COVID-19 and travel alerts updated August 27, 2021
The Willamette Valley Visitors Association is committed to ensuring the safest possible experience for residents and visitors alike. So with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and the effects of wildfires still being felt, we want to pass along the latest alerts, updates, and resources for making the safest possible travel decisions.
Appreciate and Elevate the Hospitality Industry
The Willamette Valley is a welcoming place where passionate people cultivate experiences that draw visitors from across the globe. These people work tirelessly to deliver exceptional service, and they need our help. The ongoing pandemic has left our restaurants, hotels, stores and attractions with limited staff in a constantly evolving environment. When you travel to the Willamette Valley or patronize our local businesses, and something goes awry, take a deep breath and remember to treat others how you would like to be treated. Remember, those workers are experiencing irregular hours, record crowds and supply shortages themselves. When you are kind to those who showed up, you will positively impact our communities while supporting the backbone of our tourism industry.
Updates on COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley
August 27, 2021: Governor Kate Brown has announced that face coverings are now required outdoors (including at large outdoor events) where physical distancing is not possible—and regardless of vaccination status. The new requirement is for everyone 5 and older, with exceptions for people who are actively eating or drinking. Learn more about outdoor face covering requirements here.
August 13, 2021: As of Friday, August 13, 2021, face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces; this applies to all adults and children older than 5—and includes children older than 2 on public transit. Face coverings are still strongly encouraged in crowded outdoor situations, and exemptions apply for common-sense activities where face coverings would be impractical or impossible—such as while eating or drinking, swimming, or playing organized, competitive sports. Learn more with this fact sheet prepared by the office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
Learn more about COVID-19 in the Willamette Valley—with information on face coverings, any applicable restrictions, travel alerts, and resources for making the most of your next trip.
Willamette Valley Wildfire Updates and Resources
August 19, 2021: The Willamette National Forest has announced a long-term closure on a four-mile section of the McKenzie River Trail due to the Knoll Fire; the closure extends from the Blue Pool/Tamolitch Falls trailhead south to Deer Creek and will remain in place until the summer of 2022 (and possibly longer). Access to Blue Pool/Tamolitch Falls from the designated trailhead is not impacted at this time. Learn more about the closure from the Willamette National Forest.
August 12, 2021: Level 1 (Be Ready), 2 (Be Set), and 3 (Go Now) evacuation notices have been issued for the McKenzie Bridge area, Belknap Springs, Oakridge, and at certain campgrounds within the Willamette National Forest. (View a more detailed evacuation map here.) Additional information is available on the Willamette National Forest Facebook page, as well as on the official Knoll Fire Facebook page and the official Lane County government website on the Middle Fork Complex Fires (of which the Knoll Fire is a part).
August 3, 2021: As of August 3, 2021, several fires (collectively known as the Middle Fork Complex Fires) are burning near Oakridge. As such, a Facebook page has been created to offer updates and alerts about the fires, and official closure orders are in place for numerous roads, campgrounds, trails, and other recreation sites in the West Cascades. Learn more about what’s closed near Oakridge while the Middle Fork Complex Fires continue to burn.
Get additional wildfire-related updates on active wildfires, road closures, and travel alerts as fire crews suppress and clean up wildfires in the West Cascades.