Grays Harbor County Commissioners are meeting in special session today, Commissioners Vickie Raines explained, “We’re meeting this afternoon to discuss rescinding the resolution we currently have in place that closes the county roads to the beach approaches.”

Raines said the county saw a considerable amount of traffic and vandalism over last weekend, “Particularly at the Moclips Beach approach and Roosevelt Beach where the barricades and signage had been moved from the roadway and state parks had indicated that there had been, again, driving on the beach.”

The beaches are still closed by the state, and cities like Westport and Ocean Shores barricaded their approaches last weekend but that seemed to push the determined beachgoers to the smaller (usually) quieter approaches.

The current closures affect Second Street in Moclips, Analyde Gap Road near Pacific Beach, Damon Road in Oyehut, Second Avenue in Ocean City, West Bonge Avenue, Grayland Beach Road, and Cranberry Beach Road near Twin Harbors State Park, and the Roosevelt Beach Access near Mocrocks.

Grays Harbor could start to see legal beach traffic in the coming weeks. Governor Inslee’s recovery plan has identified beaches and camping in phase 2 of the plan, and Raines told the Montesano City Council during their meeting last night, “We could move to phase 2 sometime next week.” Yesterday’s update from the county health department also said they have sufficient personal protective and testing equipment and enough staff trained to do case investigations.

Sheriff Rick Scott, Director of Emergency Management, told the commissioners yesterday that they “anticipate that we will be able to provide a recommendation for consideration of movement to phase 2 by the end of the week,” said Rick Scott. “Our goal is to have plans in place that will have Public Health, Emergency Management, and public safety sectors in a position to support and respond within the framework of a phase 2 community.”

The county has identified 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date and continues to operate a call center for covid-related questions and testing referals at (360) 964-1850, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4pm.