City of HR Orders Tourists Home
The City of Hood River is ordering all tourism lodging stays to cease immediately. A statement from the City indicates Mayor Kate McBride made the decision in the wake of visitors flocking to the Columbia River Gorge last weekend despite statewide restrictions on public gatherings. The order calls for property owners and managers to terminate reasonable steps to have tourist guests vacate by 1 p.m. Thursday. All short-term rentals are prohibited until the declared emergency officially ends. There are exceptions for current registered guests who will stay for a minimum of 30 consecutive days, essential personnel, individuals deemed vulnerable by the Hood River County Health Department, and other individuals authorized by the health department.