Oregon Parks and Recreation Department issued a press release Thursday, saying the Whale Watch Week program would be canceled this spring break due to the pandemic.
“We urge visitors to explore parks close to their homes and to respect the communities they visit,” OPRD director Lisa Sumption said. “Please, wear face coverings and give plenty of space to other visitors. If a park is crowded, consider visiting another whale watching site or returning later.”
Depoe Bay’s Whale Watch Center is closed, but most viewing sites managed by parks and rec will stay open with reduced services and volunteers will not be stationed at whale watching areas.
A map of whale watching sites is available online on the Oregon State Parks website.
A “COVID-19 impact status map” can be found online, showing which parks are open or closed.