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Updated January 13, 2021

Our destination spans both California and Nevada. As we navigate the challenges of a pandemic it is important for visitors to be aware of the different restrictions and requirements between the two states and counties.

Currently, the Nevada side of Tahoe South is open to travelers with COVID precautions in place. For more information go to Nevada Updates.

Starting Friday, Dec. 11, the California side of Tahoe South will be under a state-mandated Regional Stay Home Order. For more information go to California Updates.

Tahoe South Ski Resorts are currently open. For more information go to Ski Resort Updates.

Nevada Updates

On Nov. 24, Governor Sisolak’s increased restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 went into effect, and will last through Jan. 15 and will then be re-evaluated. Find information on the full directive video HERE.

Nevada’s state mask mandate requires individuals to wear a facial covering or mask while in public.


  • Lodging properties are open on the Nevada side of Tahoe South 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.
  • Tahoe South Deals and Lodging.


  • In Stateline, NV, onsite indoor dining, with 25 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. Party size at restaurants is limited to 4 people.

Additional modifications include:

  • Retail – max 50% capacity indoors
  • Casinos (including bar tops) – max 25% capacity indoors
  • Indoor Venues (Galleries, Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys & Arcades) – max 25% capacity indoors
  • Outdoor Venues (Galleries, Zoos, Mini Golf, Amusement Parks, Climbing Walls)
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers – max 25% capacity indoors
  • Personal Care Services (nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors) – max 25% capacity indoors
  • Massage Therapy Studios – max 25% capacity indoors

California Updates

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the California Department of Public Health announced that El Dorado County, along with neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region, will be moving into the State’s Regional Stay Home Order beginning Friday, Dec. 11. The order will remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. The State’s Regional Stay Home Order is triggered when a region’s ICU capacity drops below 15%. On Jan. 11, the Greater Sacramento region’s ICU capacity had dropped to 9.4%.


Hotels and lodging cannot accept or honor in-state or out-of-state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired.

When the Regional Stay Home Order is in effect in a region, hotels and lodging can only offer accommodation for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.

Additionally, the Travel Advisory remains in effect.

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery. No indoor or outdoor dining is allowed.
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms – closed
  • Bars – closed
  • Movie Theaters – closed
  • Gatherings of any size are prohibited.

City of South Lake Tahoe Guidance

Stay at home order City of SLT

Ski Resort Updates

The State of California Department of Public Health released Outdoor Recreation guidance on Dec. 1 that includes ski resorts. Find that guidance HERE. Key Takeaways:

  • California ski resorts can remain open, with outdoor facilities only, no food and beverage allowed for on-site consumption.
  • Despite the Stay Home Order, resorts can continue to operate per the Governor’s office
  • California resorts are already implementing this guidance

California has also strengthened its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions. Read the full announcement HERE.

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




Tahoe South Visitors Center

  • Email info@LTVA.org
  • Phone (775) 588-4591, available daily except holidays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.


  • Winter Driving
  • Tahoe Care Tahoe lake-wide effort encourages the following tips to keep all healthy and safe while traveling including go big on distancing, masks matter, plan to change plans, no germs or anything else left behind, expect closures and sniffles, stay home.

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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