OR - Tillamook County Tourism Businesses Continue Helping N. Oregon Coast Locals
With the coronavirus pandemic grinding the Oregon coast tourism industry to a halt, in Tillamook County alone it’s estimated that 2,350 employees have lost their jobs. Hotels have shuttered, most restaurants sit idle (except for those doing takeout), and charter boat companies have empty boats and coffers. Even retail businesses are closed unless they’ve found some online aspect for revenue.
In spite of it all, tourism businesses on this part of the north Oregon coast continue to serve their communities in generous ways. The area’s travel promotions entity Tillamook Coast took note of their sacrifices and hardships recently, saying there has been an outpouring of support coming from many in the county that includes some of the state's favorite destinations such as Pacific City, Oceanside, Tillamook, Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach and Manzanita.
Tillamook Coast executive director Nan Devlin provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the varied ways local businesses are helping.
Devlin said in north county, Manzanita grocery stores Little Apple and Fresh Foods, both reliant on visitor spending, have a donation fund for those having difficulty buying groceries for their families. Cloud & Leaf bookstore started a gift certificate program to distribute books to local families.
In central county, Fish