The City of Bend has extended the COVID-19 local state of emergency and
administrative order discouraging travel to Bend.
Extending the state of emergency and the travel order helps us support the health and
safety of our community as we begin the phased process of reopening,Ē said City Manager Eric King.
The declaration of a local state of emergency allows for temporary emergency policies
related to procurement practices, facility closures, employee teleworking and public
meeting protocols. It also says:
The City wonít shut off water for non-payment of unpaid water bills during Phase
I of reopening, and potentially into Phase II.
Permitted special events are not allowed through Phase II, except for farmerís
markets on public property (exempt from the Governorís order).
The City has flexibility to allow additional space on sidewalks, parking areas or
streets for eligible business operations to meet COVID-19 public health
guidelines, provide a safer environment for customers and employees, and to
stimulate the recovery and support of local businesses.
The extended declaration of a local state of emergency can be found here. It was
extended through Phase II of the Governorís Reopening Oregon plan (which explains
phasing). The start and end dates of Phase II have not been established by the state
yet. Phase II could begin as early as June 5, if Deschutes County is able to meet state
criteria for entering Phase II.
The City Manager has also updated an order discouraging tourist travel and related
activities in Bend through the completion of Phase I. In Deschutes County, Phase I
began May 15 and could end on June 5 at the earliest, if Deschutes County meets state
criteria to begin Phase II of reopening. Under this order:
Travel away from home for recreational or vacation purposes is strongly
discouraged and should be avoided.