All seven Lincoln County cities and the County Commission Monday decided to go with a bold plan to head off an invasion of thousands of vacationers and “spring-breakers” from the Willamette Valley and Portland from descending on the coast. They don’t want another Washington State fiasco caused by the Corona Virus leaving more sick humans and death in its wake.
Mirroring Governor Kate Brown’s stepped-up tactics to reduce the impact of the viral tidal wave, all Lincoln County cities and the County Commission went along with Brown’s basic approach – keep tourists at home so they don’t bring the virus with them. Many spring breakers and weekend party go’ers have been flooding popular recreation areas like the Oregon Coast much to the dismay of local residents who don’t want the virus coming down Main Street in droves and worsening an already out of control killer disease.
Lincoln County followed the Governor’s plan by making it hard for vacationers to rent hotels, motels, vacation rental dwellings and other accommodations. If it’s for less than a 30 day stay, they don’t get a room. All pools, spas and other bathing facilities are closed at ALL lodging properties for the duration of the governor’s orders. Restaurants are closed except for “take-out” phoned-in orders – bars are closed and there are limits on the size of public gatherings and other restrictions.
Governor Brown encouraged Oregonians, young and old, to “stay home and stay healthy” through “social distancing.” It’s a lot less glamorous but it’ll save a lot more lives. And it won’t flood Lincoln County’s limited medical facilities that are no match for a locally exploding Corona Virus eruption brought to the coast by vacationers who don’t even know they’re carrying the disease. State Parks, even R/V parks, public and private campgrounds are closed. Beach access will be limited.
These and other restrictions are now in effect – approved by city councils in Yachats, Waldport, Toledo, Siletz, Newport, Depoe Bay and Lincoln City as well as in the rural areas of the county. No new motel/hotel/VRD occupancies will be allowed, except for rare exceptions, starting at noon, Wednesday, March 25th.
In short, you can’t beat a deadly virus by giving it complete control of a planet. We have to outsmart it. China did it and so can we by doing what China did – round up the sick so the disease has a lot more trouble infecting the rest of humanity.
Another ray of hope is that a number of international drug manufacturers, including the country of Israel say, they’re getting close to creating a vaccine that will prevent the Corona Virus from making a come-back.
Be careful out there.