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Portland During Covid-19

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Updated: July 12, 2021

Written by: Michelle, owner of Lost Plate Portland

As of 6/30/21, Oregon removed most pandemic-related restrictions for the entire state. 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 last March, 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.

Helpful Oregon Links:

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/

Our outdoor Portland Food Cart Tour is available to book NOW! Our Evening and Morning food tours continue to be suspended for the remainder of 2021. 

Reopening:

All county risk levels were eliminated on 6/30/21 and Oregon is considered “fully reopened”. Please keep in mind, many local businesses still have safety measures in place including mask requirements. 

Our Portland Food Tours:

Our Portland Food Cart Tour is available to book now! Our Morning and Evening Tours are still suspended for the remainder of 2021. For up-to-date details about our tours, and our precautions, please check out our Covid-19 status page

Face Coverings:

Face coverings/masks are no longer required in most situations throughout the state, but rules do vary. Many local businesses including restaurants, museums, retail stores, sports arenas, and more, still require face coverings to be worn, regardless of vaccination. If you are fully vaccinated, you may be asked to prove your vaccination in order to not wear a mask. 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:

Lately, Downtown Portland looks a little different than usual, but is safe to explore. Due to COVID-19 closures and ongoing peaceful protests, 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.

Outdoor Recreation:

There are many popular outdoor areas, parks, and attractions in Portland that are open. There are many people 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. As of 7/20/21 through September, Multnomah Falls requires a timed reservation ticket in order to park and visit. Please reserve your spot here before visiting. 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.

Things To Do:

Many popular indoor and outdoor attractions in Portland have reopened. Most popular events like food/drink festivals, concerts, indoor events, etc, remain cancelled. 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/

Retail:

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.

Transit:

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. 

Other:

Oregon reopening and restriction details for all other services: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19

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