EDITOR’S NOTE: Tillamook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today March 22nd to close all hotels/motels, short term rentals, campgrounds, parking lots, day use areas, boat ramps, and issue orders for visitors to go home by noon on Monday March 23rd. There was 100% support from other cities, special districts and municipalities to take this bold, brave step in light of the news that Governor Brown will not take statewide action any time soon. Tillamook County is once again a leader to address protecting the health of our residents and community.
In response to the public health emergency presented by COVID-19 to our residents, our workforce and our guests, the Tillamook Board of County Commissioners took decisive action today, March 22, 2020 to mitigate the impacts of visitors and tourists to our area through April 28, 2020.
We will be closing all parks: camping and day use in all privately owned, county, state and federal parks except for folks who live in parks full-time and pay month to month.
We will be closing all transient lodging including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and short-term rentals including condos to all visitors who are not providing essential services or are here for commercial reasons such as construction, trucking, etc.
We are closing boat launches to all but commercially fisherman that provide a retail food source. We are closing beach access points and parking lots and extending no parking zones in public right of ways.
COVID-19 represents and unprecedented threat to public health the likes of which has not been seen in the past 100 years. The severity of the threat to life, health and safety calls for extreme measures and immediate action. We care deeply about the economic resilience of our lodging providers and businesses in the tourism sector and are grateful for their sacrifices for the protection of their employees, guests and the community at large.
We ask the community’s support and forbearance as the outdoor recreation opportunities that we all value including parks, beach access and boat launches are closed to us all.
Here is the Resolution 20-006: