Updated: March 14, 2022
Written by: Michelle, owner of Lost Plate Portland
As of 3/12/22, the state-wide face mask mandate has ended for most indoor and outdoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Please keep in mind they may still be required by individual businesses, events, and venues. Read more about local guidance here.
I’ve lived in Oregon my whole life and love the city of Portland dearly. Creating food tours in Portland and leading them for over the last few years has been the best and most enjoyable experience of my life. So when COVID-19 made its way to my city in March 2020, it was unbelievably hard to witness. But the most amazing thing about Portland is the city’s perseverance and strong sense of community. Because of this, the Portland community took shutdown measures very seriously and have been rightfully slow returning to a “new normal.” So I put this reopening resource together for visitors and travelers planning a trip to Portland.
This is by no means an “official” or exhaustive update, please refer to city/state, CDC, WHO, and other official government resources for any and all final guidance.
State of Oregon: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
Multnomah County: https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
FAQ for travelers: https://www.travelportland.com/plan/coronavirus-faq/
In the state of Oregon, face masks/coverings are no longer mandated in indoor and outdoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Please keep in mind, many local businesses and planned events still have safety measures in place including face masks, vaccination requirement, and social distancing. Plan on carrying your vaccination card and mask with you at all times.
As of 3/12/22, the state-wide face mask mandate has ended for most indoor and outdoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Please keep in mind masks and/or proof of vaccination may still be required by individual local businesses including restaurants, museums, retail stores, sports arenas, and more. Plan on carrying your vaccination card and mask with you at all times.
Most restaurants, bars, and breweries are open in Portland for outdoor and indoor dining. There are no longer capacity limitations, but some restaurants may still have limited capacity or outdoor-only dining. To-go and takeout, including cocktails-to-go, is allowed and encouraged. Many restaurants and bars are requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test in order to dine indoors. We suggest researching restaurants you would like to visit well before your trip and make reservations early if the restaurant accepts them.
Lately, Downtown Portland looks a little different than usual, but is safe to explore. Due to COVID-19 closures, workplace closures, and other disruptions, many stores and businesses remain boarded up and there can be spontaneous street closures at night. During the day, most businesses and restaurants are open. If your accommodations are in the Downtown area, we suggest following up with them for more guidance and information or visit this FAQ page about safety.
There are many popular outdoor areas, parks, and attractions in Portland that are open. Many people are out and about throughout the day, getting exercise in and enjoying the days without rain. If you visit a large outdoor space, it is typically easy to social distance from others. We suggest researching areas/events/venues you would like to visit well before your trip to ensure they are open and to make reservations if needed. Some areas currently open include Washington Park, Forest Park, The Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, Pittock Mansion, The Grotto, Waterfront Park and the Eastbank Esplanade, Mt. Tabor, and Powell Butte.
Most outdoor recreation sites outside of Portland are open. A few scenic and hiking areas in the Columbia River Gorge remain closed, but most are open, including Multnomah Falls. If visiting in the busy summer months, Multnomah Falls may require a timed reservation, so please inquire before visiting. Starting May 2022, a timed vehicle access permit is required for vehicles using the Historic Columbia River Highway. This is the highway used to visit almost all waterfalls and scenic viewpoints in this area. Please read here for more info. Most areas on Oregon Coast are open. Many wineries in the Willamette Valley are open for tastings, but most require reservations. If you plan to visit areas outside of Portland, we suggest researching well before your trip and plan accordingly.
Many popular indoor and outdoor attractions in Portland have reopened. Popular events like food/drink festivals, concerts, indoor events, etc, are being scheduled. Some attractions open include the Portland Saturday Market, Portland Farmers Markets, Portland Art Museum, OMSI, and the Oregon Zoo. We suggest researching things to do well before your trip and make reservations/buy tickets early if possible.
Suggested attraction reopening resource: https://www.travelportland.com/attractions/reopening/
Malls, shopping centers, and stand-alone retail stores are open. Some stores have expanded their shop out onto the sidewalk to make more space for social distancing. We suggest researching retail shops you would like to visit well before your trip to make sure they are open.
Portland’s public transit, Trimet, is operating with social distancing measures and face masks are required for passengers. Please visit https://trimet.org/ for more details. Both Uber and Lyft operate in Portland. Portland’s bike share program, Nike Biketown, has electric bikes available throughout the city. E-scooters Bird, Bolt, and Spin are also available throughout the city. Make sure to download the appropriate rideshare apps prior to you trip.
Oregon reopening and restriction details for all other services: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
If you’ve ever been on one of our Portland food tours, you know we are passionate about the food and drink we serve. You probably even heard your tour guide say the dish was “the best thing on the menu” or their “favorite food in all of Portland!” So we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes from our tour right here, plus a boozy extra, for you to try at home!
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