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Healthy Travel Information

Updated October 30, 2020

Due to dangerous wildfire conditions, emergency camping restrictions have been extended through the end of November. Camping and overnighting is prohibited in all wilderness and backcountry areas including Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Blackwood Canyon, Luther Pass, and Watson Lake campgrounds and along the Tahoe Rim Trail. Hosted campgrounds reopened, Oct. 2, but keep in mind no campfires or charcoal are permitted. More information.

Due to continued public health safety concerns related to COVID-19, trail improvement work, the risk of bear-human encounters and in order to discourage large groups from gathering, the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) has issued a Forest Order that temporarily closes Taylor Creek and the surrounding area from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2, 2020. More information.

El Dorado County moves to less restrictive "Orange Tier" on Sept. 22 under state COVID-19 framework: www.cityofslt.us. “Moving to the Orange tier should not be seen as a green light to stop wearing a face covering, keeping at least six feet from others, minimizing mixing with non-household members, and washing your hands regularly,” said Dr. Nancy Williams, Placerville, CA- El Dorado County’s Public Health Officer. “It’s critical, with this positive move forward, to continue to exercise our personal responsibility to ensure we keep our case level and test positivity rate low.” More information.

What is open in El Dorado County - The Orange Tier Graphic

National Forest trails, trailheads, beaches, and interpretive areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin re-opened for day-use only, Sep. 19, 2020.

South Lake Tahoe Air Quality

The City of South Lake Tahoe is enforcing the statewide mask mandate. Fines of up to $500 for businesses and up to $100 for people failing to wear a mask in public. More information

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.


Some exceptions:

  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence
  • Full details of situations: https://abc7news.com/


Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has announced a new state mandate requiring individuals to wear a facial covering or mask while in public.

The directive also exempts some categories of individuals from the requirements, including:

  • Children under the age of 9
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Anyone who cannot wear a face covering or mask due to a medical condition or disability, or cannot remove a mask without assistance. Individuals are instead encouraged to wear alternatives, such as face shields, but won’t be required to “provide documentation verifying their condition.”
  • Anyone who is incarcerated
  • Individuals for whom “wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work”
  • Anyone who obtains a service that would require removal of the mask to access their face or nose
    Individuals at a restaurant or other establishment to eat or drink, provided they are at least six feet away from other patrons
  • Anyone engaged in outdoor work or recreational activities, such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running


  • Leisure travel is now allowed in both Stateline, Nev., and South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 
  • The majority of lodging properties are open throughout South Shore with new protocols and procedures in place. It is recommended to understand those policies prior to arrival and plan accordingly. Please contact accommodations directly for information and availability.
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  • In Stateline, NV, onsite indoor dining, with 50 percent maximum seating capacity, tables, or customers seated a minimum of 6 feet apart, are open. Bar tops and bar areas remained closed, but bar beverages may be served at tables. Customers waiting to dine must wait outside and maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance. Many establishments may require advance reservations.
  • In South Lake Tahoe, Calif., indoor dining is open with modifications (Max 50% capacity, more information). Outdoor dining with distancing, to-go, delivery, and curbside service is open. Bars, breweries, and distilleries may operate outdoors only with modifications. Breweries, distilleries, and wineries not licensed to serve food may offer curbside delivery or home delivery.

Tahoe Recreation Areas Update

  • The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit announced Thursday that it is closing Taylor Creek and the surrounding area from Oct. 3 through Nov. 2 due to trail work, the risk of human-bear encounters and the safety of all visitors since social distancing would be difficult. More information.
  • Click HERE to view a complete list of recreation closures and operational modifications.
  • Regional Emergency Closures - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort is closed for summer operations. This includes the Heavenly Gondola and Tamarack Express Chairlift*, and Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster.
  • All California and Nevada State Parks are open to day-use only (includes parking and restrooms).  
  • Van Sickle Bi-State Park is open. Status
  • Forest Service trailheads, beaches are open. Forest Service Recreation Sites Status Map 
  • Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, and other backcountry areas are open for day use.
  • California State Parks campgrounds are open. No wood or briquet fires allowed in their sites. Propane cooking is allowed. More information. 
  • Camp Richardson Marina, the beach, Beacon Bar & Grill, General Store, and Mountain Sports are open. Camp Richardson Resort is temporarily closed. facebook.com/CampRichardson.
  • Round Hill Pines Beach Resort is open. facebook.com/roundhillpines
  • Zephyr Cove Resort is open. www.zephyrcove.com
  • All fire agencies around the Lake Tahoe Basin have banned all open burning utilizing wood and charcoal at homes, parks, beaches, and all campgrounds.
  • If there is a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service, all sources of outdoor open flame would be prohibited in Lake Tahoe, including all outdoor propane (LPG) and Natural Gas-fired appliances, and portable camp stoves. More information
  • Forest Service Camping and Campfire Restrictions
  • Sand Harbor - Open from 8 a.m. to 1 hour after sunset. Boat launch hours 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Cave Rock - Open sunrise to sunset. Boat launch hours 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Spooner Lake - Open sunrise to sunset.
  • Spooner Backcountry - Open, including Marlette Peak and Hobart backcountry campgrounds (no motorized access.) However, a portion of the Flume Trail near the northwest side of Marlette Lake is closed at the USFS boundary and the Tahoe Rim Trail at Spooner Summit is closed.

Tips/Best Practices:



Local Public Health Departments

Barton Memorial Hospital: Information; Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control & Prevention: 

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