County says short-term rentals, campgrounds, hotels should be closed

County says short-term rentals
There should be no rentals to non-essential workers… —County of Tulare HHSA 


Karen Haught, MD, MPH, sent an email on April 20, 2020, to all who are registered with the County of Tulare as lodging facilities in unincorporated parts of the county. The correspondence was intended to clarify a state order restricting unnecessary travel that in turn will limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2).
Dr. Haught, as the Public Health Officer for the County of Tulare, is reminding these businesses that based on a Governor’s Executive Order last month, lodging facilities, short-term rentals, and campgrounds may not conduct commercial operations unless they are renting out to workers who have been deemed essential. There has, as of yet, been no end date announced for this order.
In accordance to this order on March 19, 2020, Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California State Public Health Officer, stated all individuals in California must stay at home unless they are fulfilling jobs or functions that are part of the critical infrastructure of California. County says short-term rentals


County says short-term rentals


The Tulare County Health Officer has further clarified that the state Stay-at-Home Order applies to hotels, short-term rentals, resorts, bed-and-breakfast inns, and campgrounds in Three Rivers and throughout Tulare County. The county correspondence reiterated that lodging facilities may not rent to tourists. County says short-term rentals
Three Rivers is a recreation destination, which puts its residents at risk because vacationers traveling here could bring the virus with them, but the pandemic brings with it precarious economic times for the community’s micro-business owners. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Three Rivers.
The major vacation-rental booking sites disclosed that many short-term rental properties in Three Rivers are accepting reservations. These sites are also offering refunds to guests who cancel for COVID-19-related reasons (such as travel restrictions). In addition, hosts are not being penalized for cancelling reservations under certain guidelines related to the pandemic. County says short-term rentals
The local travel industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus, including short-term rentals and other lodging facilities. Support staff has been laid off, and Three Rivers depends on a steady flow of travelers who spend the night here and patronize the other locally owned businesses.  
With the measures being taken, leisure travel will, hopefully, recover in a short period. For now, lodging owners and operators will continue to suffer a revenue wipeout due to the uncertainty of when the ravages of the virus will dissipate. County says short-term rentals
 
County says short-term rentals
The only exception to the closure of overnight accommodations is limited to the housing of critical infrastructure workers (see image above) for purposes of performing such work. There should be no rentals to non-essential workers, HHSA stated.
More than 30 states have issued stay-at-home orders, which has affected the movement of more than 250 million Americans, or 75 percent of the country. But this patchwork approach to restricting travel in the U.S. has created confusion while local governments grasp for solutions.

8 thoughts on “County says short-term rentals, campgrounds, hotels should be closed

  • April 24, 2020 at 7:21 am
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    I was wondering about this as the parking lot was pretty crowded yesterday at the Comfort Inn.
    I’ve also watched one vrbo flip 6 times in 3 weeks , and was about in an accident when a family towing a trailercamper coming down 198 decided to pull off ( obviously lost) across Dinely Dr. and stopped.
    So who enforces? If you call the RMA Tulare county code enforcement…. ? Us , as always Juliette Martinez is the Public Outreach between us and all these agencies. Give her a ring..
    559 740 6202

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  • April 24, 2020 at 3:26 pm
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    I am glad to see the county public health officer has FINALLY put out a statement that says what that office, The Governor’s Office and State Dept of Public Health have been telling me for over a month. Let’s see if the businesses currently violating this order will actually comply, I doubt it. There have been far too many LOUD voices, apologists for those businesses that have continued to violate this order from the beginning. All I can say is that I care about the health of every resident in this community and I wont forget those business owners who have refused to comply. They will not get business from me or my friends and family after this. They’ve demonstrated for over a month that the wellbeing of the rest of us residents means nothing to them.

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  • April 24, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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    Shame on those places that conduct business while the rest of us hunker down. Shame on the people who avail themselves of opportunities to travel and possibly carry infection into our community. All of them have heard the same edicts and know they are in violation. People who convince themselves that it won’t matter if they sneak past the rules and scatter their germy trash wherever they go. They go blithely on their way, never knowing if someone became ill or died from the results of their selfish behavior.

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  • April 25, 2020 at 9:56 am
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    I know Anne Pfaff and other SNP related employers are looking for employee housing for the summer season. If you own a vacation rental and would like to rent to seasonal employees this year I have standard, fill-in-the blank forms I’d be happy to email to you. If your rental managers are not real estate brokers please don’t ask them to do paperwork for you. You could jeopardize their business. Only real estate brokers, or you as owners can initiate the paperwork needed for a month-to-month rental. Contact a local broker if you’d like them to manage your rental for the season. Contact SNP Personnel if you’d like your name on a list for available housing. Employees can’t afford vacation rates but you can pay your bills and support our community.
    Forms? Send an email to: darsey@affairsrealestate.com

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  • April 26, 2020 at 8:22 am
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    Some places require any vacation rental property owners to actually live in the community they are operating in. No carpet baggers! When we get back to normal something has to be done about these air bnb’s.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 10:48 pm
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    We (Sequoia Campground and Lodge) closed completely on the 17th, even before the email went out.

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  • May 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm
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    Sequoia Motel has been closed since the 15th of March and will not open until the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Parks deem it safe enough to open. I just pray I can cover my insurance and property tax for this year and get through next winter
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