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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
Visit Vancouver USA is closely monitoring developing information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of June 5, Clark County has moved into Phase 2 of Washington's phased reopening plan. While we strive to update this page, we encourage you to check with individual parks, businesses, and facilities before departing. As of July 7, face coverings are required in all indoor spaces except by medical exemption or for children under two. Businesses must require customers to wear masks.
Health and safety for our visitors and residents are 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. See below for a list of resources, updates, and known event changes. Please be aware that the situation with this virus and reopening continues to evolve rapidly.
Updated September 23, 2020
Here’s an updated list of what’s open and what’s not. Bookmark this page and keep checking back for the latest updates.
- Restaurants and coffee shops: OPEN
Most restaurants are currently open for dining in at 50% capacity and have expanded outdoor spaces (which is also limited to 50% capacity). All parties and tables must be limited to five guests or less, and indoor dining is limited to members of the same household. Bar tops cannot be opened, and alcohol service ends at 10 p.m. Masks must be worn until guests are seated at tables and eating, and should be worn when moving about the restaurant or coffee shop. Please check the status with the individual business before heading out as some have opted to just continue take-out services.
- Breweries, wine tasting rooms, and bars: PARTIALLY OPEN
Indoor service at taverns, breweries, wineries, and distilleries is prohibited. Outdoor service is allowed at 50% capacity, limited to five per table. If a brewery or winery also has a restaurant license, it may continue restaurant operations pursuant to the safety requirements for restaurants. Vending, and other game areas, are currently closed.
- Bike, scooter, and stand-up paddleboard rentals: OPEN
Please remember to keep your physical distance and wear a face covering if you are unable to maintain 6’ apart.
- Clark County Historical Museum: CLOSED
Approved to open at 25% capacity, the museum is working on opening to the public on Oct. 1. Check out their Facebook page and calendar for a list of virtual walking tours and other online events, and find retired exhibits outside in front of the museum.
- Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: PARTIALLY OPEN
Visitors can access parking lots, roads, grounds, and trails. However, the Visitor Center and Pearson Air Museum remain closed to the public.
- Retail stores: OPEN
Masks must be worn unless exempt from the requirement. Physical distance must be maintained and stores are allowed 30% guest capacity. The Vancouver Mall has also reopened, please check with individual stores for status and hours.
- Movie theaters: CLOSED
- Farmers Markets: OPEN
Farmers markets this year might look a little different than they have in the past, without sampling and performance artists. However, most local markets are open and are still a great place to experience the bounty of Clark County.
- Washington State Parks: PARTIALLY OPEN
Many Washington State Parks are now open for camping and day use. Additionally, many roofed accommodations including cabins, yurts, and vacation houses are open for reservations. Visitor centers and some parks remain closed. Please check with individual park before visiting.
- City of Vancouver Parks: OPEN
Please note that playground equipment is not being sanitized. Hand sanitizer and hand washing should be utilized. Youth programming has been significantly modified due to COVID-19.
- Hiking trails: PARTIALLY OPEN
Many local trails around Vancouver are open. Many trails in the Columbia River Gorge are currently closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington, while others are still closed due to additional circumstances. Please check the individual trail before heading out. It’s also a good idea to pack snacks, water, and sanitizer, and know that bathroom facilities may be closed.
- Campgrounds: PARTIALLY OPEN
Please check with individual campsites for status.
- Mount St. Helens: PARTIALLY OPEN
Road access to the Johnston Ridge Observatory is open, however the building, and other learning centers in the area remain closed. Many trails are open. Please check individual status before visiting. Climbing permits have also resumed for the 2020 season.
- Convention Center & Meeting Spaces: OPEN
See more requirements below.
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City of Vancouver
These emergency orders are still in affect:
- Cancellation of city-operated special events and city-permitted events with planned attendance of 250 or more
- Water Resources Education Center closed through September 30
On June 5, Clark County was approved to move into Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington reopening plan.
Phase 2 allows a variety of businesses to reopen, as long as they can follow industry-specific guidance issued by the governor. Businesses eligible to reopen in Phase 2 include hair and nail salons, barbershops, and real estate.
Retail stores can open for in-store purchases and restaurants can resume dine-in services with limitations on the number of diners. Each restaurant can operate at <50% capacity with tables no larger than 5 and no bar seating.
Phase 2 also allows for small gatherings of no more than 5 people from outside your household per week.
While we’re moving forward, it’s still important to be vigilant about washing your hands, not touching your face and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Physical distance remains crucial.
Beginning June 26, a public health order requires face coverings when people are indoors in a public area, and outdoors in a public area when six feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained. There are exemptions for people who are deaf or have hearing loss and those who have medical conditions that preclude them from wearing a mask. Children age 5 and younger are also exempt, though the order recommends facial coverings for children between the ages of 3 and 5. People engaged in recreation alone or with household members and those eating out at restaurants won’t have to wear masks as long as they are properly distanced from others.
On May 29, Gov. Jay Inslee released an updated, county-by-county based “Safe Start” reopening plan for resuming recreational, social and business activities. This plan builds off the 4-phase plan he announced May 4. The updated proclamation is here.
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.
Sept. 26-27: Dozer Day (postponed to May 15-16, 2021)
Sept. 26: Cornbread Day at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill
Sept. 26: Oktoberfest at Alderbrook Park
Sept. 27: Darius Rucker at ilani (postponed)
Oct. 2-3: Design Vancouver Conference
Nov. 7-8: Clark County Open Studios Tour
Nov. 7: Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver
Meetings & Conventions
Convention centers and meeting spaces are permitted to operate, provided all requirements are met (find requirements in this document).
A few requirements to note:
- Indoor capacity in each room or separate building is limited to 30% capacity (per fire marshal code) or 200 people, whichever is less, as long as six feet of physical distance can be maintained by all attendees. This excludes venue staff.
- Any food service provided to attendees shall be self‐contained, pre-plated, grab‐and‐go meals/snacks to limit contact.
- At least one COVID-19 Program Supervisor shall be present during every event to ensure masking and social distancing practices are enforced and practices by all event attendees.