Local Businesses Start To Re-Open

Humboldt County, along with the rest of California, is slowly beginning to open up after the Shelter in Place order shut down all but the most essential businesses.  Governor Newsom has outlined a four-phase plan to reopen the state; our own county health officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, is implementing that plan with optimistic caution for our community.  At this writing many of our local retail stores have re-opened.  Most restaurants are open for curbside, to-go orders, with some now offering restricted dine-in services.  Hotels, motels and campgrounds are currently closed to all but local Humboldt County residents and essential workers working in/traveling through Humboldt County.  Some RV parks are accepting fully self-contained RVs; keep in mind that many of the public facilities (bathrooms, showers, laundry, etc.) at these areas remain closed.  Patrons of these businesses should be prepared to wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, and use hand-sanitizer or wear gloves. Stay safe So Hum!!

Helpful links:

For a categorized listing of open businesses in Humboldt County: www.humboldtgov.org/2770/Certified-Business-Lists

Current local health orders: www.humboldtgov.org/2725/Local-Orders

Up-to-date County news bulletins: www.humboldtgov.org/2703/Related-News

Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce: email: chamber@garberville.org or call (707) 923-2613

June is #GreatOutdoorsMonth

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is kicking off their Great Outdoors campaign.  Right here in Humboldt County you can enjoy some amazing adventures in our own backyard including the Lost Coast Headlands, Headwaters Forest Reserve and the Paradise Royale Loop.  One of the Top 20 Mountain Biking opportunities on BLM land in the United States, the Paradise Royale Loop is located in the King Range Conservation Area.  This approximately 12-mile loop of single-track fun is designed to be ridden clockwise (north) in order to enjoy all the features of the trail.  This physically demanding trail provides a fun challenge for intermediate to advanced riders.  You’ll want to save some energy for the Bike Terrain Park at Tolkan Campground.  We strongly encourage you to contact the BLM office in Whitethorn at (707) 986-5400 to confirm that trails are open.  Campgrounds in the area are not yet open due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Check out their website for more information www.blm.gov/visit and for information about COVID-19 restrictions check out www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/california/king-range-national-conservation-area

Fourth of July Fireworks Show Cancelled

Like many community events in this unprecedented year, the annual 4th of July fireworks show in Benbow has been cancelled. The State and County protocols due to COVID-19, uncertainty about the ability to gather as a community on the 4th, and a lack of fundraising opportunities led to this decision.  We are very saddened. However, Soroptimists International of the Redwoods will have their “safe and sane” fireworks available for sale starting June 30 and continue through July 4.  Their kiosk will be open from 11am – 6pm each day and is located in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 875 Redwood Drive, Garberville.