Updated January 14, 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.
Currently, the California side of Tahoe South is open to travelers with COVID precautions in place under the Purple Tier of the state’s reopening plan. For more information go to California Updates.
Tahoe South Ski Resorts are currently open. For more information go to Ski Resort 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 more information on the 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 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
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the California Department of Public Health announced that El Dorado County, along with neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region are moving back into the Purple Tier of the state’s reopening plan effective immediately.
Hotels and lodging are open with modifications. Hotel fitness centers can be open outdoors only with modifications. Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must remain closed.
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.
- Retail: Allow indoor operation at 25% capacity, and 50% 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 25% 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: Outdoor dining with modifications and takeout are allowed.
- Wineries and Tasting Rooms – are open outdoors with modifications.
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries – that do not serve meals are closed.
- Movie Theaters – closed
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
- Recreate responsibly this winter – SouthTahoeNow
- Nevada under new safety measures after surge of COVID-19 deaths and positivity rate – SouthTahoeNow
- How California Ski Towns Will Welcome Back Visitors This Snow Season – BusinessInsider.com
- City of South Lake Tahoe Press Release
- Tahoe South Press Release
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