COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - Olympic Peninsula

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Last updated April 2, 2020

So much has changed in a few short weeks. As much as we hate to say it, now is not a good time to travel to the Olympic Peninsula. A stay-at-home order from our Governor is in effect throughout Washington State, “except for crucial activities“. 
 
Many local businesses are closed or on limited operations according to the order, and our own communities need to be able to look after their own right now. But these communities are strong and we are already planning for the time when we can welcome our visitors back to the Olympic Peninsula. In the mean time, this travel advisory is updated regularly to provide you with our most current information from area officials, including state and local authorities, WA State Dept. of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other knowledgeable resources.
 
Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents, employees and visitors. Be assured that our lodging establishments, restaurants, transportation companies and local businesses take healthy travel very seriously and are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the same. Go ahead and plan for your future trip. We look forward to being able to welcome you back soon.

Washington State Governor’s Updates

3.23.2020: Governor Jay Inslee has announced Proclamation 20-25 “Stay-Home – Stay Healthy” Order for an immediate two-week, state-wide closure of all non-essential businesses and a prohibition to all people in Washington State from leaving their homes or participating in social, spiritual and recreational gatherings of any kind regardless of the number of participants and all non-essential businesses in
Washington State from conducting business with some exceptions. This Proclamation still allows for restaurants and food services to provide delivery or take-away services, so long as proper social distancing and sanitation measures are established and implemented.

4.2.2020: Governor Jay Inslee has announced an extension of his emergency stay-home order through the end of May 4.

Events

Under the governor’s Proclamation 20-25, almost all events have been canceled or postponed. We will make every effort to keep our “Events” calendar updated with any changes, and we encourage you to double-check on any specific event you might be planning to attend.

Ferry and Bus Service

3.18.2020: Black Ball Ferry Line will be suspending service between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, B.C. from March 30 to April 30, 2020 . Prior to the 30th, the ferry will continue to operate under the current schedule to allow for the return of United States and Canadian citizens back to both countries as well as commercial cargo service. In accordance with the announcements from both federal governments, all non-essential travel is suspended.

3.20.2020: Effective March 23, Clallam Transit will be temporarily suspending its Strait Shot service.

Visitor Centers

All of the visitor centers are closed for walk-in traffic until further notice but available for phone assistance. A full list, with contact information, may be found HERE. For travel planning assistance, we encourage visitors to use our Contact Us form.

Olympic National Park

3.24.2020: In Olympic National Park all public facilities including visitor centers, contact stations, and restrooms are closed. Most park roads are closed at the park boundary including Staircase Road; Hurricane Ridge Road; Ozette Road; Mora Road; Upper Hoh Road; Lower and Upper Queets roads; and North Fork and Graves Creek roads in the Quinault Valley. The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road. Sol Duc, Deer Park, Obstruction Point, and Hurricane Hill roads have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time.

All overnight camping in Olympic National Park, including in wilderness, is currently suspended. All drive-in park campgrounds are closed including: Staircase, Heart O’ the Hills, Ozette, Mora, Hoh, Kalaloch, Queets, North Fork, and Graves Creek. Deer Park, Fairholme, Sol Duc, and South Beach have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time. With this closure, it is important to remember that no other areas in the park are authorized for camping. See the ONP Alerts & Conditions page for more information.

Olympic National Forest

3.27.2020: The Olympic National Forest Ranger Stations in OlympiaQuilcene, and Quinault are temporarily closed to visitors and ALL Olympic National Forest developed recreation sites will be closed through April 8, 2020. Recreation closures include trailheads, day use areas, campsites, cabins and picnic sites. Reservations cannot be made at this time.  Existing reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages, if there are any changes affecting their reservation.  Refunds will be issued for cancelled reservations. 

Washington State Parks

3.24.20: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Essential staff will be present to preserve and protect resources. Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30. Due to the volume of people visiting Washington’s ocean beaches, we are asking the public to avoid those areas. People should continue to practice social distancing when recreating outdoors. 

Recreational Fishing and Shellfishing

3.26.20: Olympic National Park, in coordination with WDFW, is temporarily closing recreational fishing and shellfishing parkwide until further notice. This closure is in response to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation 20-25 issued by the Governor of the State of Washington.

Tribal Lands

3.17.2020: Both the Makah Nation (Neah Bay) and the Quileute Nation (La Push) are closed until further notice to ALL visitors and tourist activities.  This includes beaches, trails, museums, events  lodging facilities, restaurants, shops, etc.  The beaches of the Quinault Indian Nation are also closed off to the public and no permits are being issued at this time. These measures are taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of their communities, elders and tribal people, and in conjunction with Tribal, County and State emergency management agencies. The tribes appreciate your understanding, and look forward to welcoming visitors once again at the appropriate time.

We strongly encourage all visitors and residents to abide by the advice on the CDC’s website and to take all reasonable steps to prevent illness.  Use your discretion when traveling.  If you don’t feel well, don’t travel.  We’ll be here, ready to welcome you when you are ready to enjoy your time on the Olympic Peninsula fully.      

The Nature Conservancy Lands

3.24.2020: The Nature Conservancy has closed all of its Washington Lands. On the Olympic Peninsula this includes the Hoh River Forest and the Clearwater Forest.

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Further updates may be found at the following resources.

County Resources

Clallam County: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html

Jefferson County: https://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1429/COVID-19

Mason County: https://www.co.mason.wa.us/COVID-19/index.php

Grays Harbor County: http://www.healthygh.org/covid19

Washington State Resources

Updated information from the Governor’s office available here.

Updated information from Washington Tourism Alliance / ExperienceWA.com is available here.

Updated information from Visit Seattle is available here.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Seattle Cruise Information: Traveler updates are available on the Port of Seattle’s website

Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to answer questions from the public. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. For additional information see the Washington State Department of Health website.

United States Resources

The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of Level 4 Travel Advisories to several countries.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel to several countries.

British Columbia

TRAVEL UPDATE 3.18.2020: In accordance with the announcements from both federal governments, all non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. is suspended.

Destination British Columbia is monitoring the situation and posts relevant information on its website.