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
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
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.