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Curry County lifts restrictions on visitor lodgings, moves to reopen

Effective Wednesday evening, Curry County has decided to lift the ban on visitors staying in the area as it pushes toward reopening.

Posted: May 6, 2020 2:11 PM
Updated: May 6, 2020 6:31 PM

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — A little over a month after closing off lodgings on the southern Oregon coast to visitors, Curry County says it has lifted those restrictions as it pushes toward reopening.

The ban on visitors staying at area hotels and vacation rentals came more than a week after the Governors stay-at-home order, when county officials reported that they continued to see an influx of visitors. 

(Photo courtesy of Curry County Emergency Management / Facebook)

(Photo courtesy City of Brookings / Facebook)

The Board of County Commissioners said that they discussed rescinding the order last week, but ran into resistance from city governments and some residents.

"Monday the city of Gold Beach decided to lift their ban on transient lodging effective Friday May 8, and Brookings will meet Wednesday evening to discuss the same, with Port Orford to meet at a later date," the County said.

Brookings is expected to lift its own visitor lodging ban on Friday.


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Curry County also plans to open up overnight camping at Boice Cope County Park on Friday, saying that Governor Brown's latest announcement allowed for campgrounds to reopen. Brown indicated that campgrounds would slowly begin reopening around the state as various agencies ensure that they can do so safely.

"Staff further explained safety protocols are being put in place to help minimize the spread of COVID19," the County said of its Wednesday meeting. "Due to needed repairs, Lobster Creek Campground will remain closed until further notice."

Curry County joins a number of other southern Oregon counties this week in filing a petition to enter "phase one" of the Oregon reopening plan.

"The Commissioners Office has been receiving a lot of calls regarding businesses and their need to re-open," Curry County said. "To petition the state, the county needed to develop a plan satisfying seven public health related criteria the Governor requested be addressed."

The Governor’s office still has to review the plan, which was developed by the county’s Public Health Administrator, Sherrie Ward — with state officials indicating that it could take up to two weeks to review and comment on the plan.

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