Explore Lincoln City and the City of Lincoln City are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and Explore Lincoln City will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance from public health authorities.
February 28th - Governors Brown, Newsom, and Inslee announce updated health guidance. Indoor mask requirements in Oregon will be lifted, effective March 12, 2022.
February 24th - Oregon's governor announced the lifting of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective April 1, 2022. The Oregon Health Authority announced Oregon's indoor mask mandate will be lifted effective March 19, 2022.
February 7th - Oregon Health Authority announced that Oregon's indoor mask mandate will be lifted by March 31, 2021, if not sooner.
December 21st - Oregon's governor extends COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective through June 30, 2022.
December 13th - Oregon Health Authority announces Oregon's first three cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
November 23rd - Oregon Health Authority lifts requirement to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings. Indoor mask requirements remain in effect.
November 2nd - CDC recommends pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years.
August 24th - Oregon's governor announced a new statewide mask requirement to wear masks in outdoor public settings where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status, effective 8/27.
August 19th - Oregon's governor announced two new vaccination measures to address the hospital crisis and help keep students safe.
August 11th - Oregon's governor announced new statewide requirements to wear masks in all indoor public spaces for individuals age 5 and older, effective Friday, August 13, 2021.
July 30th - Oregon's governor announced new mask guidance for state agencies.
July 29th - Oregon's governor directs state agencies to align K-12 mask guidance with CDC recommendations.
June 25th - Oregon's governor eliminated Oregon’s County Risk Level framework and most remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions starting June 30, 2021.
May 18th - Oregon's governor announced that Lincoln County reached a 65% vaccination rate and will permanently move to the "Low Risk" category, effective May 21, 2021.
May 13th - CDC and State of Oregon updated mask requirements lifting most restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals.
May 12th - Oregon Health Authority authorizes the use of the Pfizer-BioTech vaccine for ages 12-15.
May 11th - Lincoln County will move down to the "Moderate Risk" category, effective May 10 through at least May 27, 2021.
April 29th - Oregon's governor extends statewide emergency declaration through June 28, 2021.
April 20th - Lincoln County will remain in the "High Risk" category, effective April 23 through at least May 6, 2021.
April 6th - Lincoln County will move up to the "High Risk" category, effective April 9 through at least April 21, 2021.
April 6th - COVID-19 vaccine availability extended to all Oregonians over 16 years of age, effective April 19, 2021.
March 23, 2021 - Lincoln County will move up to the "Moderate Risk" category through at least April 8, 2021.
March 12, 2021 - Lincoln County will remain in the "Lower Risk" category through at least March 25, 2021.
February 26th - Oregon's governor announced a COVID-19 vaccine prioritization schedule.
February 25, 2021 - Oregon's governor extends the statewide emergency declaration through May 2, 2021.
February 23rd - Lincoln County will enter the "Lower Risk" category of Oregon's Risk & Protection Framework, effective February 26, 2021.
December 29th - Oregon's governor announced that Lincoln County would enter the "High Risk" category of Oregon's Risk and Protection Framework, effective January 1, 2021.
December 17th - Oregon's governor extends the statewide emergency declaration through March 3, 2021.
December 16th - The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Oregon.
December 15th - Oregon's governor announced that Lincoln County will enter into the "Extreme Risk" category of Oregon's RIsk and Protection Framework, effective December 18, 2020.
December 1st - Oregon's governor announced an update to county risk levels, which include new reopening restrictions, effective December 3, 2020.
November 13th - Oregon's governor issued a two-week statewide "freeze," in effect November 18, 2020.
November 6th - Oregon's governor announced a 2-week pause on social activities for five Oregon counties, effective November 11, 2020. This does NOT include Lincoln County at this time.
October 27th - Oregon's governor extends the statewide emergency declaration through January 2, 2021.
October 19th - Oregon Health Authority now recommends wearing a face-covering/mask instead of a face shield and updated its guidelines.
September 29th - Lincoln County entered Phase 2 of Oregon's Phased Reopening.
September 1st - Oregon's governor extends the statewide emergency declaration through November 3, 2020.
August 31st - Lincoln County delayed its application to enter Phase 2 until September 29, 2020.
August 20th - Oregon's governor approved Lincoln County to enter Phase 2 of Oregon's reopening on September 8, 2020.
August 6th - Lincoln County submitted an application to enter Phase 2 of Oregon's reopening.
July 13th - Oregon's governor announced that face coverings will be required in all outdoor spaces where a physical distance of 6 ft from others cannot be maintained, and indoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people, effective July 15, 2020.
June 30th - Oregon's governor extends the statewide emergency declaration for 60 days, effective through September 4, 2020.
June 29th - Oregon's governor announced that face coverings will be required statewide in indoor public spaces, effective July 1, 2020.
June 17th - Oregon's governor announced that face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces throughout Lincoln County, effective June 24, 2020.
June 11th - Oregon's governor announced a one-week statewide pause on pending county applications for reopening.
June 7th - Lincoln County reported an outbreak at Pacific Seafood in Newport, OR, accounting for 124 new positive cases of COVID-19.
June 1st - Lincoln City lodging properties that meet county guidelines are allowed to reopen.
May 18th - City of Lincoln City extends emergency declaration through July 6, 2020.
May 15th - Lincoln County entered Phase 1 of the State of Oregon's reopening guidelines, with short-term lodging scheduled to open June 1, 2020.
May 14th - State of Oregon approves Lincoln County's application for reopening. Will enter into Phase 1 on a date determined by the County.
May 12th - Lincoln County submitted an application to reopen to the State.
May 7th - Oregon's governor released Phase 1 plans for reopening Oregon.
May 1st - Oregon's governor extends state emergency declaration through July 6, 2020.
April 27th - Lincoln City, along with Lincoln County, emergency declaration and short-term lodging prohibition extended through May 31, 2020.
April 14th - Oregon's governor introduced a framework for reopening Oregon.
April 13th - Oregon, California and Washington announced Western States Pact.
April 8th - Oregon's governor extended Oregon school closures through the remainder of the academic year.
April 7th - Oregon's governor extended the order prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink until further notice.
April 3rd - Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
March 28th - Oregon launched a statewide COVID-19 public awareness campaign.
March 24th - First Lincoln County resident tests positive for COVID-19.
March 23rd - Short-term lodging is prohibited in Lincoln County including hotels, vacation rentals, homestay properties, RV parks, and private campgrounds until the declared emergency ends or other notice. View the most frequently asked questions.
March 23rd - Oregon's governor issued a stay home order to slow the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately and until further notice. Individuals are directed to minimize travel except for essential needs as detailed in the executive order. Additional guidance has been issued by the governor. Lincoln County has also released stay-at-home updates.
March 22nd - Oregon State Parks and Recreation closed all state parks until further notice, effective March 23, 2020, at 5pm. Beaches can be closed by OPRD at their discretion and will be closed if social distancing practices are not followed.
March 20th - Oregon's Governor directed all Oregonians to stay home, stay healthy. Oregon plans to announce a statewide policy and public awareness campaign Monday, March 23, 2020.
March 19th - Oregon State Parks announces camping closures for parks, forests, and wildlife areas, effective April 3 - May 8, 2020.
March 17th - Oregon school closure extended, effective through April 28, 2020.
March 17th - Restaurants and other establishments are restricted to serving takeout and delivery food only, effective until further notice. Exemptions to this ban include grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores and workplaces. You can find an up-to-date list of open restaurants here.
March 17th - A statewide ban on gatherings of more than 25 people was announced, effective until further notice. Oregon's governor urged Oregonians to avoid being around 10 people at a time and suggested businesses that cannot serve customers in a way that minimizes interpersonal contact should shut down completely during the pandemic. Explore Lincoln City will continue to update our Events Page as local cancellations or postponements are announced.
March 16th - City of Lincoln City declared a state of emergency, effective through April 28, 2020.
March 13th - All Oregon schools are temporarily closed, effective through April 1, 2020.
March 13th - Lincoln County declared a state of emergency, effective through April 30, 2020.
March 13th - United States issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency.
March 11th - A statewide ban on gatherings of more than 250 people was implemented in Oregon through April 8, 2020.
March 11th - World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 is a global pandemic.
March 8th - Oregon's Governor declared an Oregon state of emergency to activate resources to minimize the spread of the virus within the state. This emergency declaration will remain in effect for 60 days.
We have created a reopening resource page to help answer some of the frequently asked questions about reopening Lincoln City.
The beaches never closed. Lincoln City open spaces, trails, beach access, and parking lots have reopened as of May 19, 2020.
COVID-19 vaccinations have been rolled out in Oregon. Oregon Health Authority followed a phased approach to ensure that critical health care workers, long-term care residents and employees in public health settings could get their vaccines first. On January 25, 2021, OHA began vaccinating individuals beyond this initial phase, allowing for childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators to receive their vaccines. Vaccines are now readily available for individuals 12 and older that want it.
Steps you can take, recommended by the Oregon Health Authority, to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold can also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.