COVID-19 Resources

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.

Latest News: Last updated April 8, 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 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 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.

What does reopening mean for Lincoln City?

We have created a reopening resource page to help answer some of the frequently asked questions about reopening Lincoln City.

Are beaches open?

The beaches never closed. Lincoln City open spaces, trails, beach access, and parking lots have reopened as of May 19, 2020.

Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun to roll out in Oregon. Oregon Health Authority has been following 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 Jan. 25, OHA began vaccinating individuals beyond this initial phase, allowing for childcare providers, early learning and K-12 educators to receive their vaccines. While vaccine supplies are expected to increase in the coming weeks, supplies are currently scarce.

Register for the COVID-19 vaccination waitlist in Lincoln County

Oregon Health Authority Resources
Lincoln County Public Health Resources


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.

Local Response

The City’s focus during the COVID‐19 emergency is on the continued operation of City functions. To this end, the City created a Continuity of Government Operations plan (COOP). This plan allows the City to make adjustments to work schedules and determine mission-essential city operations that must continue during emergencies.

The COVID‐19 virus situation is moving very quickly and will require resources and actions by all jurisdictions. To facilitate this rapidly changing situation, the Lincoln City Council adopted an emergency declaration on March 16, 2020, establishing a state of emergency for the city due to COVID‐19.

The Lincoln City declaration provides emergency powers for the City to implement and expedite various measures necessary to ensure the City's actions are sufficient to provide the citizens and visitors the required public safety and protection actions during this emergency.

In response to both the emergency and Governor Brown’s directives, the City of Lincoln City has taken the following actions.

Follow updates from the City Manager here.

Federal Response

For Employers

For Employees

Debunking Myths

There is a lot of information flying around about COVID-19. Below are some links to clear up some of the misinformation.

World Health Organization Myth Busters
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Key Facts
Oregon Health Authority Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Public Health Resources

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
U.S. Department of State

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Government Resources

White House
Oregon Governor's Office
City of Lincoln City

COVID-19 Travel Industry Resources

Destinations International
U.S. Travel Association

Travel Oregon

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Explore Lincoln City will continue monitoring developments and communicating with industry partners. Health and safety are our top priorities, and we will follow all guidance from local, state and national public health officials.