Portland During Covid-19

Article by Lost Plate Food Tours

Published on August 24, 2021

Updated: March 2023

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

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.

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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.

Our Portland Food Tours:

Our Portland Food Cart Tour and Downtown Coffee & Donut Tour are available to book now! For up-to-date details about our tours, and our precautions, please check out our Covid-19 status page

Face Coverings:

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.

Restaurants / Bars / Breweries:

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. We suggest researching restaurants you would like to visit well before your trip and make reservations early if the restaurant accepts them. 

Downtown Portland:

Downtown Portland looks a little different than usual, but is safe to explore. Due to COVID-19 closures, workplace closures, and other disruptions, some storefront remain empty or boarded up, but there are plenty that are open and want your business. 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. 

Outdoor Recreation:

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.

Recreation Outside of Portland:

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. For Summer 2023, the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area is no longer requiring a timed vehicle reservation to enter. However, Multnomah Falls does require a timed reservation during the summer months, so please inquire before visiting. Most areas on Oregon Coast are open. Many wineries in the Willamette Valley are open for tastings, but most now require reservations. If you plan to visit areas outside of Portland, we suggest researching well before your trip and plan accordingly.

Things To Do:

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. 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 fully operating. 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

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