Clatsop County and the cities of Astoria, Gearhart and Warrenton will modify restrictions placed on hotel, campground and vacation rental operators beginning June 5, under a draft plan released Friday, May 22. Lodging and camping operators will be able to operate at 60 percent capacity from June 5-25, when they can expand to 100 percent.

The county board of commissioners is scheduled to hold a special meeting 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, to consider the plan.

In March, Clatsop County and the cities of Astoria, Cannon Beach, Seaside and Warrenton each adopted local orders that curtailed lodging businesses. The actions came in the wake of a large influx of visitors to local towns, parks and beaches that sparked concern about the potential spread of COVID-19. Gearhart has followed the county’s lodging order.

The lodging plan comes as the county enters the first phase of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide reopening plan, which allowed restaurants, gyms, salons and other businesses in most counties to operate in a limited capacity beginning May 15.

The city councils of Cannon Beach and Seaside each voted to rescind their respective lodging orders effective May 26.

The county and three other cities chose June 5 as a reopening date for lodging because that is the date that the state’s restriction on non-essential travel is anticipated to be eased.


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