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COVID-19 Resources

CENTRAL OREGON COVID-19 RESOURCES

Visit Central Oregon takes the safety and health of our region, visitors and industry partners seriously. We are working with state and national partners to monitor the evolving situation associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Getting up to date information is a top priority so you can make the best decision for you and your family. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, we are doing our best to provide the most current information.

ORLA has created checklists to support tourism partners as they launch broader tourism strategies in alignment with what has been created specifically for restaurant and lodging establishments.  When a restaurant or lodging operator completes the checklist they can submit it to ORLA to receive collateral they can utilize to showcase their commitment. While the checklists may be utilized broadly, the collateral is reserved for active ORLA members.

Commitment To Safety Lodging Checklist

Here is a list of cancellations and closures. Please check back as we continue to update the list.

For a list of events that are taking place in Central Oregon check our Calendar of Events.

Per Governor Brown's Executive Order restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted. Read the full announcement here.

Here is a list of places to eat in Central Oregon we have confirmed open and offering take out our delivery as well as protected shopping for those at high risk. Please check back as we continue to update the list.

Go to Visit Central Oregon's Instagram here and watch the #CentralOregonStrong story for messages from local businesses and what services they are still offering. You can also check out our Facebook page for similar announcements here.

You can donate to both a Response Fund and a Recovery and Resilience Fund through the United Way of Deschutes County here.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to send us a 20-30 second video that we will post on our Instagram stories. This video can share information about your business and how people can support it in these difficult times. If you would like your business to be featured please send us a video shot vertically with someone from your business on camera talking about these points:

1. Who are you?

2. What is your business?

3. What do you appreciate about having a business in the Central Oregon community?

4. How can people support your business right now? (Example: go online and buy a gift card to use in the future, order food on the phone and pick up curbside, buy products in your online shop - all suggestions should respect the social distancing precautions).

Note: Please send the video to mackenzie@visitcentraloregon.com and katie@visitcentraloregon.com through wetransfer.com

The United Way of Deschutes County has COVID-19 resources for the community including grant funds for non-profit organizations here.

 
In an effort to support entities that have direct ties to driving overnight visitation, Travel Oregon has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Program.COVID-19 Emergency Response applications may be used for general operating support with the goal of maintaining jobs. Total funding available is $800,000. One-time grant requests may be up to $10,000 depending on applicant and 2019 budget.
 
Eligible applicants include those listed below that are currently doing business in Oregon, have been conducting business for the past five years and can demonstrate direct work in support of improving the economic impacts of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry:
  • Oregon lodging properties with 25 or fewer full-time employees on January 31, 2020.
  • Oregon-based tour operators, guides and outfitters with a budget greater than $100,000 in 2019 and carrying worker’s compensation insurance; and can demonstrate working partnership referrals or bookings of lodging packages at properties such as hotels, motels, BnB’s and resorts.
  • Oregon Destination Marketing/Management Organizations.
  • Federally recognized tribes, including tribally owned enterprises and tribal member owned businesses that directly support the travel and tourism industry.

Grant guidelines, application and all other details found here.