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As COVID-19 cases rise, here are 10 ways to travel Oregon’s outdoors safely

Jul 10, 2020

After an unprecedented closure of the state’s outdoor recreation sites to limit the spread of COVID-19 into rural communities, Oregon flattened the curve and slowly began reopening trailheads, boat ramps and even campgrounds.


Silver Falls State Park reopened to the public on May 19, 2020 after being closed since March due to COVID-19 limits.

Buy PhotoSilver Falls State Park reopened to the public on May 19, 2020 after being closed since March due to COVID-19 limits. (Photo: Zach Urness / Statesman Journal)

It felt as though everything was returning to normal in Oregon’s outdoors.

After an unprecedented closure of the state’s outdoor recreation sites to limit the spread of COVID-19 into rural communities, Oregon flattened the curve and slowly began reopening trailheads, boat ramps and even campgrounds.

But the victory lap has been short-lived. Both in Oregon and across the country, COVID-19 cases have been rising, and state leaders are imploring people to travel and recreate responsibly this holiday weekend.

“The July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “We have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.”

Trying to figure out what choices are best isn’t easy or straightforward, but it is important. A continued spike in COVID-19 cases could not only bring sickness and death, but could also shut down businesses and even the outdoors a second time.

The 10 Ways here