So much has changed in our world since the COVID-19 crisis began a few months ago, but we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Although it will take time to “get back to normal”, steps are being made in the right direction. On June 6th, 2020 Coos Bay/North Bend/Charleston a.k.a. Oregon’s Adventure Coast was allowed to enter into Phase 2 of the reopening process. This means that our community has spent at least 21 days in Phase 1 and saw no significant increase in COVID-19 cases. If you’re planning on traveling this summer and fall, you’re probably wondering what’s open and what’s safe.
As Oregon’s Adventure Coast begins to carefully reopen, it’s important that visitors make informed decisions and prepare themselves for our “now normal” (because this won’t be forever!). Here are some answers to questions you may have to help you decide if you and your family are ready for an Oregon Coast Adventure!
What Does Phase Two Mean for Travelers to Oregon’s Adventure Coast? It means that we are ready to welcome our visitors back this summer, but things may look a little different. Don’t worry, our region is still as beautiful as ever and offers travelers space to spread out, socially distance themselves while relaxing and recharging.
What’s Open? The Visitors Information Centers in Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston re-opened last week under some strict protocols to keep volunteers, patrons and staff safe. Our volunteers are on hand to help you find things to see and do while you are here.
What’s New? The Governor of Oregon issued an order, effective July 1, 2020, requiring face coverings be worn in all indoor public spaces.
Retail Stores, Boutiques, Antique Stores and Galleries. Many of our local retail stores and boutiques have re-opened, but with stringent cleaning and social distancing protocols in effect. Most are offering shoppers hand sanitizer to use when they enter and ask that face masks be worn to help protect employees and customers from the virus. Please check with the shop or shops you wish to visit for their specific protocols.
Restaurants and Bars. Many restaurants in Coos Bay/North Bend and Charleston are still offering delivery, pick-up and curbside service. But some have opened their dining areas at reduced capacity by changing the layout to maintain physical distancing requirements and have implemented enhanced food safety and sanitation procedures. Self-service operations and pre-set tableware are prohibited under Phase Two guidelines. Please keep in mind that some businesses may have additional requirements of customers, such as face masks. Please be sure to contact the restaurant you wish to visit in advance to confirm hours and new rules.
Parks and Public Lands. Parks and public lands began to reopen as of May 29, 2020 for day use only and have since begun slowly opening overnight camping facilities. Please bear in mind that guidelines and open status are subject to change without notice and depend on which agency manages it. Here’s a quick run-down of what outdoor destinations are open (remember, this list is subject to change). Be sure to research current guidelines before making the trip! Check the Oregon State Parks Status Map for the most up-to-date list.
Some Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment. As we mentioned earlier in the post, there is plenty of space on Oregon’s Adventure Coast to spread out and stay safe. In addition to our State Parks and Public Lands mentioned above, visitors will find that other sources of fun and entertainment are now available under Phase Two with some restrictions.
Farmers Market. The Coos Bay Downtown Farmers Market. As an essential food service, the Downtown Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday rain or shine through October 28th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm with the first hour reserved for Seniors and customers with underlying health conditions and issues. Social distancing and additional safety measures have been put in place to keep shoppers and vendors safe.
Fishing, Crabbing & Clamming. Fishing, crabbing and clamming is open on Oregon’s Adventure Coast, however, you are still required to have a fishing license and you will need to check with the agency managing the land or facility that you wish to visit to learn about any additional restrictions. We recommend following these tips on the ODFW website. By the way, it’s Razor Clam Season on Oregon’s Adventure Coast!
What’s Being Paused for Now? Out of safety concerns, the Egyptian Theatre, Charleston Marine Life Center, Coos History Museum and Coos Art Museum remain closed to the public until further notice. Most major events taking place this summer and early fall have either been canceled or postponed. Follow our Events Page for up-to-date information.
What Now? As Oregon’s Adventure Coast continues to open up, we’re doing our best to keep our visitors informed on how to stay safe and healthy. The information in this post is subject to change. However, the need to practice basic safety measures like wearing face coverings, regular hand washing and social distancing is not changing anytime soon and will go a long way to keep Oregon’s Adventure Coast open for business through the summer and beyond. When you are ready to travel, we’ll be here ready to welcome you back.