Covid 19 updates, links and additional information

Snake River Road Update: Road is Open With Recreation Restrictions

Today, Incident Commander Mark Bennett approved modifications to yesterday’s order for the Snake River area. Based on input from the community, the order has been amended to prohibit camping and overnight use in public areas along the Snake River corridor between April 4-18.  Complete press release HERE

Covid 19 Update March 27, 2020

BLM, Oregon State Parks, and US Forest Service announce additional closures to help slow the spread of COVID 19.   For a list of the current public land closures impacting Baker County view the complete (subject to change) list HERE

Covid 19 Update March 27, 2020

New Baker County website offers key coronavirus health and community information.
To help members of the Baker County community stay informed about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its local impacts, and actions being taken to prevent its spread, Baker County today launched a COVID-19 website, located at  Information on the site will be regularly updated for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on Baker County.

Read the Full press release HERE

Covid 19 Update March 23, 2020 

Today Gov. Brown tightened social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means every person needs to remain at their place of residence except for essential needs. You can read the full Executive Order 20-12 here:

Executive Order: Stay Home Except for Essential Needs

On March 23, I issued Executive Order 20-12, effective immediately until further notice. This is a statewide order. Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health.

For more information, see the latest press release.

In short, here is what is allowed and what is not. If you’re not sure about an activity, skip it. Staying at home as much as possible during this time will save lives.

Allowed (must keep 6 feet from others):

  • Hospitals and health care
  • Grocery stores
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Take-out/delivery from restaurants and bars
  • Pet stores
  • Gas stations
  • Certain retail stores
  • Outdoor activities like walking your dog, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood
  • Child care facilities and babysitters (only if abiding by new rules)

Not Allowed:

  • Social gatherings (parties, celebrations) with people from outside of your household
  • Dine-in restaurants and bars
  • Nightclubs and concerts
  • Shopping at outdoor or indoor malls and retail complexes
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios, dance and yoga studios
  • Grooming: Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, non-medical wellness spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, music concerts, sporting events, museums, skating rinks
  • Outdoors: State parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools, skate parks, festivals

Together we can #FlattenTheCurveOR and keep our communities safe. #StayHomeSaveLives

Covid 19 Update March 18, 2020 

The Northeast Oregon Joint Information Center is now operational and providing daily updates within the Northeast Oregon region including Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties.  This is a valuable resource for our local business and community members to help stay on top of the rapidly changing Covid 19 situation.  We will be sharing the daily updates here on our website.  Future updates will will be added under the what’s new tab at the bottom of our page, to help keep our community members informed

Covid  19 Update March 17, 2020

In response to the  rapidly evolving Covid 19 pandemic and recent travel, social distancing, and business restriction , Travel Baker County is working closely with our local and state health officials and Travel industry partners.  Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests, our tourism industry partners, and their employees .

The CDC is consistent in its precaution to practice every day preventative measures to help stop the spread of the COVID 19 Virus:

  • Stay home while you are sick.
    • Never visit a hospital or long-term-care facility if you have a fever or cough illness.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
    • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
    • Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.
    • With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the CDC, OHA and local public health authorities.

With the most recent restriction on travel, social distancing, and events gatherings, all upcoming events have been cancelled , Anthony Lakes Ski Resort has closed for the remainder of the season,  and many of our local restaurants and other businesses are adjusting hours and operations to comply with the new  social gathering restrictions and restaurant limitations to take out and delivery only with additional precautions for guest and employee safety .     We will be working with our local partners to provide updates as more information is available.

We recommend the following resources for the most up to date and accurate information regarding this dynamic and ongoing situation

For more information about local response and actions being taken in Baker County please refer to the following links

Baker County: Baker County is the lead on local response.

Baker City:  Baker City is working in coordination with the County on local response measures

While we are encouraging everyone to comply with current social distancing recommendations and restrictions on social gatherings and unnecessary travel, if you must travel we recommend:

We will also be posting regular updates on our website as this dynamic situation continues to evolve.