Please Issue A Moratorium On Short Term Rentals in Truckee, CA During COVID-19

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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique difficulty in small mountain towns across the nation.  During this pandemic, visitors have flocked to areas like Bishop, CA, Eagle County, CO, Moab, CA, and our hometown area of Truckee, CA / North Lake Tahoe in an attempt to spend their self isolation in a resort area rather than shelter in place at their primary residence.  

On March 17, 2020, Truckee.com stated that "While the Truckee community is reeling from business impacts due to COVID-19, we extend our deepest thoughts to our beloved visitors who have supported our tourism economy. With immense compassion for everyone’s wish to be in the fresh mountain air, now is NOT the time to visit Truckee.

Truckee’s healthcare system is excellent but limited. The consequences of COVID-19 for our small town would be devastating. Our first positive case was reported yesterday and is under self-quarantine."

On March 19, 2020, Placer County Department of Public Health issued  a Directive stating "The intent of this Directive is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Placer County by having people shelter in place (another way of saying stay home) at their
residence, while enabling essential services to continue. When people need to
leave their place of residence to obtain or perform vital services or to conduct
activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should
maintain a distance of six feet from other persons. Failure to comply with the
provisions of this Directive constitutes a threat to public health."

On March 19, 2020, Gavin Newsom, Governor of the state of California, issued an Executive Order stating "To protect public health, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living
in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence
except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal
critical infrastructure sectors."

The City of Moab, Utah addressed the massive influx of visitors during the pandemic by issuing a Public Health Order March 17, 2020 stating that "all overnight and short-term lodging facilities (including but not limited to hotels, motels, condos, townhomes, guest homes, RV parks, and all camping on public or private lands) within Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties may only check-in, rent, or lease to Essential Visitors and Primary Residents."  Please enact and enforce a similar measure to protect us.

Please protect our community by issuing a temporary moratorium on overnight and short term rentals other than to Essential Visitors and Primary Residents to protect our community and limited medical resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To sign the sister petition for North Lake Tahoe, please visit https://www.change.org/p/placer-county-board-of-supervisors-issue-a-temporary-ban-on-short-term-rentals-in-eastern-placer-county