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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 visitor to our town, 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.
What Is Visit Bend Doing?
Bend loves being your outdoor playground and spring destination, but right now, out of concern for our community, we are asking you to stay home.
If you would like to support your favorite restaurants, breweries, and shops in Bend, please order takeout and delivery or purchase gift cards online. You can re-book your lodging for sometime after things settle down a bit. Still need a Bend fix? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see the views and vistas of Bend while we sit this thing out.
The well-being of our community is our primary focus. With travelers staying home, Visit Bend is focused on supporting local businesses and ensuring that we’re here to help communicate to our community how to stay safe. We’re optimistic this will pass and we’re taking steps to plan for a sustainable future filled with welcoming energy, vibrant local businesses, and the stunning scenic beauty that makes Bend so special. Above all, you have our commitment that we’ll continue working tirelessly to ensure our community comes out of this stronger than ever.
We will miss you, but look forward to seeing you on the other side of this health crisis. Our mountains, rivers, lakes, trails, breweries, restaurants, and fantastic community will be here with open arms.
What is Open?
The governor has ordered most non-essential businesses to remain closed until further notice. Many businesses in Bend are reducing hours and using creative solutions to stay open in a limited fashion. Please see our list of open businesses. The best thing to do is to stay home and stay safe. Recreate and get fresh air from your front door. Do everything you can to limit travel. If you must head out, here’s an updated list of what’s open and what’s not. Bookmark this page and keep checking back for the latest updates.
- Grocery Stores: OPEN — mostly with 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
- Restaurants, Cafes, and Breweries: OPEN — takeout and delivery only
- Oregon State Parks: CLOSED
- City of Bend Parks: OPEN — Recreation facilities are closed, including pools, skate parks, outdoor sports courts, and playgrounds.
- National Forests: CLOSED — This includes campgrounds, day-use sites, boat ramps, trailheads, Sno-Parks, fire lookouts, and OHV areas in Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland, as well as campgrounds, day-use sites, trailheads with bathrooms, Sno-Parks, snow shelters, fire lookouts, hot springs, boat launch facilities, and OHV trailhead facilities in Willamette National Forest.
- Crater Lake National Park: CLOSED
- Ski Resorts & Areas: CLOSED
- Sno-Parks: CLOSED
- BLM: CLOSED — Trailheads, campgrounds, and restroom facilities are closed. Trails and open space remain open.
- Campgrounds: CLOSED — RV parks may remain open. Deschutes National Forests Campgrounds and all Oregon State Parks campgrounds are closed. Private campgrounds are closed. Day use areas are also CLOSED . Check with Deschutes National Forest fort the latest.
Shop Local While Staying Home
Many Bend shops are still open and offering online shopping services, and the city has provided downtown curbside pickup areas to accommodate. Please check with social media or call stores first to make sure they are open. If you own a business that is open, please let us know by filling out this form and we will update your listing on our website.
Restaurants, breweries, and bakeries in Bend are open for take-out and delivery only. Many have increased their cleaning protocols to meet or exceed the CDC’s recommendations, and we encourage you to contact any establishment directly before ordering. We will update this information as it changes and becomes available.
Everyone, whether you’re feeling funky, suspect you’ve been exposed to the Coronavirus, or feel perfectly fine, please practice social distancing. Work from home if you can, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face. For more tips, visit the CDC website.
The Oregon governor has issued an order for all residents to Stay Home. Please stay at home. If you don’t have to be out, don’t. If you need fresh air, please seek it outside your front door. Your Bend vacation can wait.
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 do 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. Above all, however, we recommend that you stay close to home and recreate at a mellow level to ensure that resources are not required in the case of emergencies.
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.
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:
- City of Bend Coronavirus Business Resources
- News from the City of Bend
- Deschutes County COVID-19 Information
- Oregon Health Authority
- 211.org – Community Information Specialists answer your questions on COVID-19
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. Travel Association
- Please try to limit travel during this outbreak.
- At this time, it is best to just stay home and stay safe. Limit gatherings and maintain a physical distance of 6ft. at a minimum from everyone.
- 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 potential visitors:
- It’s important to communicate to visitors that now is not the time to visit Bend, or anywhere besides home. Stay home, and stay safe. Bend will be here when this thing is over.
- Direct potential visitors to Travel Oregon’s travel alerts page.
- Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover nose and mouth using bent elbow when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
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.
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.
Planning a trip to Bend? Check out our award-winning visitor guide online, or request one to be mailed to you.Read the Guide
Give Us A Call
Want to talk to a real human? We get you. Our visitor information specialists are here to take your call Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and weekends, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.Call : 877.245.8484
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