Gov. Kate Brown approved Clatsop County’s plan to reopen effective May 15, according to county press release.

Under that reopening, all cities and unincorporated areas of the county automatically reopen to phase 1, said Rick Hudson, the emergency manager for the City of Cannon Beach.

The Cannon Beach City Council subsequently met and voted to rescind the closing of motels, hotels and vacation rentals as of 6 a.m. May 26. These establishments may once again accept guests.

The council also voted to rescind the visitor evacuation order effective immediately, Hudson said.

The city’s emergency declaration order will remain in place, however, possibly until the end of 2020, he added.

“Beginning Friday, May 15, gyms, retail stores and personal services including barber shops and salons, spas and tattoo parlors may partially re-open, and local restaurants and bars will be able to open for sit-down dining,” stated the county’s press release.

“Gatherings of up to 25 people will also be allowed.

“All reopened business will be required to follow detailed state guidelines on numbers of customers, physical distancing, cleaning and other measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Under the state’s strategy, after 21 days counties will be eligible to allow further opening of business, gatherings and public spaces.

“According to its plan, Clatsop County meets the prerequisites for contact tracing of positive cases, isolation facilities, and first-responder PPE.

“It also meets metrics required of Hospital Preparedness Organization Region 1, of which it is a member with Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties. These include minimum testing capacity and hospital PPE supplies.”


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