Deschutes County has been approved to begin moving into Phase 2 of the reopening process, which permits swimming pools to open, along with movie theaters, bowling alleys and restaurants may stay open later. Phase 2 also permits Oregonians to travel within the state, which means it’s time to plan your Sunriver summer vacation!
The Sunriver Owner’s Association announced on Tuesday night, June 10, that the organization plans to open to pools at SHARC just in time for summer. SHARC anticipates opening the pools on Thursday, June 25, with limited availability. SROA also included a mention in the announcement to be prepared for the possibility of closing the pools under the authority of the state, county and/or SROA itself.
SHARC Set to Reopen Thursday, June 25
Over the past several months, the number one question we have received from prospective guests is, “Will SHARC be open? Will pools be open?” Finally, we have an answer and we know our guests will be pleased to know that pools in Sunriver will be reopening in time for summer vacations. SROA must comply with OHA requirements and restricted occupancy. The reopening of SHARC pools in Sunriver will follow this plan from SROA:
- Pools will be available Thursday-Monday only (times TBA)
- Facility will be occupancy restricted based on OHA requirements
- Swimming will be in timed sessions
- Sessions will be by online reservation only (coming soon)
- Lap swim TBD
- Expansion of days and hours anticipated, with details TBD
As SROA works to determine the final details, it’s important to educate yourself and your family on how to safely access SHARC by visiting its website. We know everyone is looking forward to spending quality time outside enjoying the aquatic center at SHARC. It’s important for everyone to realize their role in ensuring the health and safety of all of us for a successful summer season in Sunriver.
What’s Open in Sunriver This Summer?
Another question we’ve received often throughout the last couple of months is, “Are restaurants in Sunriver open?” Yes! Restaurants in Sunriver have been open for curbside pickup and delivery. When Deschutes County entered Phase 1, many Sunriver restaurants including Sunriver Brewing and The Wallow opened for in-house dining. All restaurants must follow CDC and OHA guidelines for reopening, which includes limited seating and social distancing. When you walk into a restaurant in Deschutes County, you’ll notice fewer tables and more space between them.
Every restaurant and retail establishment in Sunriver is opening and adapting to new guidelines. Blondie’s Pizza is open for pickup and delivery with a new walk-up pickup window. The pizza restaurant will continue delivering inside Sunriver, but has not announced when in-house dining will resume. You can still enjoy a beer on their deck while you wait for your to-go order.
Brewed Awakenings remains open for walk-thru and drive-thru service, but has not announced plans to reopen their lobby for in-house dining. Hot Lava Baking Co. is also open for take-out at this time.
Restaurants with Dine-In Service as of June 11, 2020, Include:
- El Caporal
- Hola! Sunriver
- Wallow Bar & Grill
- Cafe Sintra
- Marcello’s Cucina Italiano
- South Bend Bistro (Take out Tues-Sat, Dine-in Friday and Saturday evenings)
- Sunriver Brewing Co.
- Village Bar & Grill
- Mountain Jug (Beer Garden open, no indoor seating)
- Big Belly Burgers & Brew
But what about Goody’s?! Goody’s has opened its dining room for walk-in ordering. You may also place orders online or over the phone for express window pick-up!
High Desert Museum Set to Reopen Wednesday, June 17
After months closed due to COVID-19 precautions, the High Desert Museum plans to reopen on Wednesday, June 17! The Museum has implemented new procedures in accordance with the Oregon Health Authority and the Deschutes County Health Department. The number of people admitted will be capped in order to ensure adequate physical distancing.
The Museum will be requiring face masks, cloth or paper, when you visit with the exception of those younger than age 2 and those with a disability or health condition that makes it prohibitive to wear a face covering. Their staff will also be wearing face coverings. Another reason they ask you to wear a mask is to protect the otters in their care. A number of wild and domestic animals around the world have tested positive for the virus and otters could potentially be vulnerable.
Sunriver Trail Rides
Sunriver Stables is open and offering trail rides on horseback with safety measures in place. You can make reservations online or over the phone and the Stables will not be accepting cash at this time. They have a glass window installed at check-in and riding helmets will be sanitized after each use. Trail guides will be wearing proper PPE while helping guests mount and dismount their horses. Remember to follow proper social distancing guidelines as you wait for your ride and after the ride is over.
Supporting Local Businesses
Many of the retail and service businesses in Sunriver has also started reopening. Please remember that all of our businesses in Sunriver and across the state have new policies and protocols in place that we must follow in order to open. Sunriver has done very well adapting to the changing situation. Local, small businesses have just survived very challenging times and we’re not out of the woods yet. Together we can rebuild with kindness, compassion, social distancing and face masks.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Sunriver this summer! Please check with specific businesses regarding their hours and updated operations. Thank you for supporting the Sunriver community!