COVID-19: Closures, cancellations and more

The COVID-19 crisis is having an immeasurable impact across the state including closing schools, restaurants, bars and more. Nursing homes are on lock down, hospitals are banning visitors and just about anything that involves a meeting of more than two people is questioned.

We’ll keep a running list here of the closures, cancellations, restrictions, etc. that we learn about here via the Central Oregon Emergency Joint Information Center or by the agencies/organizations themselves:

REMINDER: Hours Expand for Local COVID-19 Hotline: 541-699-5109
Now with increased hours, Central Oregon’s free COVID-19 nonemergency hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call to connect with a caregiver or county health professional. This partnership between St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services, which debuted on March 17, is currently averaging 175 calls per day and is open to all residents of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

BLM PRINEVILLE DISTRICT TEMPORARILY CLOSES SOME RECREATION FACILITIES AND AREAS

The Prineville District is temporarily closing access and use of many of its developed recreation facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

These closures include boating on the Lower Deschutes and John Day Wild and Scenic Rivers.  Given the Oregon State Marine Board has put in place temporary boating restrictions and a number of boat ramps are already closed by other agencies, local communities, and partners, the Prineville District is no longer selling new boater permits for the period from March 28th – April 30, 2020.  All existing reservations for April 1st– April 30th will been cancelled and refunds will be issued. Boaters currently on the water will be able to complete their trips. Overnight use at all campgrounds along these rivers will be closed beginning 12:01 AM on April 1, 2020. The river closures will also include bathrooms at developed recreation areas as well as boat launches.  Access to day-use sites, trails, and all roads remains open.

In addition, outside of the Lower Deschutes and John Day Rivers, restroom facilities at all developed recreation sites will be closed, and all developed campgrounds will be temporarily closed to overnight camping as of 12:01 AM on April 1, 2020. Trash pickup and sanitation services on most of these recreation facilities will also be temporarily suspended. Access to day-use sites including trailheads is still available. Visitors currently in campgrounds will have until 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2020 to leave. Sites remaining open for day-use (hiking, mountain biking, etc.) will be posted with measures for safe recreation.

DESCHUTES/OCHOCHO NATIONAL FORESTS CLOSE RECREATION AREAS

The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland have temporarily closed all developed recreation sites, to include campgrounds, day-use sites, boat ramps, trailheads, Sno-Parks, fire lookouts, and OHV areas.

These recreation closures are necessary to address social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, align with Oregon State Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order to avoid unnecessary travel, including travel for recreational purposes, and reduce pressure on emergency services in local communities.

Campsites, fire lookouts, cabins, and picnic sites reservations also are unavailable through Recreation.gov.  Existing reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation.  Refunds will be issued for cancelled reservations.

JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

In response to Executive Order 20-12 issued by the Governor of the State of Oregon, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In addition to the existing closure of the visitor center, as of March 24, 2020, trails, overlooks, and picnic areas will be closed to the public until further notice. All outdoor areas of the park are closed. The closures will be in the following areas:

Clarno Unit: Trail of Fossils, Clarno Arch trail, Geologic Time trail, and Clarno picnic areas.
Painted Hills Unit: Painted Hills Overlook trail, Carroll Rim trail, Painted Cover trail, Leaf Hill trail, Red Scar Knoll trail, and Painted Hills picnic area.
Sheep Rock Unit: Island in Time trail, Blue Basin Overlook trail, Flood of Fire trail, Story in Stone trail, Cant Ranch picnic areas and trails, and Mascall Overlook.

BLM TEMPORARILY CLOSES DEVELOPED RECREATION FACILITIES IN OREGON

The BLM will temporarily close many of its developed recreation facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

This closure includes all campgrounds, and some day use sites, and restrooms. Trash pickup and sanitation services on most of these recreation facilities will also be temporarily suspended.

Visitors may continue to enjoy their BLM managed trails and open spaces in Oregon while following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Local and State public health authorities. Social distancing recommendations are extremely important to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and may require that visitors avoid public lands during high-use times, such as weekends. Please limit any group activities to members of your household, and keep your total party to 10 or fewer participants. At all times, maintain a distance of six feet or more from other people.

WARM SPRINGS ANNOUNCES ESSENTIAL SERVICES AVAILABLE

DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST CAMPGROUNDS CLOSED

All Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.

The campground closures are necessary to address the social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and to align with Governor Brown’s “Stay at Home” executive order, according to a statement from the DNF.

Day use areas, including trailheads, will remain accessible, however restroom facilities will not be serviced. The Forest Service encourages the public to follow the Governor’s executive order for the State of Oregon. The executive order says to stay home and to not travel for recreational purposes.

Deschutes National Forest officials urge people to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid putting undue pressure on medical and law enforcement personnel in our Central Oregon communities so we can all return to our outdoor adventures soon.

In addition, Deschutes National Forest offices are currently conducting public business by phone, email, or through web-based transactions; critical in-person business is being handled by appointment only to minimize person-to-person contact.

DESCHUTES LAND TRUST CLOSES PRESERVES, TRAILS

The Deschutes Land Trust announced Monday it is immediately closing its Preserves and all associated trails, trailheads, and parking areas to the public.

The closure is in response to the public health crisis and is meant to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s stay home order issued Monday. The closure will continue until further notice.

The Land Trust has conserved more than 9,115 acres in our region. Preserves specifically impacted include Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, Indian Ford Meadow Preserve, the Metolius Preserve, and Whychus Canyon Preserve.

The Land Trust owns and manages four Community Preserves for the benefit of local communities. These properties are protected for wildlife habitat but also for community use. Each Preserve is unique in terms of terrain, trails, and available uses. Major Land Trust Preserves include:

CLOSURES AFFECT LOCAL PARKS
The Bend Park and Recreation District and City of Redmond are closing playgrounds, sports courts, exercise equipment and skate parks beginning today. This includes pickleball, tennis, basketball, horseshoes and bocce ball courts.

Walking, running, biking, skating or using a wheelchair or other mobility device while maintaining at least 6 feet between people is allowed. Off-leash dog areas, picnic shelters and restrooms remain open.

The City of Madras is closing the skate park, and playground equipment areas. Other areas are open as long as people maintain safe social distancing space.  The Madras Aquatic Center is also closed.

PILOT BUTTE, SMITH ROCK AMONG CLOSURES
The entire Oregon State Parks system is closed effective March 23. The closure includes all state parks, including all trails, viewpoints, and picnic areas and all other facilities. In Central Oregon, this includes: Pilot Butte State Park, Smith Rock State Park, Tumalo State Park, Cove Palisades State Park, La Pine State Park, Prineville Reservoir State Park, and a number of state scenic viewpoints. Click here for a map of all Oregon State Parks facilities.

Day-use state parks will close at the dusk on March 23 and will not reopen until further notice. This closure will last at least until May 8. All canceled nights will be refunded. If a stay has not started, the normally nonrefundable $8 reservation fee will be refunded.

PPE DRIVE CONTINUES
Central Oregon community members are donating hundreds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to share with St. Charles Health System and Central Oregon’s Emergency Operations Center. Community members can donate through March 27 at one of the following locations:

  • Bend – Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th Street, and Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Daggett Lane, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • La Pine – La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Madras – Madras First Baptist Church (Drop-off located on 6 th Street side entrance), 85 NE A Street, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Prineville – Crook County School District, Pioneer South, 641 E First Street, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Redmond – Redmond Fire Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

CENTRAL OREGON PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATIONS OFFERING TELEMEDICINE
Central Oregon Pediatric Associates began offering telemedicine for most of their patients last week. COPA has three physicians dedicated to the video conferencing appointments, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can call the main number 541-389-6313 and speak with a nurse who will determine if telemedicine is the best route for the patient. If telemedicine is recommended, the nurse will schedule the appointment and email the video conference link to the parent. COPA is looking at expanding the hours of telemedicine appointments as soon as next week.

COPA is continuing to provide in-person appointments for visits that must be done in person, such as newborn, well child checks and immunizations.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF AFFILIATE WORKSOURCE CENTERS

WorkSource East Cascades will temporarily close our affiliate centers in Hood River, Madras, Prineville, and Lakeview effective Friday, March 20, 2020.

These affiliate WorkSource centers are expected to re-open to the public on Monday, April 12, 2020. This may change depending upon further guidance.

While the affiliate centers are closed to the public, be advised that staff are still working to deliver the highest quality services via phone, email, and online resources. In-person workshops in all WorkSource centers will be offered through online resources during this time.

To speak with our WorkSource team, please use the following contact information: Lakeview customers can call 541-850-4670 or 541-880-9988, or e-mail Callaghan@klamathcc.edu. Hood River customers can call 541-296-5435. Madras and Prineville customers can call 541-548-8196 or 541-388-6070.

2020 HAPPY GIRLS RUN BEND CANCELED

Dear Happy Girls,

Unfortunately, due to looming government mandates and concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, we are forced to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Happy Girls Bend Runs. We know that you have been working hard training and preparing and we could not be more disappointed. We hope you understand that we will seriously miss seeing each and every one of you this May!

In order to remain positive and continue your training trajectory, we are suggesting that you transfer your registration to another one of Lay It Out Events’ upcoming races later in the year. This not only boosts your fitness goals but really does support the local running community and promoters. Options include:

1. Transfer your race entry to the Haulin’ Aspen race which takes place in Bend on August 8, 2020. Race distances include the marathon, half marathon and the “half-as” (6.5-miler). With this option you will receive 20% off one future race entry.

THE COURSE

2. Transfer your race entry to the Happy Girls Sisters Runs which takes place in Sisters on November 7, 2020. Race distances include the half marathon and 5k. With this option you will receive 20% off one future race entry.

SISTERS – THE COURSE

3. Transfer your race entry to the Bend Beer Run, a 5K with four beer stops, which takes place at the Bite of Bend on June 14. With this option your will receive 20% off one future race entry.

Beer Run

4. Defer your race entry to the 2021 Happy Girls Bend Run.

5. Request a refund.

You can communicate directly with us at race@layitoutevents.com and let us know your decision.

TEMPORARY CAMPING CLOSURES ANNOUNCED FOR OREGON STATE PARKS, FORESTS, AND WILDLIFE AREAS

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will accommodate current overnight guests through April 2. Reservations for all state park stays from April 3 to and including May 8 will be canceled and site fees refunded. Before May 8, the department will review the state park campground closure to decide whether it should be extended. The decision affects all individual and group overnight facilities: campsites, yurts, cabins, tepees, and services operated by concessionaires. The suspended service also affects reservations for group day-use areas.

The Oregon Department of Forestry maintains campgrounds in the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook State Forests. Most campgrounds are currently closed for the season, and will not reopen for individual or group use. Year-round campgrounds will close starting on Monday, March 23. All day-use and campground restrooms are temporarily closed due to limited janitorial services. A reopening date for all restrooms and state forest campgrounds has not yet been determined. During this time, trails, forest roads and trailheads on state forestlands will remain open to the public.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing its Wildlife Areas to overnight camping effective Sunday, March 22. The closure affects both dispersed camping and established campgrounds. Several wildlife areas are also currently fully or partially closed to all visitors as part of annual seasonal closures to protect wintering wildlife. While camping will be prohibited, wildlife areas that are currently open remain open to visitors for day-use activities including wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation. See the ODFW Wildlife Area Visitor Guide for more information (link at bottom).

State park, forest, and wildlife area camping areas are built into relatively small areas by design. Maintaining social distance is difficult. Working with fewer staff and volunteers is becoming a reality, making it difficult to maintain proper cleaning procedures. To support the state goal of reducing transmission of COVID-19, temporary campground closures are necessary. The details of these actions—such as dates and affected programs—are under constant review and will change as new information develops.

ATHLETIC CLUB OF BEND CLOSED

As we continue to navigate through the unique challenges posed by COVID-19, we would like to share an update on how the Athletic Club of Bend is responding. The safety and health of our community—Members and Associates alike—continues to be our number one priority.

At this time, none of our Associates or Members have known to be tested positive for COVID-19. However, with social distancing in mind, and in guidance of the State, in an effort to protect our Members, Associates, and their families, we have decided to temporarily suspend services at the Athletic Club of Bend beginning March 17, 2020.

Given that this situation is complex and evolving, it is our intention to re-engage services at the clubs as soon as we can. We will keep close tabs on this situation so that we can be prepared to reopen the facilities in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines. Per advisement of the State of Oregon, please be aware that this closure may be a minimum of 4 weeks.

During this time services are temporarily suspended, we will be performing a deep cleaning and preparing the facilities for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Over the next several days, decisions will be made to clarify upcoming actions in regards to current and future operations.

CROOK COUNTY LIBRARY TO CLOSE
Starting Friday, March 20, Crook County Library is temporarily closing to the public, with normal operations scheduled to resume April 13. During the closure, many library services will still be available via phone, email, and online. Holds may also still be picked up at the library’s Second Street staff entrance, near the after-hours dropbox. The due date for all library materials will be extended to April 30. All events scheduled in the library’s meeting rooms are canceled for the same period, as are all library programs.
The decision to limit public walk-in traffic was made to help mitigate the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in response to Crook County’s and the City of Prineville’s recent Emergency Health Declarations, and in consultation with local health professionals, including the Crook County Health Department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority, and other health professionals advise that people practice social distancing and limit public interactions.
Library staff will be available to answer questions and assist with library services via phone at 541-447-7978 and email at library@crooklib.org. The temporary schedule will be Mondays-Fridays 9.00a-6.00p and Saturdays 10.00a-4.00p. Patrons can contact library staff via phone or email for assistance with many typical library services, such as accessing the library’s online resources, requesting reading recommendations, placing holds, researching questions, and booking future meeting room events.

OSAA EXTENDS SPRING SUSPENSION THROUGH APRIL 28; CANCELS SPEECH, SOLO MUSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Per Governor Brown’s announcement yesterday regarding statewide school closures, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has extended the suspension of interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools through April 28.  The OSAA Executive Board, during a conference call today, clarified the language regarding usage of high school facilities and communication between coaches and participants during the moratorium-like suspension period.  This updated information, in the form of questions and answers, may be accessed at http://www.osaa.org/coronavirus.

The OSAA Executive Board had general discussion around each Spring activity and sport, varying timelines for decisions based on chronological order of the events, host venue availability and issues with following CDC, state and local protocols for gatherings, especially given event formats and that some events are indoor vs. outdoor.  The Board made the following determinations regarding the Speech and Solo Music State Championships:

Speech State Championships (currently scheduled for April 23-25, 2020): Only four of the 14 special districts were able to complete qualifying events prior to the school closures.  The event’s cutoff date for entries (April 11) and the event itself fall within the school closure window.  Western Oregon University remains open but delaying the event does not fit within the school’s current schedule of events.  Due to the aforementioned issues, along with no clear option for technology solutions to be implemented, the OSAA Executive Board voted to cancel the Speech State Championships for 2020.

Solo Music State Championships (currently scheduled for May 2, 2020):  All 15 OMEA districts were able to complete qualifying events prior to the March 17 district deadline.  The rest of the deadlines for submitting school information, accompanist changes, etc. all fall within the statewide school closure window.  Pacific University has notified the OSAA that all on-campus events are cancelled and the OSAA Solo Music State Championship cannot be held on their campus.  The OSAA relies heavily on the arts programs at Pacific University, along with staff and student personnel, to facilitate the event.  Due to the aforementioned issues, along with no clear option for technology solutions to be implemented, the OSAA Executive Board voted to cancel the Solo Music State Championships for 2020.

K-12 SCHOOLS
All local K-12 schools will be closed until April 28th.

ST. CHARLES HEALTH SYSTEM
St. Charles Health System is adopting significant changes in both visitor restrictions and care guidelines at all of its hospitals to protect patients and caregivers and to preserve critical safety supplies. Starting March 14, visitation is not permitted, and that will continue for the foreseeable future. To see a list of exemptions, visit the St. Charles website.

St. Charles caregivers are performing respiratory illness screenings at the entrances of all St. Charles hospitals and clinics. Caregivers and approved visitors will be subject to these screenings by answering a series of questions. Elective surgeries and other select non-urgent outpatient services will be postponed starting today for the next two weeks through March 28.

BEND PARKS AND RECREATION DISTRICT
Following an emergency board meeting, the Bend Park and Recreation District made the decision to close facilities from public use beginning at the conclusion of facility business hours on Sunday, March 15. The temporary closure is through Sunday, March 29. Facilities closed to the public include: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, The Pavilion, Art Station, Bend Senior Center, District Office and Park Services. Registration programs are also canceled through March 29.

Parks, trails, athletic fields, and off-leash dog areas, remain open to the public. Additional details about the changes can be found on the district’s webpage.

DESCHUTES PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
All Deschutes Public Library branches will close to the public starting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 with tentative plans to reopen on April 1. Staff will continue to answer the phones 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. To learn more about online and digital resources, visit the library’s webpage www.deschuteslibrary.org.

CITY OF BEND
Bend City Manager Eric King has declared a local state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19. According to city officials, the declaration allows more flexibility and authorization for the city manager to take actions to help protect the health and safety of the community. The City of Bend is canceling committee meetings, project-based meetings and open houses in Bend through April 8. These include:

  • Empire Corridor Improvements Open House on March 17
  • Two public open houses on March 19 for the Newport Corridor Improvements Project.
  • Bend Planning Commission meeting March 23.

At this time, scheduled City Council meetings will continue to occur, but with social distancing modifications. Learn more at www.bendoregon.gov

CITY OF BEND POLICE
The City of Bend Police Department will be evaluating calls for service to determine if they can be handled by phone, rather than in person. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the department’s online reporting portal for appropriate non-emergency crimes or call 541-322-2960. Officers will continue to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day and 7 days per week.

DESCHUTES COUNTY
The Board of County Commissioners issued an emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. This emergency declaration authorizes the county to implement emergency actions, access more resources, and take appropriate steps to recover some of the costs associated with the County’s response to this disease.

DESCHUTES COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
All public meetings, events, and tours at Sheriff’s Office facilities will be canceled for one month. Citizen ride-alongs, women’s self-defense course and new Concealed Handgun License classes and appointments will be rescheduled.

The Sheriff’s Office has also implemented Phase 1 of the Jail Pandemic Plan to try to prevent COVID-19 from affecting Corrections staff and jail inmate population. Attorney and inmate social visits are not being affected by this change.

CROOK COUNTY
Crook County Emergency Management with the support of Crook County Court and the City of Prineville approved a County Emergency Health Declaration. This declaration will support the need for resources whether that is personnel or supplies. Learn more at https://co.crook.or.us/

CITY OF REDMOND
All city committee and commission meetings are canceled until April 13. City Council will meet on March 17 and postpone future meetings until April 14, 2020. This timeframe is subject to change as the situation evolves. Redmond Police Department has suspended public fingerprinting service and ride-alongs. Residents are encouraged to file non-emergency police reports online at https://www.ci.redmond.or.us/reportacrime.

Water utility clients should consider paying their bills by mail, online using the web portal, or by phone at 866-506-8162. A drive up drop box is available 24 hours a day in the parking lot behind the City Hall building at 411 SW 9th Street.

CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Central Oregon Community College is hosting final exams for winter term during the week of March 16 and are expected to be delivered remotely for most classes. There will be no classes March 30 through April 3. Faculty will use this time to develop alternative instructional delivery methods and materials. Spring term classes will begin on Monday, April 6, one week later than originally scheduled, and will begin with remote instruction when possible. Additional details can be found at www.cocc.edu

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY – CASCADES
Winter term finals week exams and activities will be delivered remotely where possible. Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized. All spring term courses, labs and exams will be delivered remotely, where possible. Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized. This will be evaluated bi-weekly.

OSU-Cascades has canceled or postponed all events, including non-OSU events held on campus. The status of these measures will be evaluated every two weeks.

DESCHUTES HISTORICAL MUSEUM

In order to do our part for the containment of the COVID-19 virus, the Deschutes Historical Museum will be closed to the public for two weeks, March 17-31st. In addition, programs for March and April have been postponed, including History Pub at McMenamins Old St. Francis.

The Museum is following cleaning and sanitation procedures as guided by Deschutes County. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation carefully and update closures as necessary.

Museum staff will be available during this time to accept research requests, photograph orders, and book orders via email (info@deschuteshistory.org) or by phone (541.389.1813).

Call 541-389-1813 for information or visit www.deschuteshistory.org.

DESCHUTES COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The Deschutes County Court is rescheduling most hearings and trials through March 27th.

People with hearings that were scheduled within this time frame are encouraged to contact their attorney or use the Judicial Department’s On-Line Records and Calendar Search function found on the Judicial Department website to determine if their hearing has been rescheduled.

Trials for in-custody criminal defendants may proceed if statutory or constitutional trial rights are implicated.

In the event the Court requires jurors to report for jury duty, the Court will ensure that the facilities used by jurors are rigorously sanitized and social distancing practices will be strictly enforced.

Jurors summoned to appear for the twoweek term beginning Monday, March 23rd will be instructed to call the jury information line each night for jury service updates. Earlier guidance allowing jurors in high-risk categories (see the Alerts and Emergency Closure Banner) to request and receive an automatic deferral remains in effect.

Individuals entering the Deschutes County Circuit Court will be greeted by a staff member who will direct them to the assigned courtroom or other service area connected to their visit. Direction regarding social distancing will be provided. Consistent with the CJO, individuals who exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19 or flu will be directed to leave the Courthouse.

Individuals who call the Courthouse during regular telephone hours (8 AM to 2 PM) may be required to provide a telephone number for a staff member to call them back at a later time. For safety reason, many staff are working remotely, and the telephone system cannot transfer to non-system numbers. The Court’s Electronic Case Management System allows staff to continue to work on court business, off-site. Documents filed electronically will be processed in a timely manner.

Documents filed in paper at the Courthouse will take longer to process due to staff reassignments necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Court appreciates the efforts and understanding of the public, the local bar, law enforcement, Sheriff’s Office Corrections staff and many other community partners in making this quick transition to new limited service levels.

Speaking to his fellow judges as he outlined the measures being undertaken, Judge Ashby stated, “This will take more patience, not less, it will take more grace, not less. We will continue to move forward and provide essential services consistent with the administration of justice.”

THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM

Out of deep commitment to our community, the High Desert Museum will close starting on Tuesday, March 17 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Museum will remain closed through Sunday, March 29 and will evaluate the situation as the potential reopening date draws near.

The Museum is also now postponing or canceling all programs through April 11. The Museum had already postponed or canceled programs through March 31. Check the Museum calendar at highdesertmuseum.org/calendar to view the relevant programs. The Museum is reaching out individually to those who had already registered for these events.

Kids’ Camp Spring Break is also canceled for the week of March 23-27. Registered individuals are being contacted.

“The health and well-being of our community is top of mind in this decision,” said Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “We hope everyone stays home and stays safe.” 

“We look forward to reopening for the community. This is a decision that we made with heavy hearts,” Whitelaw added. “We’re doing all we can to ensure the well-being of our staff and volunteers, and we presently have ample supplies for the animals in our care.”

“We firmly believe closing the Museum temporarily is the right thing to do for our community,” Museum Board Chair Ryan J. Hagemann said. “Right now, we remain hopeful that we can resume operations in a matter of weeks.”

To continue offering educational content to the public, the Museum will post a Museum Moment on Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 pm, starting on Tuesday, March 17.

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  • Oregon Youth Challenge Program closed until April 1st.
  • Deschutes Historical Museum will be closed to the public for two weeks, March 17-31st.
  • High Desert Museum will close starting on Tuesday, March 17. The Museum will remain closed through Sunday, March 29 and will evaluate the situation as the potential reopening date draws near.
  • All jury trials in Jefferson and Crook County circuit courts are canceled through April 30.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be closed to the public starting Saturday, March 14, and remain closed through the end of the month.
  • ODFW is cancelling hunter education classes, field days, clinics, outdoor skills workshops, angler education trainings, Family Fishing events and other volunteer-led activities until at least April 13th.
  • City Club of Central Oregon forum for Tuesday has been canceled.
  • The High Desert Stampede March 27-28 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center is canceled.
  • Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) has suspended all visiting at all 14 state prisons
  • Bend Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association has rescheduled its Mule Deer Classic fundraising banquet originally planned for this March 14 to August 15th.
  • The Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity will cancel its groundbreaking ceremony for the 10-townhome site, Quince Townhomes in Redmond March 19 at 1 p.m.
  • The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) has canceled the graduation ceremony for its 396th Basic Police Class that was scheduled for Friday.
  • The 25th annual Eagle Watch, an event celebrating Central Oregon’s raptor population, has been canceled. The event was originally scheduled for March 28 at Round Butte Overlook Park, near Culver.
  • All shows at Midtown Ballroom & Domino Room are canceled for the rest of March.
  • BendFilm and Scalehouse’s IndieWomxn Film Festival screenings, panels and parties are canceled.

 

 

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