Have Patience With Phase 1 Re-Opening

As you might know by now, it was announced that Manzanita’s county, Tillamook County, has been approved by the governor’s office for Phase 1 re-opening.

It would appear that we are slowly moving back into a semblance of doing business. However, there’s still a very long road to travel before we can return to what many of us remember as “normal.” We take comfort in the fact that there is finally forward motion.

That being said, we are also nervous and unsure of what the next few weeks will bring. We just don’t know, but our communities are cautiously working on getting up and running while simultaneously remaining thoughtful, measured, and diligent to our residents and our visitors. It’s a lot of uncharted territory to explore, and a lot of questions for which we don’t yet have answers. We do know that we want to get this right the first time so we don’t have to face another shut-down in the future.

So, for now, we will take things slow and we ask for your patience as we feel our way through this. Whether you live in our area full time, own a second home, or just visit from time-to-time, please understand that Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler are not the same as you might remember and won’t be for awhile. Things will move slower, lines will be longer. State Parks remain closed indefinitely. Shops may require you to wear a face mask to enter and restrict the number of customers at one time. A few restaurants will start opening for sit-down dining but will have very limited space and require reservations ahead of time. Most local lodging will not open until May 29th, and some not until Phase 2. We recommend that you always call your favorite local business or the Visitors Center to check on individual merchant guidelines before visiting.

We certainly appreciate everyone that has supported and encouraged us through this unprecedented situation.

We have all been navigating a very strange and difficult moment in history.

And most of all, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and kindness as we carefully move forward.

Questions? You can contact Dan Haag at the Manzanita Visitors Center at info@exploremanzanita.com or (503).812.5510

(Photo credit: Jim Gest)