RESTRICTION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN MONO COUNTY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THREAT

RESTRICTION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN MONO COUNTY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THREAT

Unified Command Emergency Operations Center Press Release – March 21, 2020

(For Official Press Release from Public Health Officer Dr. Thomas Boo, press HERE.)

Short -Term Rentals

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a looming threat to the health and safety of the people of Mono County and Town of Mammoth Lakes. At this time, the Mono County Public Health Officer has issued an order limiting the use of all short-term rentals to specific purposes consistent with the Governor’s “Stay At Home” order. This action is consistent with efforts across the United States and California. Our response efforts seek to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and decrease the overall impact on physical, emotional and mental impact on individuals, families, healthcare workers, all of which place strains on medical facilities and the local economy.

To fight the spread of COVID-19 on March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, commonly called the “Stay At Home” order, requiring all persons residing in the State to remain in their homes or places of residence, except as needed to maintain the continuity of operations for critical infrastructure (the “Stay-at-Home Order”). The Order does not have a specific end date.

The Guidance provided by the Governor’s Office lists specific jobs and functions within those critical infrastructure sectors that are deemed “necessary.”  This includes hotels and lodging activities related to isolating or quarantining persons infected with or exposed to the COVID-19 virus, or housing workers performing jobs deemed essential to maintaining critical infrastructure. Please view the memorandum from the Town of Mammoth Lakes summarizing the list of essential business in our community.

Human travel promotes the spread of disease and the presence of visitors in Mono County has the potential to exacerbate the spread of the disease and the anticipated strain on our limited healthcare facilities caused by COVID-19. Unnecessary activities, including travel to resort areas such as Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, have been restricted by the Governor in order to prevent the spread of the disease in a manner and at a pace that overwhelms the State and Mono Counties ability to respond.

We, and the State recognized the potential need to allow the use of hotels and other facilities for emergency service workers, essential service works, for displaced residents needing shelter, for traveler safety, and other response and mitigation efforts related to COVID-19. These types of uses are allowed.

We understand the uncertainty that exists with the Governor’s Order as it does not provide an end date. To this end, the guidance from the Town/County Unified Incident Command is to plan for this Restriction to be in place at least through April 30, 2020. The spread of COVID-19 and the associated impact on the health care system is being closely monitored.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we stand together to beat this disease.

Contact: Stuart Brown, Unified Command Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer, [email protected]; (760) 914-7110.

 

 

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One Response to RESTRICTION OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN MONO COUNTY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 THREAT

  1. Lisa Del Mar, CA March 30, 2020 at 12:01 pm #

    Charles James – By reading your articles and the Los Angeles Times along with watching national broadcasting news, my two friends and I decided on March 12 not to travel to Mammoth Lakes for our annual snow trip with our three golden retrievers. Unfortunately, we booked with VRBO not Airbnb. Our cost to book 5 days and 4 nights (March 30 – April 3) in Mammoth Lakes is $1954.20. VRBO wrote on their website that they will refund their administrative fee to all travelers, but everything else is up to the homeowner — they are not getting involved! Our owner has stopped communicating and only refunded the cleaning fee of $175, not even the pet fee of $450 ($150 fee per dog). If people are not getting their money back from booking their rentals, they perhaps are chancing it and traveling to Mono County putting all the local residents and businesses at an even higher risk of COVID-19 cases per capita. I am truly sad that visitors are not staying home and not keeping all of you folks at the place we love to holiday — Mammoth Lakes — safe and secure and able to access food, healthcare and needed medical supplies. Please do an article on short-term rental owners not refunding travelers’ money during the COVID-19 pandemic and the direct health risk to Mono County because folks not getting their money back are still making the trek to Mammoth Lakes and other destinations in Mono County.

     

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