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Lincoln City, Oregon, allowed its lodging industry to reopen on June 1.

PNW - Tourist Lodgings Reopening Along Oregon And Washington Shores

Fresh salt air and a good night’s sleep to the sound of lapping waves might be just what the doctor ordered for Pacific Northwesterners left frazzled by current events. A getaway to the seashore is back in the realm of possibility as many coastal Oregon and Washington towns relax closure orders on tourist lodgings and vacation rentals.

There are a few holdout places along the Pacific Coast that are staying closed to visitors until further notice, along with considerable wariness about reintroducing a virus that has largely spared coastal counties up to now.

Back in March, a succession of coastal Northwest counties and cities ordered tourist lodgings and campgrounds to close, or restricted reservations to essential workers to limit the spread of coronavirus from urban areas.

A soft reopening began in mid-May when the major tourist destinations of Ocean Shores, Washington, and Newport, Oregon, gave hotel operators and vacation rentals permission to reopen with conditions. Pacific County, Washington, which includes Long Beach soon followed suit. Seaside and Cannon Beach took similar steps on May 26. And on Monday, lodgings in Lincoln City had the green light to reopen.

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