North Lake Tahoe COVID-19 Update
June 14, 2021
The character of North Lake Tahoe is enhanced by the fact that the region spans both California and Nevada. However, in a time like this, that lends to some extra challenges for our region. Both states (and a number of counties) have been diligently working through the stages of the pandemic. There are slight differences in guidance between the two states that visitors should be aware of.
California Side of North Lake Tahoe
On Tuesday, June 15, California officially reopened after over a year of restrictions and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The color-coded tier system, California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, came to an end and instead the state is using federal health guidance for public places.
The California mask mandate after June 15th is that those fully vaccinated are allowed to do almost everything they did pre-pandemic without wearing a mask. Those not vaccinated are still required to wear a mask in “indoor public settings.” That includes grocery stores, shops, restaurants, movie theaters and other indoor businesses. However, it’s important to note that businesses still have the option to require everyone to wear a mask inside their property, so visitors need to abide by the business rules.
Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test results will be required for all indoor mega events and strongly recommended for all outdoor mega events. Mega events are defined as 5,000 people indoors and 10,000 people outdoors.
Nevada Side of North Lake Tahoe
On May 1st, Nevada announced county specific plans including one for Washoe County. This essentially lifted all occupancy limits. Then, on May 13th, Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada would be following the latest recommendations on masking from the CDC.
A few nuances are that max group size for ticketed groups and tables at restaurants has increased to 10. Self-service buffets will remain closed and there could be modifications for events with over 500 attendees depending on their Preparedness & Safety Plan.
In addition, public transportation services will still require masks to adhere to federal guidelines.
“Know Before You Go” has become the mantra and best practice adopted by businesses large and small in North Lake Tahoe. As the region responds to ever-changing protocols required by local, state and federal health officials, guests are encouraged to review the region’s Know Before You Go guide and check directly with resorts, businesses and lodging properties before visiting to understand current procedures as they are subject to change.
And in this new landscape of life, being a responsible traveler is now, more than ever, a must. To us, a responsible traveler is aware of the effects that travel has on destinations and cultures – both positive and negative. So, before embarking on any adventures, we ask you to join us in preparing yourself and embrace the mindset of responsible travel. Not only do we need to think about our footprint when traveling, but we now also need to put safety and compassion at the forefront. Please take our Traveler Responsibility Pledge prior to visiting the region and check out a recent blog with lots of actionable suggestions on how you can incorporate sustainable practices into your next visit. Below are some tips we hope you’ll consider. Small changes can make a world of difference.
Know Before You Go
- Be well informed of potential risks and prepare yourself
- Read regional resources to find out state and county specific restrictions
- Check in with businesses in advance to learn about current modifications and/or closures
- Consider visiting mid-week when there are less people in the region.
Accept Personal Responsibility
- Don’t travel if you’re sick
- Fully weigh the implications of being away from home right now
- Keep 6’ of physical distance where necessary
- Wear a mask or face covering when required by a business
- Have patience as businesses navigate this uncharted territory
- Respect businesses’ requests
- Leave no trace
Visit our friends at TakeCareTahoe.org for additional regional resources and check out the links below.
- State of California Information
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Resilience Roadmap https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/
- Placer County Reopening Requirements: https://www.placer.ca.gov/6582/Business-Checklists
- California State Parks: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30350
- State of Nevada Information
- Nevada Travelers & Visitors Information https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/info/travelers-visitors/
- Washoe County COVID Information: https://www.washoecounty.us/health/programs-and-services/communicable-diseases-and-epidemiology/educational_materials/COVID-19.php/
- Nevada State Parks: http://parks.nv.gov/about/public-notices
- Tahoe National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/home/?cid=fseprd725833
- Truckee Information
- Town of Truckee COVID Update Page for Travelers https://www.truckee.com/covid-19-updates/
- South Lake Tahoe Information
- Tahoe South COVID Healthy Travel Information Page https://tahoesouth.com/healthy-travel-information/
- CDC Information
- General Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
- Liz Bowling
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