COVID-19 alerts updated on March 12, 2022; all rules and guidelines are current

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At this time, COVID-19 restrictions and mandates have been lifted throughout Oregon. We are excited to welcome visitors back to the Willamette Valley and want to help make the most of your next visit.

As you make those plans, though, we ask that you please exercise patience and compassion when you return. Businesses all over the region remain short-staffed as they rebuild their workforce—and may keep shortened hours, retain capacity limits, keep face-covering requirements in place, and offer limited services as they navigate the post-COVID world. Please be understanding of the fluid situation, give yourself plenty of time, and be patient with hard-working staff members.

Here’s what to know, and how to help ensure the continued safety of our communities, on your next trip.

What to Know Before Planning Your Next Visit to the Willamette Valley

As of March 12, 2022, state-mandated restrictions and requirements associated with COVID-19 have been lifted. Here’s what’s new—and what to expect on your next visit:

Face coverings: Face coverings are recommended—but not required—in all indoor spaces; that said, small businesses may choose to keep their face covering requirements in place for the safety of their staff and community. If you feel uncomfortable with these requirements, we encourage you to seek out other local businesses where no such rules are in place—and to enjoy the Willamette Valley’s outdoor experiences, where face coverings are not required. 

Proof of vaccination: Some businesses may require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test for eating or drinking indoors. Be sure to bring your vaccination card (or a photo of your vaccination card on your mobile device), along with photo ID, and have that easily accessible if you’d like to sit indoors at certain establishments.

Capacity limits: Businesses may retain (and enforce) capacity limits—especially as they continue to staff up in the coming weeks and months. Call ahead to see if such limits remain in place and, if so, whether reservations are accepted to ensure you can snag a seat.

Reservations: The vast majority of wineries currently require reservations; head online, or call ahead, to snag a reservation at your favorite tasting rooms. 

Supporting the Willamette Valley

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As restrictions are lifted and businesses staff up, it’s never been more important—or easier—to support your favorite Willamette Valley businesses. Here are a few ideas for showing some love to local businesses.

Purchase a gift card: Whether visiting next week or next year, purchase a gift card to use on your next trip. The additional revenue can help businesses cover costs and bolster their staff in the meantime.

Spread the love: Leave a good review of your favorite businesses on Facebook, Yelp, Tripadvisor, or another platform from a past experience to show support.

Make reservations: Many restaurants and tasting rooms are recommending or requiring reservations; be mindful of this when making plans, and be sure to cancel a reservation with as much notice as possible if you can’t make your appointed time.

Be accommodating: Some businesses may offer limited services (such as takeout- or delivery-only) to maximize safety or compensate for smaller staffing; give yourself plenty of time and flexibility on your next trip to ensure a smooth experience for all.

Be respectful of business-specific rules: Businesses may continue to require face coverings, even with no state mandate; they have every right to enforce these rules, and we ask that you abide by all requirements when visiting those businesses.

Up-to-date Information and Resources

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The following resources offer the most up-to-date information possible and can help guide decisions on travel, gatherings, and more.

With this evolving situation, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) when making travel plans.

Enjoying a Safe Outdoor Experience

And as parks and public spaces begin to open up, keep in mind a few tips for a safer outdoor experience (via the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation):