PORTLAND, OR (KPTV)- Portland is getting back to some of its favorite things with pandemic precautions in place as Multnomah County is now at a high-risk level. 

The Saturday Market starts up again next weekend, and the Portland Art Museum reopened Saturday to a sold-out crowd, with limited capacity and time-specific tickets.

"We're so excited to welcome people back to the museum," Ian Gillingham with the museum said. "We have excellent filtration in part because this is a museum and we have already sophisticated climate control system, and of course we have tons of gallery space, many times the gallery space needed for people to enjoy their visit safely."

And while Multnomah County is at the high-risk level, capacity is limited. The museum is letting in a couple of dozen people every half hour. They've extended popular exhibits that were due to close this spring so that people can still experience them.

This is phase one in a two-part reopening. Starting May 5, visitors will also be able to see the Ansel Adams exhibit.

Some Portland favorites re-open as Multnomah County enters high risk

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FOX 12 spoke to Megan, Julie and Darcy Gillespie as they finished their museum visit Saturday.

"It feels really good to take advantage of the activities right here local that we can get back to and see," they said. "Everyone is really spaced out. You can really see the art without having too many people in front of you. It was really nice."

As Portlanders get back to some of the things they love, another reopening is right around the corner.

The Portland Saturday Market kicks off next weekend, so in preparation, the Portland Old Town Arts and Culture Foundation and SOLVE picked up trash and cleaned graffiti around Old Town and the Waterfront, knowing many people may not have visited since the pandemic and wanting them to feel safe and welcome.

"For those that are complaining, this is a great time get outside, go downtown, see for yourself. It can look really bad on the news, but it might appear differently in person," Board Chair of the foundation Reid Decker said. "People want to get out. This is the time to get out."

More information on the market is available here and time-specific tickets for the art museum can be booked ahead of time here.

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Toothache

Hopefully, the customers won't be murdered or the business destroyed or burned down while they are in it. After all, it is Portland, the city where criminals are more important than it's law abiding residents.

PDX2MtHood

It IS bad! LOL. Old Town is a warzone straight out of Mad Max. Camps, drug addicts and trash everywhere. It smells like urine and visible feces are around. I know because I used to work down there it is DISGUSTING. Portland should be ashamed for having that market down there. The area around PAM has also taken a nose dive with vagrants and camps around. The Plaid Pantry and Safeway always attract street vermin and the South Park Blocks is the usual hangout for vagrants and other miscreants of society. Downtown has been completely given over to the scum of society who do nothing but drag the rest of us down. We waste millions in cleaning up trash and graffiti when it would be cheaper to simply enforce the law. Unfortunately for liberal cities like Portland, the vagrants, drug addicts and other low lifes are top priority for the local government because they can virtue signal and show how much compassion they supposedly have for these people. This is the new Portland aka North San Francisco. This is the new normal and it will not get better.

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