HR County Closes Forest To Recreation; Stops Transient Lodging

The Hood River County Commission approved a resolution to close County forestlands to recreation and all transient lodging facilities during a special meeting on Thursday.  Commissioners made the move after seeing numbers of out-of-town visitors using forest trails in recent weekends, making it difficult to maintain social distancing protocols.  Many of the commissioners commented during a Wednesday worksession they were concerned the problem would grow with improved weather.  Signs announcing the closure will be put up around the forest, and gates that have already been closed will remain that way.  There will also be notifications at various access points.  The transient lodging closure mirrors a similar move made by the City of Hood River one week ago.  It does include some exceptions, most notably currently registered guests for a term of longer than 30 consecutive days.  There was some discussion of requiring golf courses to close, but the Commission decided that was not necessary, citing Indian Creek Golf Course’s strict social distancing measures it has in place, and the Governor’s order did not call for golf course’s to close.

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