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Discover Klamath COVID-19 Travel Updates

During this unparalleled event, it is our goal to keep our residents and visitors informed and focus on the health and safety of all those who live or travel to Klamath County and the Klamath Basin.

In this uncertain time, we know one thing – we appreciate all of you; many of whom are our repeat visitors, family, community members, as well as any potential visitors currently looking to travel to the area.

While we understand that this has an impact on travel and travel plans, we want to keep you updated with the steps our community is taking to keep your health and safety a priority and remind everyone to travel responsibly. For the most up to date COVID-19 information in Klamath, please refer to Klamath County Public Health Department.

The Discover Klamath Visitor Center will close our doors to the public as of November 18th through December 2nd as a result of the recent mandate from Governor Brown.  Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our visitors, community and our employees, we will providing curb-side service for anyone visiting the area and needing brochures or materials on the area.  You may call our office to request materials:  541-882-1501.

Klamath County is part of a state-wide pause announced by Governor Brown.  This pause will be in effect from November 18th through December 2nd in an effort to reduce the risk in our community and to help conserve hospital capacity allowing all Oregonians and visitors alike to continue to have access to quality care.

The Two-Week Pause rules are as follows:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting churches and other faith-based venues to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting restaurants to take-out only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick up.
  • Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.

The Two-Week Pause does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed to operate, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

Please call before you visit any shop or restaurant to verify hours and requirements as these can be different than what you find online. Below, you’ll find a list of what’s open and what’s not.

WHAT IS OPEN?

  • Lodging – Hotels/Motels:  OPEN
  • Campgrounds: OPEN — RV parks are open. Fremont-Winema National Forest is opening campgrounds in phases beginning Friday, June 5. Check with Fremont-Winema National Forest for the latest campground openings.
  • Oregon State Parks: OPEN — Most state park facilities are open for day use, including Smith Rock State Park, Pilot Butte to pedestrians (no vehicles), and others. Limited camping will begin June 9 at some parks. State parks will open and close with little advance notice; updates and guidelines for visitors will be posted online at oregonstateparks.org or call 800-551-6949.
  • Grocery Stores: OPEN — mostly with shorter hours and special shopping times for seniors
  • Drug Stores: OPEN
  • Liquor Stores: OPEN
  • Cannabis Dispensaries: OPEN
  • Pet Stores, Pet Services, Veterinarians: OPEN — limited hours and updated protocols
  • Hardware & Gardening Stores: OPEN
  • Restaurants, Cafes, and Breweries: OPEN — Take out only from November 18th to December 2nd.
  • Museums: CLOSED
  • Klamath County Parks: OPEN — Playgrounds are open. Please wash your hands before and after visiting a playground. More on Klamath County Parks here.
  • Steen Sports Park:  OPEN — Indoor and organized events are on pause.  The park itself will remain open and is trusting that any patrons will observe all social distancing protocols.
  • Ella Redkey Pool:  CLOSED — Set to open June 15 on a reservation system which is available June 10 online and in person.
  • National Forests: OPEN — Many day-use areas are open. This includes picnic areas, boat ramps, trailheads, Sno-Parks, fire lookouts, and OHV areas in the  Fremont-Winema National Forest. Areas that remain closed are being cleared from hazards and snow. Most sites will not have services, like garbage, and clean restrooms available. Be prepared to take out your own waste and bring water. If a site is closed, please go to a site that is open. No matter where you are recreating, please follow social distancing guidelines. Check with the Forest Service for the latest openings
  • Crater Lake National Park: OPEN — Visitors are encouraged to pay their entrance fee in advance of their visit. Visitor information centers, bookstores, and vault toilets remain closed at this time. Boat tours are canceled for the season. Seasonal closures may be in effect. Check with the park before your visit to get the latest information.
  • Lava Beds National Monument:  OPEN — Indian Well Campground, Vault toilets and the museum remain closed at this time. The Visitor Center, Cave Loop, and Flashlight Loans are still available.  Wilderness Camping and dispersed camping in the Modoc National Forest are available.  Check with the park before your visit to get the latest information.
  • Ski Resorts & Areas: CLOSED
  • BLM: OPEN — Many campgrounds, restrooms and day-use facilities (i.e. locations with picnic areas and/or restrooms) will start to reopen on a case-by-case basis. Trash pickup and sanitation services will be phased back into operations but visitors should be prepared to pack out all trash. Trails and open space remain open.

We encourage you to enjoy our abundance of natural resources and support our local businesses all while observing social distancing.  Need ideas on how to get outdoors and keep from boredom? Discover Klamath has you covered with a list of many outdoor recreation opportunities. The CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet away from others in order to practice safe social distancing, so as long as you can distance yourself it is perfectly acceptable to get outside!

  1. Grab your furry friend, pack a picnic lunch and hit a trailto enjoy the calm disconnectedness that only our outdoors can offer you.
  2. Rent a boat and cast a line to catch a fish. Be sure to consult the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before making your trip.
  3. Bring your own bike, or rent one, and check out a trail whether you prefer the mountains or smooth pavement.
  4. Keep in touch with us by using our hashtag, #meetmeinklamath for your social media posts and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

GET OUTSIDE

Our wide-open spaces, spacious trails for hiking and biking, and our great outdoors are always open. Uncrowded and unspoiled, open-air hikes and other outings in nature provide the therapeutic benefits of being outside while practicing social distancing.  Here are a few of our favorite locations: Spence Mountain Trails, Moore Mountain Trails, The Link River Trail, and Geo Trail.  Check out more options below:

STAY SAFE & HEALTHY

To protect yourself and others, please take the following precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

During this time, our hearts and thoughts are with those who have been affected by this. We send our deep appreciation to those in our community, the healthcare industry and first responders who are working on the front lines to alleviate the spread and impact of this virus. Our community and its people are resilient; we will persevere through this and are optimistic about the future.

We thank you for considering Klamath County and the Klamath Basin.  We look forward to welcoming you.

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