Mammoth Lakes’ Town Council declared a local health emergency at its Wednesday meeting, allowing the City Manager the power to take quick action in the face of the coronavirus.

In addition to the list of restrictions approved Tuesday by the Mono County Board of Directors, the town had directed all hotels, motels and short-term rentals to close. However, according to a daily briefing received late Thursday, the hotel closure is “on hold for further refinement.”

At this point, Dan Holler, Mammoth’s city manager, told the Board “we’re working to support our workforce.”

Information on Eastern Sierra governing bodies’ measures on dealing with virus is coming in at a staggering rate. At this point, the best sources on actions taken or recommended are the Mammoth Lakes or Mono County websites.

The most recent communication from Mammoth Hospital cites a shortage of test kits and recommends those who are not seriously ill to stay at home under self-quarantine. The press release states access to hospital and clinic buildings will be limited to patients and one adult care support person. The hospital plans to have “greeters at all entrances” who will determine if you can “enter the facility or be assessed by Emergency Department personnel.”

With Mammoth and June mountains closed to skiers, JetSuite cancellation of flights, and the impending restrictions on businesses, the Town will focus on taking care of local residents. As one resident commented, Mammoth has been concentrating on how to bring more people to town; now it has to keep people from coming.

United will stop flights from Denver and San Francisco, but will continue from Los Angeles for now. Mammoth Lakes Tourism “is working to get it shut down sooner.”

In response to a discussion on housing for Mammoth Mountain employees previously in company housing, Holler very accurately described all the issues involved with coronavirus: “it’s a sticky moving target.” The sticky moving target connected to the discussion focused on the possibility of evictions of locals who have lost their jobs due to the massive shutdowns and whether the Town could, basically, outlaw such evictions.

One suggestion was only allowing lodging for primary residents or essential visitors.

Holler ended the discussion with one ray of hope: “I hope we have access to federal monies.”

One last website: The Small Business Administration is the resource for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Go to




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  1. Deb August 12, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

    And visitors fishing or campgou d never clean up their trash. It’s disappointing to see all the fishing line, broken fishing items, beer cans, cig butts. When will this end!

  2. Corona Boy April 7, 2020 at 11:53 am #

    Well said Mr. David Dennison.

  3. David Dennison March 21, 2020 at 11:51 am #

    Daniel Jones….Take a poll of people living up here and see if they want or “need” thousands of visitors to the area at this time,if things continue or get worse than they are now..if what your saying was true,people would’ve been pushing for the ski season and resorts to continue and operate,due the the all-mighty dollar and visitor income it brings..and that ski season brings MUCH more income to our areas than the Trout season does..and it’s not me “spreading fear and negativity”,as you state..have you turned on the news lately,the California Governor and city Mayors and officials more or less telling and stating for people to stay home and wait this out without maybe spreading to others ?…or do you feel the exception to that is people with money to spend O.K. to go where they want and do as they please ?.On another post,I stated something I read that I found kind of disturbing,an L.A. family planning to “fish on” and saying if they flash enough cash at the motels,restaurants and camp hosts,they,needing the money,would open up their doors,campgrounds and their business’ to them,even though they’re instructed not to ..not that they would,but that’s the mind-set of many coming up here,doing as they please as long as they have the cash in hand to circumvent the far,Inyo and Mono Counties have ZERO,maybe one,positive test for coronavirus….that’s the way we want to keep it..

  4. David Dennison March 21, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    Snow White…….so far….and that’s the way we living in Inyo and Mono Counties want to keep up,hoping they postpone the Trout opener unless things get a whole lot better between now and then…last thing we need up here now is that 20,000 people exodus from SoCal lining the streets of our towns and shores of our lakes ..

  5. Snow white March 20, 2020 at 11:24 pm #

    All of this mess for how many cases of covid in mammoth??

  6. trout junky March 20, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

    “I hope we have access to federal monies.”..


  7. Rebecca March 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

    I worked for a rental company in Mammoth and we had back to backs today so not really sure how this civic duty of quarantining is working out.


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