Social Distancing Supports Local Small Business recovery

An Open Letter From Travel Baker County While visitor numbers are still low, the summer tourism season is here and the Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, and we have seen more visitors in Baker County over the last two weeks. We are excited to see visitors traveling again and the increase… Continue Reading

COVID 19 NE Oregon Small Business Grant Opportunity

New grant fund available for Northeast Oregon small businesses to help fill a cash gap for businesses that have suffered from business closures or revenue reductions related to COVID-19. Please share this information with businesses you think might benefit. Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD), with funding from Business Oregon, is offering grants for small… Continue Reading

Face Coverings Required in Oregon July 1

Governor Kate Brown Extends Face Coverings Requirement Statewide Face covering requirements apply to indoor public spaces, take effect on Wednesday, July 1  (Portland, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday July 1. The guidance applies to businesses and… Continue Reading

Baker County Approved For Phase 2 Reopening June 6th

Baker County approved for Phase 2 reopening Yesterday, Governor Brown approved Baker County to enter Phase 2 of reopening starting Saturday, June 6th. Phase 2 will allow more local businesses and organizations to reopen using specific guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some key changes included in Phase 2 are: ● Indoor and… Continue Reading

Union Creek and Anthony Lakes Campgrounds to reopen June 8, 2020

In collaboration with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest (WWNF), Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort (ALMR) is excited to announce the opening of Union Creek Complex and Anthony Lake Complex campgrounds.  Following Covid-19 precautions, including guidance provided by the CDC and Oregon Health Authority for parks and recreation facilities, ALMR will open the following facilities on Monday,… Continue Reading

ORLA Introduces Commitment to Safety Checklists for restaurants and lodging

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association has just released their new Commitment to Safety Checklists for restaurants and lodging partners.  The check lists also include collateral material for ORLA members who want to assure their guests of the extra effort being focused on their safety. If you’re not an ORLA member the checklist are still a great… Continue Reading

Baker County’s Reopening Plan Approved

 Baker County’s Reopening Plan Approved Governor Brown approved Baker County’s Reopening Plan today, allowing some of the restrictions enacted under Governor Brown’s Stay Home Save Lives Executive Order 20-12 to begin lifting on May 15. The updated Reopening Plan is available on the Baker County COVID-19 website,, along with reopening guidance for businesses from… Continue Reading

Baker County Reopening Plan and Business Guidelines

Baker County Has Submitted Reopening Plan to Governor, Anticipates Approval for May 15 Reopening Baker County submitted an updated phased reopening plan to Governor Brown that incorporated new guidance the Governor’s office released during a press conference on May 8.  County officials do not yet know when the Governor will make a final decision on… Continue Reading

Travel Oregon Announces New Covid 19 Emergency Response Grant Fund

In an effort to support entities that have direct ties to driving overnight visitation, Travel Oregon is opening its COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants Program for applications on Mon., May 11 and it will be open through Friday May 15. Program applications may be used for general operating support with the goal of maintaining jobs. Continued… Continue Reading


BAKER COUNTY HOSTING TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE REOPENING BAKER COUNTY PLAN, MAY 6th, 5:30-7:00 PM Baker County will discuss the Reopening Baker County Plan submitted to the Governor’s office on April 24. A panel that includes Commissioner Mark Bennett, COVID-19 Business Operations and Recovery Lead Shawn Berry, Baker City Manager Fred Warner and Health… Continue Reading