- Bend and Central Oregon COVID-19 Information and Toolkit
Stay up to date on tourism in Bend during the coronavirus pandemic
Bend and Central Oregon COVID-19 Information and Toolkit
Oregon Travel Advisory
Oregon, Washington, and California have issued travel advisories effective immediately. All visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states are urged to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The travel advisories encourage a stop to non-essential, out-of-state travel and encourage residents to stay local. The Governor’s press release can be read here.
Statewide Freeze, November 18 - December 2
From Wednesday, November 18th to Wednesday, December 2nd, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19.
- All social gatherings are limited to no more than 6 people total, from no more than 2 households – indoor and outdoor.
- Restaurants and bars are delivery and takeout only. See our list of restaurants in Bend that are offering takeout.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to 75% capacity and curbside pick-up is encouraged.
- Retail stores and malls (indoor and outdoor) are limited to 75% capacity and curbside pick-up is encouraged.
- Gyms and fitness organizations are closed.
- Indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, indoor pools, and sports courts are closed.
More details on the order and additional restrictions can be found here.
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 the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our whole world upside down. The Visit Bend team recognizes the impact of Coronavirus not just on a worldwide scale, but on our cherished community.
Visit Bend acknowledges that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has determined travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Oregon Health Authority suggests leisure travelers limit trips to areas close to home.
With that said, we know people will continue to live, work, play, and vacation in Bend. The following information may help you navigate Bend during the COVID pandemic.
Everyone in Oregon is required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, and outdoor spaces where six feet of physical distancing is not possible. The guidance applies to employees of businesses that are open to the public and members of the public visiting those 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 or have any reason to suspect you’ve been around someone with COVID-19, please do not visit Bend. For a complete list of symptoms, please visit the CDC’s website.
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.
- 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 FOR TAKE-OUT & DELIVERY ONLY — Please call the restaurant before you go to verify their hours and status.
- High Desert Museum: CLOSED
- Oregon State Parks: OPEN — Most state park facilities are open for day use, including Smith Rock State Park, Pilot Butte, and others. Keep in mind that seasonal closures may be in effect. You’ll find updates and guidelines for visitors at oregonstateparks.org or call 800-551-6949.
- Bend Parks & Rec Parks: OPEN — Playgrounds, skateparks, off-leash dog areas, picnic shelters and pickleball, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, and bocce ball courts are open. Basketball courts are closed. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center is closed. More on Bend Parks & Rec can be found 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. Keep in mind that seasonal closures may impact some areas due to snow, fire damage, or other factors. Many sites will not have services like garbage or clean restrooms available. Be prepared to take out your own waste and bring water. No matter where you are recreating, please follow social distancing guidelines. Check with the Forest Service for additional information
- Crater Lake National Park: OPEN, though seasonal closures may be in effect. Visitors are encouraged to pay their entrance fee in advance of their visit. Visitor information centers, bookstores, and some trails are closed at this time. Check with the park before you visit to get the latest information.
- Mt. Bachelor: Will be open for the 2020-2021 ski season with COVID-19 protocols in place. Please check their website for hours of operation, reservation information, parking regulations, and safety guidelines.
- BLM: OPEN — Many campgrounds, restrooms and day-use facilities (i.e. locations with picnic areas and/or restrooms) are open. Trash pickup and sanitation services are limited, and visitors should be prepared to pack out all trash. Check before visiting, as seasonal closures may be in effect.
- Campgrounds: OPEN — Check with Deschutes National Forest for campground closure information, as seasonal restrictions may be in place. Check the park status map to verify what facilities and services are open in State Park campgrounds.
- River Float Shuttle: CLOSED — Bend Parks and Recreation will not be operating the shuttle bus for river floating during the 2020 season. More information is available on their website. Rental tubes are also not available. Please bring your own tubes, be prepared to walk, and remember to dispose of all trash responsibly.
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to the Coronavirus or you are experiencing any symptoms at all, please stay home.
Do your part to stay healthy by washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face. For more tips, visit the CDC website.
Many Bend-area trails are narrow and 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 long-term damage and to 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 KN95 masks as well as 3-ply masks available for employers 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:
- Bend Business Resiliency Grants — Grants Available for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- City of Bend Coronavirus Business Resources
- News from the City of Bend
- City of Bend Reopening Guidance
- 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
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.
- 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.
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:
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, 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
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