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Whitefish prohibits non-essential reservations in motels, rentals

City of Whitefish
Posted at 2:20 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 15:07:41-04

WHITEFISH — A special session of the Whitefish City Council was called for Sunday to discuss an emergency ordinance due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld has called for a remote special session to hold a public hearing to discuss prohibiting motels, hotels, short-term rentals, and other lodging facilities from accepting reservations for non-essential purposes through April 30, 2020.

Mayor Muhlfeld said the Whitefish City Council unanimously voted to prohibit motels, hotels, short-term rentals and other lodging facilities from accepting reservations for non-essential purposes until April 30.

The ordinance is effective immediately. The City Manager is authorized to extend the April 30, 2020 deadline in accordance with federal state, and local guidance.

Violation of this ordinance may result in revocation of the business license issued by the City of Whitefish.Mayor Muhlfeld said this is a step to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Read the full letter here.