Updated on July 23, 2020
Dear residents and visitors,  

The coast is clearing here in Astoria and Warrenton. We know our beautiful coastal communities are a respite for so many which is needed now more than ever. We are cautiously reopening hotels, restaurants, attractions, and businesses while keeping our collective wellbeing at the forefront. Our goal is to help you gather a sense of what to expect when you visit and how you can best prepare before hitting the road. Starting on July 1, the State of Oregon required everyone to wear a face covering upon entering an indoor public space. In addition, effective July 15, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. As of  July 24, face coverings are required for youth ages 5 and up, restaurants and bars must close at 10 p.m., and capacity limits for restaurants, museums, venues, etc. is reduced to 100 people indoors.
(Click here to review all of the state's guidelines.)

When you get here you will notice many changes from your past experiences as we adopt safety procedures – differing from business to business – that have been implemented and follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of planning ahead and knowing the guidelines and capacity limits that local business owners are following to keep you and their crew safe. Akin to the bar pilots that help cargo ships make safe passage from the Pacific Ocean to the mighty Columbia River, we are navigating choppy waters – so please be careful, be kind and be patient while our community adjusts to this new normal.  We'll keep our staff home if they aren't feeling well, and we ask you to do the same. Here are some tips from our local hospital to help us all be safer together.

Below you can find resources regarding Astoria-Warrenton restaurants, lodging, attractions and outdoor recreation sites. 

We encourage you to call ahead or check online for details and current operational status at the locations you plan to visit. Many businesses have adjusted their hours, amenities, and services to open under the current safety and health guidelines, as well as increased cleaning and sanitation protocols.

The following information was updated July 14, 2020:
  • Outdoor Recreation and Parks
    • The beaches are open at Fort Stevens/Oregon State Parks. Day use recreation areas including trails, disk golf and batteries are currently open (gate opens at approx. 8 a.m to dusk/8:30 p.m.). Picnic shelters, visitor center and museum remain closed.
    • All park trails and parking areas are open at Fort Clatsop (Lewis and Clark National Historical Park). Guided river paddle tours are accepting reservations for guests 18+. 
    • Playgrounds, trails and skateparks are OPEN per Oregon State Phase 2 Reopening in Cities of Astoria and Warrenton as well as Clatsop County park sites. Health and safety guidelines from the state and local municipalities will be posted as warranted.  This advisory from the City of Astoria Parks Department provides a clear outline of the state and local guidelines at parks.  Clatsop County maintains the gates at the beach entrances at Sunset Beach and Del Rey Beach, and all are open currently.
    • As a reminder, face masks are required in outdoor public spaces listed above when physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Restaurants
    • A few things to know about dining out in Oregon’s Phase 2: Dining areas have been reconfigured to meet state guidelines including seating parties at least six feet apart, groups may be no more than 10 people, and/or use of physical barriers between tables. Following the state's mandate, all guests are required to wear face masks when entering any indoor public space. All on-site consumption of food and drinks must end by midnight; self-service operations like buffets, salad bars and drink refills are prohibited; and tables may not be pre-set with tableware, napkins or condiments. For a full list of guidelines, review this State of Oregon Phase 2 Guidance for Restaurants.
    • Here you can view a list of restaurants and bars offering take out, delivery services or dine in options in Astoria and Warrenton. Some restaurants require reservations for dine-in service to help address capacity restraints.  Some have offered new, temporary outdoor seating areas.
 
  • Shopping
    • Each business owner has adapted their store to meet requirements for reopening and many have followed additional suggestions from state and health officials with the safety of their staff and customers in mind. In addition to increased cleaning and sanitization measures, you will find that each store has a maximum capacity and will require physical distancing between customer groups, sometimes providing a one-way traffic flow in their store to assist with this effort. Many of the shops in our area have installed barriers at their counters and have provided hand-washing stations at the entrance. Following the state's mandate, all guests are required to wear face masks when entering any indoor public space. Additionally, many of our local businesses continue to offer online or phone ordering options, curbside pickup or delivery for customers. For a full list of guidelines, review this State of Oregon Guidance for Retail Stores.
    • The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association has provided a list of retail business’s hours and guidelines at this link.
 
  • Lodging (Hotels, Motels, Campgrounds, B&Bs, etc.)
    • Lodging of all types and sizes in Astoria and Warrenton are currently at 100% capacity. Some amenities (like pools, fitness rooms, breakfast service, etc.) may not be available or may be offered in a different way.
    • Oregon State Parks, including Fort Stevens, advance reservations are required and all cabins and yurts are closed until further notice. Additional services or changes will be shared on the park pages here.
    • The lodging industry does not have specific reopening guidance from the State of Oregon. They are following guidelines set by their industry leaders and other guidelines that apply to their specific location, like pools and spas, event venues, etc. Following the state's mandate, all guests are required to wear face masks when entering any indoor public space, including all indoor lodging properties. You can expect to see employees wearing masks, efforts being made to reduce contact at check-in, elevators and other shared spaces and pool closures or reservation systems for single-party use. Some have opted to implement extra time for cleaning between guests. Breakfast service may be changed for easier ‘grab and go’ service. Cleaning and sanitation protocols have been increased to meet or exceed CDC standards.

We are pleased to welcome you back and appreciate the understanding and flexibility you will lend to our community and other visitors as we all learn what it takes to operate under the new safety guidelines. 

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Regina Willkie
And the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Staff

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