The following information is a message from District 5 Supervisor Lynda Hopkins regarding vacation rentals and has been emailed to homeowners.
The Association expects all homeowners to comply with the shelter in place order by cancelling all vacation rental reservations.
March 21, 2020
We have two live updates coming up to keep us all connected.
First, tonight (3/21) at 8:30, please join my live facebook fireplace chat on my public page here.
Second, the County of Sonoma is holding a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 24th, Information here .
El condado de Sonoma organizará dos reunión comunitaria virtual para compartir información sobre el nuevo coronavirus (Covid-19) el martes 24 de marzo del 2020. Informacion aqui. Informacíon aquí.
Overcrowding Outdoors and Vacation Rentals:
It has come to my attention that many vacation rentals are continuing to operate. Some vacation rentals are actively advertising to encourage out-of-county tourists to come stay in Sonoma County during the shelter-in-place order.
I recognize the economic impact of shutting down vacation rentals. But I have confirmed with our emergency operations center that operating a vacation rental for tourism is a violation of local and state shelter-in-place orders. I repeat: vacation rentals ARE NOT deemed an essential business. They ARE NOT exempt from local and state orders. They must close.
Please do not put our community at risk by continuing to operate vacation rentals. Please do not advertise and encourage out-of-area tourism, which increases our transmission risk as well as our population density, putting further strain on our local healthcare system. Out-of-area tourism is not consistent with sheltering in place. Vacationing in Sonoma County is not deemed an essential activity. (Visitors, we’d love to see you once this is over... but not right now.)
Finally, the lower Russian River and Coast were overwhelmed by visitors this weekend, many from out of the area. (Some people were not observing social distancing. Remember that song about the Grinch that goes, “I wouldn’t touch you with a 39-and-a-half foot pole?” Think like that, but with a 6-foot-pole.
I am working with Regional Parks and the Health Department to address these issues of over-concentration. We want to be able to keep our Parks open, but we need to do better than what we experienced today.
Take care, and please remember to practice social distancing when out in public.