Tips for Safe Recreation in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley Amid COVID-19
During a time when many of our favorite events, activities and trips have been put on hold, escaping to the great outdoors has never been more appealing. Even as the days get shorter and chillier, we have some tips and things you need to know before heading out to enjoy nature safely amid the COIVD-19 pandemic.
Whether you’re out for a day of hiking and picnicking with the family or a solo run or nature walk, keep these things in mind to have the safest experience outdoors in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.
Check the Status
While most parks and recreational sites in Tualatin Valley are currently open, there may be limited hours, amenities (including bathrooms) and closures at select parks. Check online or on social media to see the status of the place you want to go.
Oregon State Parks have a status map and city parks have information on their websites. In Washington County (Tualatin Valley) L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park is open with reduced services for camping and day-use and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with reduced services.
Bring Hand Sanitizer
Face coverings are no longer required in Oregon outdoors; however, the Oregon Health Authority strongly recommends that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a mask, face covering or face shield when in outdoor crowded areas. Read face covering guidelines >>>
Bring hand sanitizer in case the bathrooms are closed.
Bring Everything You May Need
Bring any food, water, cash, trash bags and other essentials (such as toilet paper) you might need for your adventure. Be prepared and have the necessities when you set out so you can avoid any unnecessary stops along the way. You’ll also be prepared for parks that have limited resources. When you head home, remember to take with you anything you bring in.
Take Care Out There
There are some rules of thumb visitors and locals should remember when spending time outside. Practice these values when enjoying our outdoors: Care, Prepare and Connect. This means planning ahead, knowing what you’re in for, bringing what you need and taking away your trash. These values help us keep Oregon’s outdoors beautiful and open for all to appreciate. Learn more about Oregon’s Take Care Out There values >>>
Start dreaming of your future outdoor adventures. Take a look at our digital visitors guide or order a free copy and start planning your trip to Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. We’re open and ready for you.