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:
2020 BEND BREWFEST CANCELED
SEVERAL CONCERTS AT LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATER HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR POSTPONED CLICK FOR MORE
2020 BEND 4TH OF JULY PET PARADE AND OLD-FASHIONED FESTIVAL CANCELED
The Bend Park and Recreation District has canceled the July 4th Pet Parade and Old-Fashioned Festival in Drake Park for 2020. The decision follows Governor Brown’s mandate that large gatherings such as festivals, fairs and events be canceled through at least September.
“The Pet Parade and Old-Fashioned Festival are cherished events in our community and this is a difficult announcement to make,” said Matt Mercer, recreation services director for Bend Park and Recreation District. “But the health and safety of the community and our staff is our top priority.”
2020 BEND ELKS BASEBALL SEASON CANCELED
“While extremely disappointed the season has been cancelled, we are looking forward with excitement and optimism to the return of the Bend Elks at the Vince Genna Stadium in summer 2021.”
2020 CROOKED RIVER ROUNDUP CANCELED
2020 CYCLE OREGON CANCELED
It’s with an extremely heavy heart that we have made the tough decision to cancel all of our 2020 events—Classic, GRAVEL, Joyride and WEEKENDER—due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot predict when large events will be allowed again, or when events like Cycle Oregon will be prudent, given the continued need for physical distancing.
We did not come to this decision easily or lightly. We know the widespread impact and ripple effect these cancellations have on you and our other participants; on the Oregon communities who help stage our events and who won’t feel the economic boost from Cycle Oregon being in their towns; on the vendors who support our rides by providing food, drinks, showers, mechanical support and more; and, of course, on Cycle Oregon itself.
2020 DIRTY HALF MARATHON CANCELED
2020 SISTERS RODEO CANCELED
80th annual professional rodeo will happen June 9-13
2020 CASCADE CYCLING CLASSIC CANCELED
40th cycling stage race will happen June 2-6, 2021
2020 4 PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL CANCELED
To our entire 4 Peaks Family:
The global spread of the Coronavirus has disrupted all of our lives in an extraordinary manner. It is with deep sadness that we are forced to announce the cancellation of the 2020 4 Peaks Music Festival. According to various state and federal officials, it may not be until July or August before the threat of the pandemic diminishes.
These are unprecedented times which require unprecedented actions. 4 Peaks supports the policies and directives of all local, state and federal governments, particularly the decision by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners to cancel Mass Gatherings through the end of June. We applaud the leadership of the County Commissioners and Sheriff who recognize the health and safety of our Community is an absolute priority.
The impact of canceling a mass gathering such as the 4 Peaks Music Festival is felt broadly among all employees, volunteers, partners, vendors, production and operations crews, bands and the community as a whole. However, what is most important is everyone’s health, safety and well-being.
4 Peaks will absorb the effects of this cancellation in order to provide full refunds to all 4 Peaks ticket holders.
Thank you for your 13 years of participation and continued support.
2020 SWIVEL TECH CONFERENCE RESCHEDULED
Swivel has enjoyed our symbiotic relationship with our friends at SEMpdx for over a decade. They are an amazing group and a pleasure to work with. To bring two digital marketing conferences to Oregon each year, Swivel and Engage (formerly SeachFest) have strategically placed their dates roughly six months apart.
With SEMpdx’s recent announcement to move Engage 2020 into August, the Swivel team has decided to skip 2020 and avoid an overcrowded digital marketing window of August and September.
Thank you for your attendance and support over the last thirteen plus years. We look forward to seeing you again.
Wash your hands,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Defer your race entry to the 2021 Happy Girls Bend Run.
5. Request a refund.
You can communicate directly with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your decision.
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.
All local K-12 schools will be closed for remainder of academic year.