Businesses have started to reopen in Albany and around Oregon, but leisure travel remains discouraged for now. Stay safe by staying local.
What can you expect when you do decide to go shopping? Some people are hesitant to get out and about in light of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But a few Albany-area businesses are hoping their participation in a new program will help take some of that trepidation away.
We’re proud to join our industry partners in committing to a safer Willamette Valley by taking part in the all-new Responsible Reopening program, sponsored by the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. In order to elevate a valley-wide message of unity, care and excellence we hope others will join our fellow businesses and pledge to implement these self-regulated Willamette Valley Community Commitments, in addition to mandated state requirements, for the health and safety of locals and visitors alike.
So far, more than a dozen area businesses and organizations are participating and have pledged to enact a 10-point safety checklist designed to create the safest possible environment.
How will you know? Participating businesses are displaying decals and other signage bearing the Responsible Reopening logo to feature those safety standards (as seen here with this blog). As an example, upon entering Sybaris Bistro you notice the spacious layout has changed to offer patrons the safest dining experience possible while keeping the same quality service and atmosphere Sybaris fans have come to enjoy. The restaurant also offers limited seating outside.
To date, here are Albany-area businesses taking part in the program who are making sure their patrons and staff are safe: Springhill Cellars Winery, Urban Ag Supply, Comfort Suites Albany, Albany Visitors Association, St. Innocent Winery in Jefferson, Phoenix Inn, Sybaris, Calapooia Brewing Company, Deluxe Brewing & Sinister Distilling, Frankie’s, Phoenix Inn Suites, Bryant Family Farm, Gallery Calapooia, Iron Water Ranch and Albany Historic Carousel & Museum.
So, when you get the urge to shop or get a meal out, take time to look for the Reopen Responsibly signs in and around Albany.