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Council Prohibits Short-Term Rental Lodging Until May 20 in COVID-19 Response
- May 12, 2020 - Council Allows Short Term Rentals with 3-Night Minimum
- May 12, 2020 - Emergency Ordinance 2020-003 & 2020-004
- May 12, 2020 - REVISED FAQ - Related to Short Term Lodging and COVID -19
- April 6, 2020 - Click Here for IMPORTANT SHORT TERM LODGING UPDATE
Citing increased risk for COVID-19 exposure, the City Council has prohibited short-term lodging rentals until May 20 or for the duration of the City’s local emergency.
The City’s 1,536 permitted short-term rental housing units tend to be clustered in high-density areas, predominately near the beaches and Newport Harbor. Council members said the ban will help reduce the high turnover in short-term rentals that may increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.
The temporary restriction will go into effect immediately and stay in place until May 20, or sooner if the City’s local emergency is lifted. Renters now occupying short-term lodging will be allowed to remain for the duration of their rental agreements.
Violations will result in a fine of $1,000 for a first violation, a 1-year permit suspension for a second violation, and revocation upon a third violation.
Medical personnel and emergency workers responding to the crisis will be exempt.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected globally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The City of Newport Beach is working with federal, state, and local partners including the CDC, the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will share more as we are updated from our colleagues at the local, state and/or federal level.
- The Governor of California enacted an Executive Order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs
- It is imperative for everyone to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others when performing essential need activities outside of your homes.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to limit spreading the infection.
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