COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
Visit Vancouver USA is closely monitoring developing information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Health and safety for our visitors and residents is our top priority, and we will follow guidance from local, state, and national health officials. As we adapt our messaging and programs of work, we will continue to focus on support for local businesses, sustainable tourism to our natural places and connecting visitors to authentic experiences. Currently, there are no restrictions on traveling within the United States. See below for a list of resources, updates, and known event changes. Please be aware that the situation with this virus is evolving rapidly.
Updated April 3, 2020
City of Vancouver
Effective March 23, the City has closed all playgrounds and sports courts. All on-street parking enforcement is suspended, and City Council Meetings scheduled for March 23, April 13, and April 27 are cancelled.
Effective March 14, the City will implement the following changes to its operations and services as preventative measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 among our employees and the community:
- Cancellation of all City-permitted public events with planned or forecasted attendance of 250 or above
- Closure of the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way
- Closure of the Luepke Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
- Closure of the Trapadero II and Sadri’s Summit climbing wall at Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.
- Suspension of all recreation classes and programs that cater to vulnerable populations
- Enhanced sanitation of all public buildings and facilities
- Suspension of non-essential inspection activities in occupied homes and businesses
- Modification of water shutoff policies to assure sanitation resources in homes
- Suspension of all non-essential public meetings
- Suspension of all meetings of 20 or more in City facilities
- Suspension of all event and meeting reservations at City facilities
- Suspension of non-essential travel and training for City employees (including where trainers are brought in from outside the organization)
- Advisory to neighborhood associations to suspend meetings
Clark County Public Health
Supplies to test people for COVID-19 are limited. For this reason, health care providers have to prioritize who receives testing. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.
If you have mild symptoms, stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone and other symptoms improve. If your symptoms worsen and you need to seek medical care, call in advance so your provider can make a plan to see you without potentially exposing others. Your health care provider will determine whether you need to be tested.
If you develop symptoms and have a condition that may increase your risk for serious illness -- age 60 years or older or have medical conditions -- contact your health care provider. Your provider may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.
Clark County Public Health is urging everyone to practice social distancing:
- Give space. Stay about 6 feet away from other people.
- Stay home. Avoid unnecessary trips to public locations.
- Don't congregate. Avoid indoor and outdoor gatherings with other people.
These recommendations are especially important for populations at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19:
- older than 60.
- who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
- who have weakened immune systems.
Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for COVID-19 should consult their health care provider.
Everyday practices to prevent colds, influenza and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against coronaviruses, including COVID-19. Clark County Public Health recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Stay home and away from others when sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
On April 2, Governor Inslee extended the stay-at-home order to May 4 with non-essesntial businesses ordered to remain closed until that date.
On March 24, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.
On March 23, Inslee issued a "stay-at-home" order that will remain in place through April 6. Non-essential businesses must close by Wednesday night and the state's more than 7 million residents must stay at home (unless necessary) to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among the businesses that are allowed to stay open are grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations.
On March 15, Inslee announced plans to sign a statewide emergency proclamation to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery, but no in person dining is permitted. All gatherings with over 50 participants will also be prohibited.
On March 11, the Governor issued a proclamation prohibiting events and gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish, and Piece counties surrounding the Seattle metro area.
On February 29, Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Washington State to mobilize resources and maximize containment of the coronavirus
Travel Industry Impacts
This global health emergency is having a significant impact on the travel industry. It is too soon to know the full extent of these impacts. Check here for updates on travel industry impacts: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/emergency-preparedness-and-response-coronavirus-covid-19
Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control’s webpage for answers to frequently asked questions about the virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Due to public gathering restrictions and other health concerns, many events have been canceled or postponed in Clark County. Below is a non-exhaustive list of public-facing events that are no longer happening or have been moved to a different date.
April: All VSO concerts, Historic Trust tours and Open Saturday
April performances: Much Ado About Nothing (postponed until June, Magenta Theater)
April 1, 4, 11, 18 & 25: Anne of Green Gables Teas at Pomeroy Farm
April 3: Night Market Vancouver
April 3: VDA's First Friday Downtown
April 4-6: Alpacapalooza
April 4-6: Vancouver Women's Show
April 4: Musica Lanterna Concert at Tandem Hall
April 4: Vancouver Variety Market
April 4: Workshop & public talk at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
April 8 & May 13: Science on Tap at Kiggins Theatre
April 9-11: Clark County QuiltFest at the CCEC (Postponed to Nov. 12-14)
April 11: Critter Count at Columbia Springs
April 11: Storm City Roller Derby
April 15 & 25: Port of Vancouver public tour & lecture
April 16: Sakura Festival at Clark College
April 17-18: Spring Brewfest
April 18: NWs Largest Garage & Vintage Show
April 20: Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Gardens (closed until further notice)
April 24-26: Home and Garden Idea Fair + Repair Clark County
May 16: Hazel Dell Parade
City of Vancouver playgrounds & sports courts
Clark County Event Center
Clark County Historical Museum
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site public facilities (including the Visitor Center)
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries
Kiggins Theatre (and other theaters)
Water Resources Education Center
The Source Climbing Center
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
School meal information: https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/mar/13/clark-county-schools-to-close-for-six-weeks-over-covid-19-concerns/
Chandelier Bakery - free brown bag lunches for students. Call 360-718-2175 to place an order.
Golden Corral - free school lunch to children in need, Mon-Fri 10 am - 2 pm
Nonavo Pizza - free meal to children in need
Who Song and Larry's - free meal for children under 12.
Find a list of restaurants, breweries, and tasting rooms offering delivery and curbside pick-up in our latest blog post.
Business & Employee Assistance
Clark County businesses: Visit the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC)'s website for resources and assistance related to COVID-19.
Washington State's Employment Security Department answers FAQs about COVID-19 scenarios and unemployment benefits.
There is a severe blood shortage due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you are able and healthy, schedule an appointment to give blood at one of these four operating blood drive locations in Vancouver.
Become a Meals on Wheels driver to ensure no senior goes hungry or experiences social isolation.
While the Clark County Food Bank is strictly limiting the number of volunteers in the facility, they still need help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to volunteer (must be scheduled in advance). Learn more here.