CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020

Updated August 5, 2020: We are offering appointments for onsite upload of video files for those who have difficulty sharing files for broadcast with us remotely. We will be using COVID-19 safety protocols, which include screenings when entering the building and 72-hour decontamination periods for ingest stations. Please do not come to the facility if you're not feeling well in any way. To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, call us at (503) 288-1515 and leave a voicemail or email us at If you are able to submit remotely, please continue to do so. You can instructions on uploading remotely here.

Please follow our blog and events calendar to learn about remote opportunities to connect with us.

Open Signal staff are primarily working offsite, and are available to answer your questions.

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You can also find our ongoing list of resources for those affected by the outbreak here.

Please stay safe!

To the Open Signal community,

As a public space, the health and safety of our producers, visitors and staff is, and has always been, Open Signal's top priority.

Oregon's developing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak isn't a full emergency yet, and we want to keep it that way by taking early action. We take seriously our role as a central community space that checks out equipment that is taken to many public and private locations in the Portland metro area and is touched by many hands.

Here are the steps we will take, beginning today:

  • We will honor all existing equipment and studio reservations, but will not make any new ones until further notice.  
  • We are suspending our drop-in hours until further notice.  
  • We encourage staff and community members to stay home if they feel sick.
  • We may adjust our pickup and checkout hours to allow for more thorough cleaning of our equipment between reservations. We may reach out to those with equipment reservations about these schedule changes.  
  • Our fellowship programs will continue to meet with no disruption.  
  • We will close fully to the public if Portland Public Schools decides to close, or if we have reason to believe that there is trace of the virus at Open Signal.

Our leadership team is monitoring this situation daily and we will adjust our plans as needed, providing you with all relevant updates.

In the meantime, here are the steps we advise our community members to take:

  • Please don't visit Open Signal if you don't need to. The best way to avoid contamination is to stay home and avoid contact.  
  • Producers can upload their content remotely (visit this helpful guide for instructions), but be please sure to fill out your show form. If you need to schedule an appointment with us to upload your content onsite, we will review requests on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Producers can contact our playback department via phone at (503) 288-1515 x321 to schedule reruns if you do not feel comfortable filming new series episodes in our studios.  
  • Producers should limit live audiences for their series recordings wherever possible.  

What you can do to reduce your risk, sent on behalf of Dr. Marcia Adams, Oregon Youth Authority Medical Director:

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue that you then throw away.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. Here’s a great short video on how to do it right.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Regularly clean high-traffic surfaces.
  • Take care of your overall health: stay current on vaccinations (including your flu vaccine), eat well, and exercise to keep your body healthy.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • If you do get sick, please stay home to avoid infecting others.
  • If you plan to travel outside the United States, consult travel advisories first.

For verified, up-to-date information on the coronavirus outbreak, please visit:

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Stay safe out there — and as always, thank you for your unending support.

Justen Harn
Chief Executive Officer

Justen Harn Chief Executive Officer

Pronouns: he/him/his

I work with Open Signal board, staff and stakeholders to establish and advance the organization's strategic priorities. I ensure that all Open Signal programs and services are responsive, well-utilized and of the highest possible quality.

For over a decade, I have worked as a nonprofit arts administrator, educator, programmer and cultural engineer. As the Hollywood Theatre’s Director of Programs and Community Engagement from 2007 to 2016, I helped transform a historic cinema on the brink of closing into one of the most celebrated arts and culture organizations in the Northwest. 

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