Healthy Travel Information
Updated May 31, 2020
As we move through the phases of re-opening we will update this page with the latest information for healthy travel to our destination.
The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, representing California and Nevada on the South Shore, thanks our visitors for loving Tahoe from a distance during these unprecedented times. Tahoe South frequently asked questions, FAQ page.
- Non-essential travel into the Lake Tahoe Basin area of El Dorado County is still restricted by order of the Governor of State of California PDF.
- City of South Lake Tahoe Press Release
- El Dorado County has received approval from Gov. Newsom to move fully into Stage 2 reopening. The businesses and industries that may open in El Dorado County immediately upon having implemented their safety plans include (links to the State guidelines):
- Barbershops and Hair Salons
- Dine-in restaurants
- Limited services (laundromats, dry cleaners, other laundry services, auto repair shops, car washes, landscapers, pet grooming, and dog walking)
- Outdoor museums
- Shopping centers & all in-store retail
- All office-based workplaces
- All manufacturing industries supporting retail
- All logistics industries supporting retail
Lodging for hospitality and leisure is currently prohibited in California under Gov. Newsom’s Phase 2.
- Stateline casinos are beginning to open, both Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe are scheduled to open Thursday, June 4. Harveys Lake Tahoe will reopen at a later date.
- May 26 Press Release regarding phase 2 reopening
- Road map to recovery business opening chart
- Be Safe, Respectful While Enjoying the Outdoors
Gov. Sisolak has approved for Nevada to implement Phase 2 re-opening with guidelines.
In Phase 2, these businesses are opening, with additional restrictions:
- Bars not serving food
- Aesthetic service establishments
- Spas and massage therapy
- Body art and piercing establishments
- Gyms, fitness facilities
- Recreational areas and pools
- Movie theaters, bowling centers, arcades
In Phase 1, these businesses are opening, with additional restrictions:
- Onsite dining, with 50 percent maximum seating capacity, tables, or customers seated a minimum of 6 feet apart, 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.
- Breweries, distilleries, and wineries not licensed to serve food may offer curbside delivery or home delivery.
- Outdoor recreation such as golf courses, tennis courts, and pickleball courts.
- Nevada state parks are open for public day use. Park rangers and staff shall develop and implement park access control measures to proactively prevent overcrowding.
Limited lodging is available for hospitality and leisure.
Gaming is closed during Phase 1.
Tahoe Recreation Areas Update
- Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, and other backcountry areas are open for day use.
- Van Sickle Bi-State Park
- All California and Nevada State Parks are open to day-use only (includes parking and restrooms).
- California State Parks campgrounds remain closed. Campgrounds are being prepped to open when orders are received from the state. All campground reservations have been canceled through June 21.
- Most Forest Service sites and trailheads are open or will open late May. Sites are open for day use only. (A few sites like Nevada Beach still need water testing prior to opening.) Many gates remain closed allowing walk-ins only. All campgrounds are closed. Unknown opening of campgrounds.
- Camp Richardson is open to day use with services at the Beacon Bar and Grill, General Store, Ice Cream Parlor, and Mountain Sports. (See full details and new procedures at https://www.facebook.com/
- Round Hill Pines Beach Resort is open to day use with services at the outdoor restaurant and beach bar, no marina rentals. (See full details and new procedures at https://www.facebook.com/
- There are no set opening dates for Forest Service campgrounds in the Tahoe Basin. Likely opening after July 4.
- California Tahoe Conservancy sites are open with restrooms or porta-potties.
- What is open in Tahoe
USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has lifted the closure on South Shore recreation sites, but not all sites and gates are open, and restrooms and trash service are unavailable. Please follow all Leave No Trace recommendations and Pack it in and Out if using these sites. Also, follow all road parking guidelines and restrictions. For the latest updates check the USFS social media pages, https://www.facebook.com/LakeTahoeUSFS/
For the latest information please check each site’s web page before heading out.
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
- Tahoe South Press Release
- City of South Lake Tahoe Press Release
- South Tahoe Now
- Tahoe Daily Tribune
Local Public Health Departments
- El Dorado County Health Department
- 530-573-3154 – Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- 1-800-901-5789 – After hours & weekends
- Douglas County Health Department
- 775-283-7536 –Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- 775-887-2190, option 7 – After hours & weekends
- Visit Get Healthy Carson City for the most current information and further updates
- Douglas County has created a Community Resource Page. https://www.douglascountynv.
gov/government/departments/ emergency_management/ community_resources_due_to_c_ o_v_i_d-19
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: