North Lake Tahoe COVID-19 Update

September 18, 2020

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Both California and Nevada continue to move through phases of a gradual and thoughtful reopening process and currently, both sides of North Lake Tahoe are open for tourism-related travel.  However, there are restrictions in place that visitors need to be aware of.

California Side of North Lake Tahoe
On September 8th, the State of California moved Placer County into the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy into the Red Tier, further easing restrictions in the county.

Under the new tier, the following business will be allowed to open indoor operations with modifications and/or limitations.

  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Malls
  • Movie Theaters
  • Museums
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers & Dance Studios (including fitness centers within hotels)
  • Personal Care Services (nail and hair salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors)
  • Massage Therapy Studios
  • Places of Worship

The following business sectors are still operating on an outdoor only basis. 

  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Breweries, Brewpubs and Distilleries that serve food
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Cardrooms

Bars that do not serve sit down meals, are required to be temporarily closed whether indoors or outdoors.  

Find additional guidance on the state’s website HERE. These restrictions will remain in place until the state takes further action.

Nevada Side of North Lake Tahoe
Washoe County is currently within the Phase 2 Guidance of the State of Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, however on July 10th, Nevada Gov. Sisolak announced bars, pubs, taverns, distilleries, breweries, and wineries that don’t serve food in Washoe county must close to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the State, putting them in Phase 1.  Find information on the full directive HERE

The following business sectors are allowed to operate indoors with modifications and/or limitations.

  • Restaurants
  • Bars, Wineries, Pubs and Breweries
  • Retail
  • Malls
  • Casinos
  • Indoor Venues (Galleries, Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys & Arcades)
  • Outdoor Venues (Galleries, Zoos, Mini Golf, Amusement Parks, Climbing Walls)
  • Cannabis Dispensaries
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers
  • Personal Care Services (nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors)
  • Massage Therapy Studios
  • Places of Worship

There is also a statewide mandate that limits restaurants to limiting party size to 5 people.   

The North Lake Tahoe business community is excited to continue welcoming guests back to the region to experience the majestic Tahoe summers.  Each business sector — restaurants, lodging properties, retailers and activity providers — actively prepared to reopen, utilizing state, county and industry guidance to ensure the health and safety of residents and guests. They continue to demonstrate resilience and we are confident in their ability to safely welcome you back.

Upon your return, you’ll still recognize the tree-lined mountains and the crystal blue shorelines, but there will also be a few differences to be aware of.  So, to prepare you for the most seamless experience, we’ve put together a Know Before You Go Guide including all the tips and resources you’ll need.  

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. Check with individual states, counties, and businesses for the latest information regarding openings and modifications. 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.
  • Click here for our Know Before You Go Safe Travel Guide

Accept Personal Responsibility

Be a Responsible Traveler

  • Keep 6’ of physical distance                  
  • Wear a mask or face covering when in public – it’s required in CA and NV   
  • Have patience as businesses navigate this uncharted territory
  • Respect businesses’ requests
  • Leave no trace           

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