The Cannon Beach City Council Sunday passed a resolution that orders certain visitors to evacuate the city and not return to stay for a period of time, according to the resolution.
One of the exceptions to the resolution are visitors who are invited by a resident or property owner, as stated in a city Q&A press release on the city website.
The resolution states that a visitor is “any individual who is spending time in the City for pleasure, recreation or nonbusiness reasons and is not a resident, property owner or business owner,” as stated in the release.
“Despite orders and recommendations by state and federal health authorities to reduce travel, limit congregating in large groups and abide by social distancing guidelines, during the weekend of March 21-22, 2020 the City of Cannon Beach experienced a significant influx of visitors from outside the immediate area,” the release states. “These visitors congregated throughout the City without following social distancing guidelines and caused a depletion of critical resources such as food and supplies at local vendors. Because many of the local residents of Cannon Beach are retired, the demographics of the City skew older than the rest of the population, and therefore our residents are more vulnerable to the deadly effects of COVID-19. Moreover, the northern Oregon coast has limited medical resources, which further endangers the local population when there are large influxes of visitors during times of declared emergencies. The City of Cannon Beach is concerned that without additional action, the City will remain a destination for travelers during spring break and while schools are closed for an extended period.”
Jim Paino, executive director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, stated in a press release sent to The Gazette: “We want to report to everyone the results of the Emergency City Council meeting this evening. This will help us keep our community safe and healthy. We understand the economic hardships that all our members are facing during these difficult times. The best way to get through it is to work together.”
Clatsop County residents may travel to Cannon Beach for essential services such as grocery shopping, the release states.
“Under the City’s code, if a facility is subject to the local transient lodging tax, it is subject to the order to close,” as stated in the release. “This includes all traditional hotels, lodging houses, RV sites, and short term rentals.”
Visitors are asked to leave “no later than 11:59pm on Monday, March 23,” the release states.
The Gazette contacted City Manager Bruce St. Denis for comment Monday but did not receive a response by press time.