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Lincoln County Extends Short-Term Lodging Restrictions

Rachael McDonald

Lincoln County has extended restrictions on short-term lodging through May 31st. The coastal county is looking for a way to have a phased re-opening, hopefully in June.

Tourism is a huge economic driver for the Oregon Coast. But, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Lincoln County put a stop to short term stays at local hotels, motels and rentals. Claire Hall is a Lincoln County Commissioner.

“It is truly economically devastating for them and their workforce and they’re encouraging us to look at at least a partial reopening sooner rather than later.”

Hall says they’re consulting with the lodging industry on ways to re-open safely. She says they’re working with other coastal counties, Clatsop and Tillamook, who have also limited short term lodging. Hall compares the coronavirus shutdown to flipping a switch and says reopening has to be the slow turning of a dial.

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Lincoln County Commissioner Claire Hall.

“Let’s go about this thoughtfully. Let’s make it data-driven. Let’s take into account health, safety and economic impacts and hopefully we can find, and I’m confident we will find some kind of a reasonable balance.”

Lincoln County has only 5 positive cases of the virus and no deaths. Hall says there’s a large concentration of senior citizens in her county and she’s glad their social distancing restrictions have helped to keep the virus under control. But Hall says they have a large senior population, and keeping their residents healthy is the top priority.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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