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City of Hood River restricts lodging - 03/26/20


March 26, 2020

For Immediate Release



Rachael Fuller, City Manager



City of Hood River City restricts lodging during COVID-19 pandemic


In further efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, the City of Hood River has ordered all lodging stays for discretionary travel to cease immediately. The intention of the City’s latest Executive Order is to reduce visitation to the area and protect public health and safety. 


Tourism lodging restrictions will affect motels, hotels, short-term vacation rentals, hosted home shares, bed and breakfasts, RV parks and campgrounds in the City of Hood River from March 26 until April 14, unless extended. In the past week, despite statewide restrictions on public gatherings, many visitors have flocked to the Columbia Gorge, gathered in large groups and failed to observe state-mandated six-foot social distancing requirements, thus creating a threat and danger to others.


To protect health and safety, Mayor McBride’s Executive Order 20-07, imposed several new restrictions to prevent recreational visitors from coming to Hood River in violation of Governor Brown’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order.  The order follows actions made by many Oregon tourism destinations.


All transient lodging facilities in Hood River shall be restricted, with some exceptions. Only the following uses of transient lodging facilities shall be allowed:

• Current registered guests who will stay for a minimum of 30 consecutive days.

• Essential personnel as defined by federal or state law, where lodging is necessary to provide essential work in the local area.

• Individuals deemed vulnerable by Hood River County Health Department, which may include but not be limited to, homeless individuals or individuals placed in quarantine due to the public health emergency.

• Other individuals authorized by the Hood River County Health Department.


Short-term rentals are defined as rentals of a duration less than 30 days. For more details, please refer to the full City of Hood River Executive Order 20-07. If after reading the order you have additional questions, please contact the City of Hood River at 541-386-1488.


The City is maintaining all operations and services, following social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Essential services are the City of Hood River’s highest priority. The City encourages all residents to visit GETREADYGORGE.COM for up-to-date facts on COVID-19 and to avoid misinformation and will continue to update information related to the City at The City of Hood River continues to follow recommendations of Hood River County ( and and the Oregon Health Authority ( with regards to COVID-19.


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