COVID-19 Update Regarding Ohio Stay-at-Home Order

APRIL 2, 2020 UPDATE: Ohio has extended the stay-at-home order and Carefree Cabins remains CLOSED through the duration of the order at the direction of our Hocking County Health Department. ODNR has also closed Hocking Hills State Park during the shutdown order in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Details of the Directors order can be found here.


MARCH 23, 2020 UPDATE: Apologies for the constant changes, but this is a rapidly changing and evolving situation. As of this morning (Monday), the Hocking County Health Commissioner, Douglas Fisher, has issued an order for ALL transient rental cabins in the county to be shut down for the duration of the Ohio stay-at-home order. No new check-ins are allowed until the order has been lifted.¬†However, he also clarified, “If folks have already checked in, we will allow them to complete their stay. Current guests may stay through the end of their reservation.” We already blocked all remaining available dates through April 6th, but we continue to accept new reservations for arrival dates from April 7th and beyond. We stand ready to modify this plan on a moments notice as the situation develops further.


MARCH 22, 2020: As you are probably aware, the State of Ohio issued a “Stay at Home” order on Sunday, March 22nd which goes into effect Monday night, March 23rd, at 11:59pm. The order can be viewed at the following website:  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/directors-order-to-stay-at-home, and here is a direct link to the PDF file.

One of the owners of HockingHills.com contacted the Hocking County Sheriff’s department with questions, and was directed to contact the Ohio COVID-19 hotline at 833-427-5634. He called the hotline and specifically asked if it is permissible for travelers to drive to the Hocking Hills region to stay in a cabin or lodge and engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, exploring, purchasing carry-out food, and other activities deemed as “essential” by the Ohio order. The hotline confirmed those are all encouraged and permissible activities. However, they did state they do not want to see any groups of 10 or more as that would be considered improper social distancing practice.

Here are a few excerpts from the Ohio Stay-at-Home order that are pertinent to activities in the Hocking Hills region:

From Section 1:  For purposes of this Order, homes or residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units, shelters, and similar facilities.

From Section 5: Leaving the home for Essential Activities is permitted. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities: c) For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, public playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed.

As you are aware, this is a rapidly changing situation. We at Carefree Cabins will do everything we can to stay on top of new information coming out and keep you informed.

Our primary concern is the health & safety of not only YOU our guest, but also our staff members and ourselves. If you have any concerns at all, or are experiencing symptoms and suspect you might be infected, we encourage you to stay home and consider re-scheduling your stay for a later date. We are happy to work with any of our guests to reschedule for a later date with no penalty or loss of money already spent.

We also ask that you read our blog post about what Carefree Cabins is doing to protect the health & safety of our guests.

Contact us anytime with questions, comments or concerns!

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