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COVID-19 Vacation Rental Information

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The Garrett County Commissioners moved into Stage One of the recovery plan as of 5 p.m. May 15, 2020. Stage One allowed low-risk businesses to reopen and implemented a "Safer at Home" public health advisory.
 

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NEWS SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO VACATION RENTALS:
As a part of Stage One, the Garrett County Health Officer has also rescinded the March 2020 order prohibiting the rental of transient vacation rentals. Therefore, all transient rentals in Garrett County will be reopened at that time.
 
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Transient rentals include properties rented by local management companies, services such as Air BnB, and private vacation rental homeowners.  
 
Like other small businesses that are able to reopen, the rentals must follow strict cleanliness processes and implement as many “no-touch” processes as possible. Specifically, the reopening of vacation rental units outlines the following:
 
Cleanliness:
Each unit must be cleaned with approved disinfecting cleaners. Special attention must be paid to the high touch and high traffic areas. Also, each unit must be cleaned to the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) housekeeping standards and protocol. Owners must allow increased time between check out and the next guest’s arrival for the cleaning practices.
 
Employee Practices:
Employees must be sufficiently trained on the enhanced cleaning protocol and use personal protective equipment.
 
Guest Practices:
Guests are asked to bring groceries, paper products, and cleaning supplies with them for the duration of their stay. Also, guests must practice social distancing, use face coverings when in public, and regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available. Guests are also advised to stay home if not feeling well. If symptoms present when staying at a vacation rental, please self-isolate and make the Garrett County Health Department aware of the situation.
 
Occupancy:
Groups are limited to no more than 10 and must utilize a remote check-in process.
Note that factors such as a sustained increase in hospital intensive care utilization and/or a community outbreak will determine if the reopening will be continued.
 
“We are moving from what I would call government-imposed restriction to personal responsibility,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “It is all of our responsibility now to protect our neighbors, our family, and our friends through things like social distancing, washing our hands, wearing face masks, and limiting our travel within the community.”