Hocking Co. Health Commissioner Orders all Cabins, Lodges Closed

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HOCKING COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) — Cabin and lodge rentals in the the county that hosts Hocking Hills State Park will be closed as a precaution to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hocking County Health Commissioner Dr. Douglas S. Fisher ordered all cabin and lodge rentals closed as of Monday night for public health reasons.

This applies to all transient rentals in the county, regardless of number of bedrooms, and goes into effect at midnight.

Douglas said in a press release that this measure is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Sunday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton announced a stay at home order to all Ohioans.

Douglas said cabins and lodges are not an essential service, and that providing rental spaces encourages leisure travel, which is also not essential.

Violation of this order could result in a second-degree misdemeanor charge.