The governor of California recently put the state on lockdown, issuing a ‘stay-at-home-order,’ in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the Mono County Public Health Officer has issued an order limiting the use of all short-term rentals to specific purposes consistent with the governor’s order.
Mono County is located in the Sierra Mountain of California and is home to world-class ski resort Mammoth Mountain. It’s also a popular recreation destination frequented by outdoor enthusiasts. Mono County’s public health department said in a press release on March 21, 2020:
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a looming threat to the health and safety of the people of Mono County and Town of Mammoth Lakes. At this time, the Mono County Public Health Officer has issued an order limiting the use of all short-term rentals to specific purposes consistent with the Governor’s “Stay At Home” order. This action is consistent with efforts across the United States and California. Our response efforts seek to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and decrease the overall impact on physical, emotional and mental impact on individuals, families, healthcare workers, all of which place strains on medical facilities and the local economy.
Following Mono County’s decision to restrict rental properties, Truckee, California has raised a petition to also restrict short-term rentals which can be found here. Moab, Utah is another outdoor recreation playground that has already restricted rentals as well. All of these locations have limited healthcare resources and are preparing ahead for major strains on their already limited hospitals due to influxes of COVID-19 cases.