New Shelter-in-Place Restrictions Include Ban on Tourist Rentals, Golf Games

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  • Humboldt County Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich (left) and Public Health Director Michele Stephens discuss COVID-19 at a press conference earlier this month
Humboldt County Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich issued new shelter-in-place requirements today, including limits on hotel rooms and short-term rentals, as well as golf course closures and a ban on playing team sports.

The announcement came on the same day Sheriff William Honsal declared a local emergency.

Among the other updates in Frankovich’s new order are prohibitions on hiking trails that don’t allow for 6 feet of separation or other outdoor activities that put people within the recommended spacing. And no more self-serve options at any establishment providing food, such as salad bars or bakery goods, that can’t be washed by the consumer before consuming.

The order, effective at midnight March 31, also bans hotels, motels, campgrounds, vacation rentals and other temporary residences from renting to non-county residents except under certain circumstances, including travel for essential services.

Most of the other requirements remain the same as an earlier order, such as a ban on public or private gatherings and the allowance of  essential business to remain open.

To read a version of the order that shows the changes in red, click here.

Find the full release below:

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich issued an updated Health Order further clarifying and enhancing the Shelter in Place requirements for county residents.

The updated order addresses county residents’ concerns regarding tourists visiting the area, prohibiting short-term rental properties, including hotels, vacation rentals and campgrounds, from renting to non-County residents.

Additionally, the order further limits activity in parks and other outdoor recreational areas that facilitate public gathering. The order clarifies the definition of essential businesses, recognizing those businesses that support the County’s response to COVID-19 and eliminating the exemption for businesses that “supply products which would enhance the quality of life.”

This updated order will remain in effect until rescinded by the Health Officer. Read the updated order here

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