Enjoy the Outdoors Safely
As questions continue to come in regarding trail closures, what to expect when traveling, and how to recreate safely outdoors, we hear you. Here is an update.
There is a lot of fluctuating information surrounding impacts on coastal communities during this pandemic. The coast has witnessed an influx of visitors into what is traditionally our “off-season,” so we are asking that if you chose to travel, to be prepared. Recreation sites from state parks, to campgrounds and public boat launches, are all reporting record-breaking visitation levels as Oregonians and visitors head outdoors after months of staying home. It is important to know what to expect before heading to the coast so that you and your family, as well as residents, can feel comfortable. Face coverings continue to be required while in public spaces, indoors, and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Travel with your family, but no groups of more than 10 people. Prevent crowding by not congregating at trailheads, parking lots, or popular boat and ocean access points.
Respect closures. There are a variety of reasons your favorite hike or spot might not be open. The coast has experienced wildfires, windstorms, downed trees and more. Rescue efforts place an additional burden on medical resources that are currently already sparse. By respecting closures, it keeps you out of danger, and rescue teams too. Most beach access points have re-opened for those who just wish to have a much needed beach walk. Be prepared by doing your research and looking into a park or trail's status and understand closures can happen without notice and facilities such as restrooms may be closed.
Although the Echo Mountain Fire has been contained, the after-effects of this disaster are still at our doorstep. Lincoln County moved into Phase 2, but COVID-19 cases continue to rise. With coastal resources thin, you are encouraged to stay as local as possible, pack everything you need, and pack everything home with you. Luckily, in Lincoln City, it is easier to be socially distant on our seven miles of beach, plethora of hikes, and beautiful scenic drives. We love our visitors and depend on them for our community to thrive. Visit our Restaurant List to see who is offering take-out and enjoy your favorite coastal cuisine. As we navigate through these times, let's all be courteous and patient with each other and respect individual comfort levels. We're in this together.
For resources and further information about wildfire recovery, enjoying the outdoors safely, and what Phase 2 means, visit Travel Oregon's recent article.