Calaveras County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita issued a news release Thursday announcing restrictions placed on short-term lodging facilities under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 19 “stay-at-home” executive order aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds and other rental units for short-term stays in the county can only continue to operate for the limited purposes of isolating or quarantining displaced people, such as the homeless, or to house workers who are essential in maintaining critical infrastructure.

Kelaita ordered that such facilities “may not continue to operate for any other purposes.”

If there is a question over whether the use of such facilities falls under one of the exemptions, the lodging provider must get a written determination from the county health officer or the county Office of Emergency Services.

The provider may also obtain a determination orally from either of the entities if it’s not possible to get one in writing by documenting the name of the authorizing person and agency, as well as the date and time the authorization was granted.


Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 768-5175.


Recommended for you