mask or face covering, maintain social distance, continue hand-washing, and do everything you can to limit time in communal spaces. Stay home if you or anyone in your immediate family is not feeling well. Please be patient, respectful, and observant of the laws and requirements that are put in place to allow businesses to open safely. Be aware that the Governor has limited indoor social gatherings to a maximum of ten people.

Here’s an updated list of what’s open and what’s not. Bookmark this page and keep checking back for the latest updates. As of Wednesday, July 15th, travel to Bend is discouraged in line with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

  • Grocery Stores: OPEN — many have shorter hours and special shopping times for seniors
  • Drug Stores: OPEN
  • Liquor Stores: OPEN
  • Cannabis Dispensaries: OPEN
  • Pet Stores, Pet Services, Veterinarians: OPEN — limited hours and updated protocols
  • Hardware & Gardening Stores: OPEN
  • Bike Shops & Retail Stores: OPEN — Please check with any store before visiting to verify hours and required safety guidelines.
  • Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, and Breweries: OPEN — Starting May 15, many restaurants are opening for limited table service and outdoor dining. Others are offering takeout and delivery. Please call the restaurant before you go to verify their safety guidelines and status.
  • High Desert Museum: OPEN — Timed entry slots are available to ensure proper distancing between parties. Face coverings are required. Please visit their website for details and tickets.
  • Oregon State Parks: OPEN — Most state park facilities are open for day use, including Smith Rock State Park, Pilot Butte to pedestrians (no vehicles), and others. Limited camping will begin June 9 at some parks. State parks will open and close with little advance notice; updates and guidelines for visitors will be posted online at oregonstateparks.org or call 800-551-6949.
  • Bend Parks & Rec Parks: OPEN — Playgrounds are open. Please wash your hands before and after visiting a playground. Most sport courts are open, though basketball courts remain closed. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center is open on a limited basis. More on Bend Parks & Rec closures here.
  • National Forests: OPEN — Many day-use areas are open. This includes picnic areas, boat ramps, trailheads, Sno-Parks, fire lookouts, and OHV areas in Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland. Areas that remain closed are being cleared from hazards and snow. Most sites will not have services, like garbage, and clean restrooms available. Be prepared to take out your own waste and bring water. If a site is closed, please go to a site that is open. No matter where you are recreating, please follow social distancing guidelines. Check with the Forest Service for the latest openings
  • Crater Lake National Park: OPEN. Visitors are encouraged to pay their entrance fee in advance of their visit. Visitor information centers, bookstores, and vault toilets remain closed at this time. Boat tours are canceled for the season. Seasonal closures may be in effect. Check with the park before your visit to get the latest information.
  • Mt. Bachelor: Open June 26 for lift-serve mountain biking, zip line tours, and other summer activities. Please check their website for hours of operation and safety guidelines.
  • BLM: OPEN — Many campgrounds, restrooms and day-use facilities (i.e. locations with picnic areas and/or restrooms) will start to reopen on a case-by-case basis. Trash pickup and sanitation services will be phased back into operations but visitors should be prepared to pack out all trash. Trails and open space remain open.
  • Campgrounds: OPEN — RV parks are open. Deschutes National Forest is opening campgrounds in phases beginning Friday, June 5. Check with Deschutes National Forest for the latest campground openings. The Ochoco National Forest & Crooked River National Grassland have begun a phased reopening of developed recreation sites. Check their website for the latest openings. Limited overnight camping in Oregon State Parks will become available starting June 9. Please check the park status map to verify what facilities and services are open in each park.
  • River Float Shuttle: CLOSED — Bend Parks and Recreation will not be operating the shuttle bus for river floating. Parking is available in some areas with details available on their website. Rental tubes will not be available. Please bring your own tubes, be prepared to walk, and remember to dispose of all trash responsibly.

Your Health

Everyone, whether you’re feeling funky, suspect you’ve been exposed to the Coronavirus, or feel perfectly fine, please practice social distancing and wear a mask while visiting Bend. Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face. For more tips, visit the CDC website.

We know getting outside is important for mental and physical health. The governor has mandated that social distancing protocols must be observed in all outdoor activities. Because most of the Bend-area trails are narrow they may not offer enough space to safely pass, especially on trails that are multi-directional and have multiple user groups. In order to protect our trails, deserts, and forests from longterm damage and protect our citizens from disease, we recommend exploring some of the thousands of miles of gravel road in Deschutes County. Here is a resource for routes.

Important Links and Toolkit for Bend and Central Oregon Businesses and Employees

In an effort to support our partners in a time when up-to-date information is crucial, we’re sharing resources from local, national, and state public health organizations and governmental agencies to give you all the information you need around COVID-19.

The City of Bend has taken delivery of over 90,000 KN95 masks, and will soon have an additional 200,000 3-ply masks for employers to have on hand to offer staff and customers. You can request masks from this stockpile for your business using this form.

For the latest business resources, from unemployment information to small business loans, please access the most up-to-date information on Business Oregon’s website, as well as the City of Bend’s Coronavirus Business Resource & Assistance page.

Use the following additional resources for the most up-to-date information:

Travel recommendations from CDC and Oregon Health Authority:

  • Please try to limit travel locally during this outbreak, avoid overnight stays.
  • Limit social gatherings to 10 people  and maintain a physical distance of 6ft. at a minimum from everyone outside of your household.
  • Check the CDC for countries with current travel restrictions.
  • For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Reducing stigmas related to COVID-19:

When communicating with visitors:

  • Direct potential visitors to Travel Oregon’s travel alerts page and the city of Bend’s lodging advisory
  • Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Adults and children 5 and up must wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times in public spaces inside, and outside if 6 ft. of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Maintain proper social distancing of 6 ft. when at all possible.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Reopening Guidelines

Visit Bend continues to work with industry stakeholders to gather input on a comprehensive list of measures being taken to ensure consumer safety as reopening conversations take place. As these documents take shape, we will update and share them here in their draft forms in an effort to provide you with the latest standards from your peers. If you’d like to provide feedback or input for the guidelines as they pertain to your sector of the industry.

The following documents have been made available by the state to provide industry-specific guidelines around re-opening:

Additional Tools

The Oregon Employment Department has created a page that will be updated as more information becomes available, full of resources related to business layoffs, closures and unemployment insurance benefits (UI). They are continuing to work with partner agencies nationwide to ask for additional unemployment benefit options related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re experiencing issues beyond securing UI, you’re encouraged to reach out to Ben Hemson, Business Advocate for the city of Bend. He’s actively involved in the early stages of assistance programs that will give more opportunities to businesses and their employees facing hardship throughout these trying times. We’re communicating closely with our government partners to push for shortening of wait times to receive unemployment, removing the search for work requirement, and requesting an UI tax holiday for employers and employees among other things.

The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association has also compiled a COVID-19 landing page that continues to be updated regularly. Here you can find guidance for employers in the hotel industry and ongoing announcements and updates that relate to your business.

Our Promise

We’ll be right here with you through it all. In addition to keeping you updated with the latest news from our local tourism industry, we’re hard at work with an eye on the future. While we don’t know when we’ll emerge from this, or what the damage will be, we do know that when we do, we’ll be ready to roll out a comprehensive marketing campaign welcoming visitors to Bend.