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Corvallis & Benton County Travel Watch

Benton County is Currently in Phase 2 of Reopening.

In Corvallis and Benton County, the well-being of our community and guests is our highest priority. That’s why our community is following local, state and federal guidelines to ensure safety, health and piece of mind. We are all in this together and residents and guests alike need to be vigilant to ensure our community is able to remain open.

Beginning June 5, 2020, Corvallis and Benton County was approved to move into Phase 2 of Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s phased reopening plan for the state.

On Oct. 2, 2020, Benton County was placed on Governor Brown's Watch List. Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials cannot trace that spread to specific sources.

What does Phase 2 mean for you?

Currently, non-essential travel should be minimized, including recreational day trips to destinations outside the community where you live. It’s still important to stay close to home. Those who reside outside of Oregon or in an Oregon county that has not reopened are asked to be thoughtful and stay home.

People who are at risk for severe complications (over age 65 or have underlying medical conditions) should continue to maintain 6 feet of physical distance, avoid social settings, and minimize non-essential travel.

Face coverings for those aged 5 and older are required outdoors when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Face coverings for those aged 5 and older are required when visiting indoor public spaces.

Six feet of physical distance between you and others who are not members of your own household should be maintained at all times.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people. Outdoors gatherings are limited to 100 people. Venues, restaurants, indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities, and fitness related organizations have additional gathering size guidance. Learn more from the Oregon Health Authority.

Indoor social get-togethers, such as house parties, dinners, etc., are limited to 10 people. Learn more from the Oregon Health Authority.

Additional Information

For complete and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 webpage. For information about COVID-19 in Benton County and Corvallis, visit Benton County's COVID-19 webpage.

Oregon State University, the State of Oregon, and the City of Corvallis have all issued measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many events and festivals have been canceled or postponed due to these measures. Please call the event organizers of any events you're interested in to determine the status of their event.

👉 For More Information: Oregon State University Guidance & Closures | City of Corvallis COVID-19 Information | State of Oregon COVID-19 InformationTravel Oregon | Willamette Valley Visitors Association.

Benton County Wildfire Information

There are no active wildfires in Benton County. The air quality has returned to normal. For more wildfire information please visit:

Benton County COVID-19 Information

Visit Benton County, Oregon's COVID-19 webpage for complete information on COVID-19 and Oregon's reopening status in our area.

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Travel Term Definitions

Non-Essential Travel: Overall, non-essential travel is not crucial to the functioning of society during a crisis. This includes outdoor recreation activities as well as vacations and other leisure activities. Non-essential travel is considered a high-risk activity in Phase 2. It's not banned, but it's also not highly recommended.

What you can expect in Corvallis and Benton County?

Below, you’ll find a snapshot of what you can expect when you visit the Corvallis area. While this summer may be different from others you’ve spent in the mid-Willamette Valley, we hope you're able to enjoy our sunny weather.

What's Open?

We'll update this list with the latest changes as new guidelines become available. If you want to know if your favorite local business is open, the best thing to do is call them or check their website and social media.

  • Oregon Coast Beaches (Click here for more information on beaches and camping in state parks.)
  • The Coast to Valley Express, a service provided through a partnership between Benton County Transportation and Lincoln County Transit, resumed service on Monday, June 8th. Review the new schedule and note that a stop in North Albany has been added. The Coast to Valley Express will operate seven days a week with four daily runs between Albany, Corvallis and Newport.
  • Campgrounds and RV Parks (Please call ahead to determine their status.)
  • Cannabis Dispensaries
  • Farmers Markets (Open in Corvallis and Monroe operating on strict new health and safety guidelines. Read about the Corvallis Farmers Market guidelines here.)
  • Hardware and Gardening Stores
  • Golf Courses
  • Grocery Stores and Drug Stores
  • Lodging (The majority of lodging options did not close because they were considered essential, but be sure to call ahead.)
  • Parks including City, County, State and National (Enjoy views from Marys Peak again. Be prepared for limited and/or closed restroom facilities at parks.)
  • Personal Care Services (Be sure to call ahead. Appointments will be required.)
  • Pet Stores, Pet Services and Veterinarians (Many are still operating under limited hours and updated protocols, so be sure to call ahead.)
  • Pools (As of June 16, limited recreation services are available from Osborn Aquatic Center. Lap swim and individual exercise is available by appointment only. Patrons are advised to arrive in their swimsuit and be prepared to leave in their swim suit as showering and locker rooms are not open. Call 541-766-7946 for more information or to schedule an appointment.)
  • Restaurants, Distilleries, Breweries and Bars (Many of these businesses are open for limited table service and outdoor dining. Others are offering takeout and delivery. Please call the restaurant before you go to verify their safety guidelines and status.)
  • Retail Stores and Shopping Centers (Many are operating with limited hours and are offering curbside pickup and online spaces.)
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms (The majority of tasting rooms are taking reservations and/or offering outdoor seating. Check with businesses about their policies before heading out. Almost all wineries are offering delivery services.)

This page was last updated on October 5, 2020.

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