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ORPA is actively monitoring developments around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it is impacting parks and recreation departments across the state.  This webpage will contain the most up-to-date information from public health organizations and federal and state government.


Upcoming Webinars & Meetings

Upcoming webinars and weekly section meetings have been moved here:

Recordings of webinars that were missed may be found here (if available):


OHA Guidance and FAQs

The OHA COVID-19 page now includes "last updated" dates next to documents.

Guidance by the Oregon Health Authority for different sectors is regularly updated, sometimes without notification.  ORPA will attempt to keep documents updated here for your reference.  For the latest information, please visit the OHA COVID Resource page.

Please Note:

  • Documents developed by OHA are created based on Phases.  For example, if your agency is in a county that is in Phase 2, follow the Phase 2 guidance.  
  • OHA provides three types of documents: Guidance, FAQs, and Signage.
  • Guidance is REQUIRED and should be used to inform your agency on what you are, and are not, allowed to do.  Guidance is infrequently updated, if ever.
  • FAQs are supplementary, updated more frequently, and intended to provide clarity to the guidance based on community feedback.  FAQs are not guidance and do not include requirements.
  • Signs are meant to support communities in posting information for the public.  Signs are available in a variety of languages and large print and can be found on the OHA COVID page.
  • The latest updates will be indicated by the date at the end of each document link in this format: YYYY.MM.DD.


Reopening Guidance Tool

Identifies which guidance document should be used for each activity.  Allowed sports are explicitly listed within this document based on Phase.


Statewide Guidance - Applies Immediately

(for any counties in Phase 0 and beyond)

Reopening Guidance for the Public - Updated 2020.07.01

Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance - Updated 2020.07.24

Statewide Gatherings, Indoor Social Get-Together Guidance - 2020.07.24

General Guidance for Employers - 2020.07.24

Outdoor Recreation Guidance - Updated 2020.07.01

School Aged Summertime Day Camps - Updated 2020.07.24


Phase 1 Guidance

Fitness-related Organizations Guidance - Updated 2020.07.24


Phase 2 Guidance

Gatherings (general public) - Updated 2020.06.03

Outdoor Recreation Guidance - Updated 2020.06.30

Recreational Sports, Limited Return to Play for Specified Sports Guidance - Updated 2020.07.24

Swimming Pools, Spas, and Sports Courts Guidance - 2020.06.30

Venue and Event Operators Guidance - Updated 2020.07.24



At this time there is no Phase 3 Guidance as no Oregon counties are in Phase 3.


ORPA Response

Reopening Oregon Parks and Recreation

ORPA and member stakeholders wrote a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown and developed a grid to identify recommendations for reopening park spaces and reinstating activities based on a phased approach.  The grid is intended for park and recreation providers to identify what programs and spaces they may be able to provide in each phase.  This is a living document, adjusting in accordance to the recommendations made by the CDC, OHA, and Governor's Office.


Click the links below to download the documents:

Letter to Governor

Phased Reopening Plan


Press Releases

Press Release - March 13th, 2020



Additional Oregon Resources and Notices


Governor's Office

COVID-19 Resources (including County Reopen Status)

Reopening Oregon Framework: Details on Restarting Public Life and Business (May 7, 2020)

Phase 1 Prerequisites for Reopening

Press Releases from OR's Governor, Kate Brown

Executive Order 20-16


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Temporary Closure to Developed Recreation Facilities

BLM Access Restrictions (Oregon-Washington)

See Oregon State Parks Response below under 'Parks and Recreation'


Oregon Legislative Updates, provided by ORPA Legislative Advocate Cindy Robert, can be found on our Advocacy page.



CDC & Federal Updates

CDC: General Information & Updates

CDC: COVID-19 Latest Cases & Updates

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations

CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings



211info Community Resources in Oregon and SW Washington

Capacity-Building Toolkit for Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning

FEMA Emergency Declaration: Public Assistance for COVID-19 Financial Impacts

FEMA - Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide

How to Properly Wear and Remove Nitrile Safety Gloves (video)


Park and Recreation Resources


Take Care Out There - Responsible Recreation Messaging Toolkit


Oregon State Parks Response

National Forest Reopening News Release - May 7, 2020

Public Signage (Shared by Oregon Parks & Rec Agencies)

Joint Statement on Keeping Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing

NRPA COVID-19 News and Resources for the Field

Keeping a Safe Social Distance in Parks and Trails

Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During Outbreak FAQ

Senior Nutrition Program Emergency Management FAQ

Travel Oregon - What to know about Oregon's Outdoors right now

Back to Work Toolkit - Reopening spaces and returning staff



CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Water Transmission and COVID-19


Reading Material / Leadership


Community Efforts

UPDATE: Executive Order 20-12 (Stay Home, Save Lives) restricts non-essential movement.  Refer to this order before attempting any of the following suggestions.

Stuck at home and looking to help? Want to find a way to support your community? Coming together and supporting our communities is common in times of crisis.  Here are some ways you can help:

Additionally, there is a shared document in the Resource Library where you can add local charities, volunteer organizations, or information about supporting your community.  We are in this together!


Stuck at Home Self-Care

The situation can be stressful.  Be sure to balance working from home or quarantine with positive activities.  Here are a few ideas:

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