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GOLD BEACH — The Curry County Board of Commissioners did not lift the ban on short-term transient lodging, which includes hotels and motels, in the county.

An attempt to lift the ban was voted down, 1-2, during Wednesday's, April 29, BOC meeting. Chairman Christopher Paasch was in favor of lifting it, while fellow commissioners Sue Gold and Court Boice were not in favor of lifting it right now. It would have gone into effect on Friday, May 1.

All three commissioners were in favor of lifting the prohibition but in the end, could not agree to when it should happen.

Gold was in favor of lifting the ban with stipulations that CDC guidelines specific to the hotel and motel industries were followed. Paasch amended his motion to include this and then Gold asked if it would be possible to give impacted businesses a week to adjust.

Boice wanted to wait to hear from the governor before lifting the restriction.

Paasch did not amend the motion again and called for the vote.

The vote by the BOC puts the county in line with its three incorporated cities — Gold Beach, Port Orford and Brookings. All three had extended or did not allow their transient lodging bans to expire and jointly sent a letter to the BOC asking it to keep its ban in place.

The county is expected to revisit the ban next week after hearing from Governor Kate Brown, who is expected to talk about the reopening plan for the state on May 4.

The bans were put in place following Brown's stay-home order by the cities and the county to curb tourists from coming to the county and potentially bringing COVID-19 to the area. To date Curry County has had only four confirmed COVID-19 cases, all have recovered.

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