Joint plan will modify lodging, camping restrictions beginning June 5 in Clatsop County, Astoria, Gearhart, Warrenton

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.
Lodging and camping operators will be able to operate at 60-percent capacity from June 5 to June 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.
The draft plan is available for viewing at this link. Members of the public are welcome to submit comments about the document by email to Public comment will also be taken at the May 29 meeting – go to this link to see how to join the county’s virtual meetings.