This banner will be continually updated with the most current COVID-19 related rules and modifications to City government operations enacted under the local State of Emergency. As the situation evolves, please reference this location for the most current City of Hood River information.
Important Information from the City of Hood River during the COVID-19 emergency.
To maintain readiness and resiliency during the public health crisis, the City of Hood River is operating under a local State of Emergency following provisions of HRMC 2.48. The City of Hood River, along with other local and state governments, encourages all citizens to Stay Home and Save Lives in order to keep frontline essential service workers as safe as possible. Social Distancing of a least six feet is our primary tool to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of Covid-19. All are responsible for limiting contacts and stopping person-to-person transmission of the virus. The sacrifices required of our local businesses have been significant and painful. We will only get through this and get everyone back to work by preventing the spread of this virus.
The City is focused on doing everything possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. We’re continuing to serve our community and provide essential services to the people of Hood River. Essential services are our highest priority.
• All utilities and other services will continue regardless of a customer’s ability to make payment.
• Anyone unable to make a payment due to the virus or office closures can defer through the end of the state of emergency, plus 60 days, with no penalty, interest or charges.
• Highly visited parks are closed as posted at each location. Park closures will be continually modified if use levels violate physical distancing guidelines. Please observe posted signs. Trails are generally open but please be mindful of keeping physical distance and look for any postings.
• CLOSED in Hood River: Waterfront Park (including beach and water access), Children’s Park and the Event Site will remain closed until further notice.
• Neighborhood Parks Open in Hood River: Jackson Park, Wilson Park, Mann Park, Tsuruta Park, Culbertson Park, Library Park, Morrison Park, Marina Park and Marina Green, Overlook Memorial Park, Hazelview Park, Rotary Skate Park, Frog Beach, the Hook, and the Spit.
• Hotels, short-term rentals, and other lodging facilities may reopen to non-essential and discretionary (i.e. “leisure” or “recreational”) travelers on May 29, 2020.
• Sign up for City emails to stay informed.
• The link to sign up for Citizen Emergency Alerts.
• Notification of the end of the local State of Emergency will be made on the City’s website, its Facebook page, and by email to subscribers.
• The City of Hood River will continue to follow the recommendations of Hood River County, getreadygorge.com and the Oregon Health Authority with regards to COVID – 19.
How to work with the City
- All City offices are closed to the public. The City continues all operations and staff can be reached by phone, email and online.
- During the declared State of Emergency, questions to City departments can be still be answered by phone or the “live chat” function on the City’s website at cityofhoodriver.gov/.The City’s main phone number: 541-386-1488, department direct lines can be found on the bottom of the website.
Payments to the City
- Utility payments, parking tickets and municipal court fines may be made online.
- Anyone unable to make a payment due to the virus or office closures can defer through the end of the state of emergency, plus 60 days, with no penalty, interest or charges. All utilities and other services will continue regardless of a customer’s ability to make payment.
- In-person court appearances are delayed until at least May 19th.
- City Council continues to meet remotely and the public is encouraged to attend remotely. Meeting details and participation instructions will be posted.
- Other City committees or commissions will either meet remotely or will be suspended until a future time. A full list of meeting status is at cityofhoodriver.gov/administration/meetings/
We are especially mindful of maintaining all essential services to the Hood River community including Police, Fire & EMS, Water, Sewer, WasteWater, and Public Works. Essential services are our highest priority.
Public Works – The public works office is closed to the public while work carries on, following all hygiene and physical distancing guidelines. Regular maintenance, repairs, and planning for capital improvement projects continues. Priority is given to responding to urgent calls, while non-urgent issues will be addressed as time permits.
Police – The Police department staff continues to work around-the-clock to answer emergency and non-emergency calls. The Police station front lobby is still open to address customer service requests. Currently, the Police Department is still not offering fingerprinting due to the necessity to social distance.
Fire/EMS – Crews continue to be available and respond to both fire and medical emergencies, taking calls 24/7 while practicing appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of both firefighters and citizens during this pandemic.
The following chronology outlines changes through past weeks in City operations. Please contact the City of Hood River by phone, email or website Live Chat. Thank you!
May 28, 2020 – City extends local emergency declaration but adds allowance of non-essential lodging
May 14, 2020 – City extends local emergency declaration
May 1, 2020 – City opens neighborhood parks, with exclusions
April 28, 2020 – City extends local emergency declaration
April 8, 2020 – City extends local emergency declaration (English)/Español)
March 26, 2020 – City issues toilet flushing reminders (English / Español)
March 25, 2020 – City restricts lodging for discretionary travel (English)
March 24, 2020 – Joint message release from Hood River County, City of Hood River and City of Cascade Locks (English)
March 23 – Governor Brown issues Statewide Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order
March 23 – City of Hood River closes parks and facilities (English / Español)
March 17 – City makes operational changes (English / Español)
March 16 – City asks for remote contacts only (English / Español)
March 16 – City meetings suspended (English)
March 12 – Multiple ways to connect with the City of Hood River (English)
In an effort to share important information, the City of Hood River has collected the following resources for the community that relate to COVID-19. Please click the links provided for details.
Local Business Operations
Lists of Food Resources, Retail & Services open for business during the public health pandemic. The Chamber’s online marketplace also has information on products and services available locally.
Stay Home, Save Lives
Executive Order COVID-19 information and resources from the State of Oregon
COVID-19 updates from Hood River Co. Health Dept. for residents, businesses, schools with list of resources to help families and residents
Hood River County PSAs
Public Service Announcements from Hood River County’s public health officer Dr. Chris Van Tilburg
Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
Oregon’s statewide health authority’s guidance for COVID-19
MCEDD COVID-19 Resource Page
includes a list of tools and resources to support local workers and the business community.
Hood River County School District
News and announcements related to public schools
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