COVID-19 Updates – AVA and Albany businesses

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel (Oregon Travel Advisory 12/01/2020)

Effective Dec. 3 through Dec. 17, 25 counties will be in the Extreme Risk level including Linn County. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The next assignment of risk levels will take effect Dec. 18. For full details on restrictions look here.

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In counties with extreme risk, the following activities will be allowed, with health and safety protocols in place:
• Social and at-home gatherings with people from outside your household will be limited to a maximum of six people, with a recommended limit of two households.
• Restaurants, bars, and other eating and drinking establishments will be limited to a maximum of 50 people for outdoor dining only, with only six people per table. Take-out is strongly encouraged.
• Indoor recreation, fitness, and entertainment establishments, including gyms, will remain closed, however, outdoor recreation, fitness, and entertainment activities, including outdoor gym activities, will be allowed, with a maximum limit of 50 people outdoors.
• Retail stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and indoor and outdoor shopping centers and malls will be limited to a maximum of 50% of capacity, with curbside pick-up encouraged.
• Faith institutions, funeral homes, mortuaries, and cemeteries will be limited to a maximum of 25% of capacity or 100 people indoors (whichever is smaller), or 150 people outdoors.
• Office workplaces will be required to utilize remote work to the maximum extent possible, with public-facing offices closed to the public.
• Personal services businesses will be allowed to continue to operate with health and safety measures in place.
• Long-term care facilities can allow limited outdoor visitation, following established health and safety protocols.
Oregon counties that are successful in reducing their COVID-19 risk levels in the coming weeks and months will be able to incrementally move to lower risk levels.

More information on the county risk level framework is available here:
Disease Spread Table
County Risk Level Table
Guidance by Activity

please note: Masks are required statewide at all times unless you are:

    • At your own residence.
    • In your own personal vehicle.
    • Under five (5) years of age.
    • Eating or drinking.
    • Engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower.
    • Sleeping.
    • In a private, individual workspace.
    • Removing the mask briefly because your identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement.
      If you have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents you from wearing a mask, you can request an accommodation from the business or venue or transit authority.

A complete list and map of counties, and their associated risk levels is available here.

Holiday gatherings– it is strongly encouraged not to gather with more than one other household, limited to 6 people maximum. If indoors, continue to physically distance and wear masks and only not be masked together while eating. If possible (weather permitting) be outside.

Linn County is in currently in Phase II of Oregon’s planned phased reopening and listed as Extreme Risk. Businesses are taking every precaution to keep customers and employees safe. Restaurants are currently offering take out and delivery options. Many businesses are open while others are offering alternative options. We will continue to update this page as new information is available.  Please contact AVA to add or update information here.

Please be patient as we all work through this process. We have provided links directly to their pages to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions via phone or e-mail.

The AVA lobby will be closed to the public through Thursday, December 17, 2020. AVA staff will be working from home to help keep our visitors and staff safe. AVA’s team is still available through phone and email, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, of course you can find our visitor information on the website or free Albany Explorer App. 

Stay local, stay safe and support your local community.

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Closures of note

Here is an update on closures in Albany:   The Historic Carousel & Museum, The Albany Regional Museum, and The Monteith House Museum will be closed through December 17, 2020. We will update the status starting December 18 as soon as we know.

Events status

  • To keep our customers informed, we will continue to update our online calendar of events as reports come in and actively reach out to confirm with event planners for events that have been canceled or rescheduled.
  • If you have questions regarding an event status, feel free to call us at 541-928-0911. We will get an answer for you as soon as we can.
  • We will also post to our Albany Visitors Association Facebook page when we are notified of an event cancellation or as new events are added, so follow us and be informed: https://www.facebook.com/albanyvisitorsassociation/

Resources

A public health poster from the CDC to encourage hand washingFor more information on the Coronavirus and efforts to keep it from spreading, please refer to the following reliable sources:

City of Albany https://www.cityofalbany.net/coronavirus

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) where you can also subscribe to OHA Coronavirus Updates (the latest news about COVID-19 in Oregon.) https://www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/index.aspx

Travel Oregon Travel Alerts Refer to Travel Oregon’s “Travel Alerts” web page to keep current with the latest recommendations and announcements about COVID-19 within our state. https://traveloregon.com/travel-alerts/

Keep calm, wear your mask and hand wash on!

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