PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — This Memorial Day, people around Portland visited popular hiking trailheads and viewpoints like Multnomah Falls.
With more people getting their vaccines, folks in the region say that they finally feel safe being around other people.
“We are from Ohio, originally I’m from India, we heard so much about the falls, so we are just exploring, said Harshal Sawant. “We are just having a wonderful time. It’s beautiful, I feel like it’s perfect. That’s how I feel.”
At the Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, hikers were even able to meet each other.
“That’s a good thing,” said Jason Jentzsch. “It’s a great thing to be able to socialize and see a stranger.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this month that people who are vaccinated don’t have to wear their masks everywhere and can resume normal activities.
“We’ve been vaccinated for a month a half now, said Pablo Enriquez. “We’re excited to be outdoors. And to see other people too, getting exercise.”
Those who still plan to venture out should give themselves extra time to park. Water and sunscreen are also a must.
“We are just having a wonderful time,” Sawant said. “It’s beautiful, I feel like it’s perfect. That’s how I feel.”