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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information
Visit Vancouver USA is closely monitoring developing information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and evolving re-opening plans. 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.
A free, no-barrier COVID-19 testing site opens January 12 at 5403 E Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Testing is recommended for people ages 4 and older who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
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: January 19, 2021
Vancouver USA is currently in Phase 1 of the Healthy Washington re-opening plan. Here’s an updated list of what’s open and what’s not. Bookmark this page and keep checking back for the latest updates.
- Social Gatherings: OUTDOOR ONLY
Indoor gatherings are prohibited. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people from outside your household, maximum two households.
- Eating & Drinking Establishments: OUTDOOR SEATING & TAKEOUT ONLY
Restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries & wineries that serve food are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining is permitted with a maximum of six per table, limit two households per table. Outdoor dining can be defined as open-air patios, more enclosed small group structures (such as tents, domes, or pods), or seating set up around bay doors or multiple open windows with adequate ventilation on both sides of the dining space. Establishments must close by 11 p.m. Bars that only serve 21+ and no food remain closed for all services.
- Bike and scooter 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
Museums are closed for indoor service. 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 & Pearson Air Museum: CLOSED
The Visitor Center, Pearson Air Museum, and reconstructed Fort Vancouver are temporarily closed until further notice. Park grounds, trails, and parking lots will remain accessible.
- Retail stores: OPEN
Masks must be worn at all times. Physical distance must be maintained and stores are allowed 25% indoor guest capacity. The Vancouver Mall has also reopened, please check with individual stores for status and hours. Common areas, such as food courts, are closed.
- Movie theaters: CLOSED
Movie theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are permitted.
- Bowling centers: CLOSED
- Farmers Markets: CLOSED for the season
- Washington State Parks: PARTIALLY OPEN
Many Washington State Parks are 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. Picnic shelter reservations and use permits at Clark County parks will not be available until at least February 2021.
- 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.
- Mount St. Helens: PARTIALLY OPEN
Road access to the Johnston Ridge Observatory is closed due to winter road conditions, however many trails are open. Please check individual status before visiting.
- Convention Center & Meeting Spaces: OPEN
See more requirements below.
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We’re all doing our best to stay safe and support our community during this difficult season.
Savor the Couve
Support local restaurants and nonprofits simultaneously by signing up for a delicious five-course meal! Different breweries, bakeries, and eateries collaborate each week to deliver a takeout dinner experience for two, with $25 from each order going to a pre-chosen charity.
The Savor the Couve meals are available every Thursday through March; be sure to order early as they do sell out. Find menus and more details on the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's website.
Starting on January 11, a new "Healthy Washington" re-opening plan will go into affect. This two-phase system works in accordance to regions, with Clark County placed in the Southwest region along with four other counties. Each region will start in Phase 1 and can only move to Phase 2 if four metrics are met:
- Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)
- Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)
- ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
- COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%
To remain in Phase 2, regions must meet at least 3 metrics:
- Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population
- Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population
- ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
- COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%.
Regions that fail to meet two or more of the above metrics will be moved back to Phase 1.
See what is currently open and closed above; click here for more details.
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.
Feb. 12-15: HoopSource Presidents' Day Tournament (moved to Arizona)
Meetings & Conventions
Convention centers and meeting spaces are permitted to operate for professional training and testing that cannot be conducted remotely, provided all requirements are met.
A few requirements to note:
- Indoor capacity in each room or separate building is limited to 25% capacity (per fire marshal code) or 100 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.