Friends Event COVID-19 Guidelines

Due to the reduction in cases and hospitalizations Friends of the Columbia Gorge has updated our guidelines:

  • Masks are optional for Friends-held events and outings.
  • We ask that volunteers please cancel their participation if they feel unwell or have recently been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Friends wants to make sure you feel supported in making decisions for your safety and wellbeing. If masking makes you feel safer continue to do so.

If you live with immunocompromised or unvaccinated individuals, we hope that you hold the safety of your fellow guests, participants, or volunteers as highly as you do your family's. Don’t be afraid to socially distance or mask. Unvaccinated individuals have a significantly higher risk of becoming more seriously infected by COVID-19 and its variants. Friends believes that vaccination is a commitment to safety in our work to protect, preserve, and steward the Columbia Gorge for future generations. Vaccination is the current best way to protect those most vulnerable when gathering in public settings.

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Updated: Oct. 24, 2022