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Healthy Travel Information

Updated April 8, 2020

The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, representing California and Nevada on the South Shore, is encouraging visitors to stay home and reschedule non-essential travel for a later date when health officials determine it’s safe.

“This is something I thought I’d never have to say throughout my tourism career, but please stay home at this time,” said Carol Chaplin, CEO and president of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “The safety of our visitors and locals alike is of utmost importance, and in order to combat this pandemic we all need to do our part so we can enjoy the destination we love sooner. Once it is deemed safe by the health experts, we can welcome you with open arms and will be joining you. The mountain town you love needs you to love it from a safe distance. Stay home, stay healthy and we’ll see you when it’s safe to travel again.

The City of South Lake Tahoe issued an emergency order on March 19 giving the City power to issue citations for people violating Governor Newsom's stay at home’ order, details: https://www.cityofslt.us/1075/COVID-19. California Gov. Newsome announced a statewide shelter-in-place order; Californians can go out for essential errands such as medical appointments, grocery shopping or to do critical jobs, but are otherwise advised to stay away from others. Details: www.gov.ca.gov. On March 17, 2020, Nevada Gov. Sisolak announced closures of all non-essential businesses/services including casinos, gyms, beauty salons, bars/wineries that do not include meals provided by a full kitchen must close for 30 days. For details from the State of Nevada visit: Risk Mitigation Initiatives.

Dr. Nancy Williams, the Health Officer in El Dorado County, issued a “no-travel” order on Friday, April 3 to reduce the number of non-full-time residents in the Lake Tahoe basin. “It’s time to take this very strong message to those who are not already residing in South Lake Tahoe: if you have no essential function and you are here, please go home; if you have no essential function and you are not here, please stay home,” Williams wrote.

Within the last several weeks businesses surrounding South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Stateline, Nev., have been making the difficult but necessary decisions of canceling/rescheduling special events, fundraisers, meetings/conventions and gatherings. In addition, numerous hotels, all Stateline casinos, bars, wineries, ski resorts, restaurants (excluding take out services), are closed anywhere from two to four weeks, through the end of April, or until further notice.

While Lake Tahoe’s natural geography makes social distancing possible with its many outdoor activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trails, bike paths, beaches, etc., the impact of visitors on a small community would quickly overwhelm existing resources and risk lives with the limited capacity of health facilities.

We are working closely with the El Dorado County Public Health Department, Douglas County Public Health Department, Barton Memorial Hospital, Visit California, Travel Nevada, and the City of South Lake Tahoe to gather and share the latest developments regarding the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and its potential impacts on travel to Lake Tahoe Basin. Resources are included below.

Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC:

  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department

RESOURCES

Local Public Health Departments

 

Barton Memorial Hospital: https://www.bartonhealth.org/tahoe/coronavirus-update.aspx
Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999

California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health provides recent information and news about coronavirus:

 

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak:

 

CDC Travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

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