Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Messages/talking points

Updated May 27, 2020


Tahoe South website currently has forward-facing information for visitors, which will be updated regularly providing tourists with accurate and timely advice for healthy travel. Tahoe South frequently asked questions, FAQ page.


We recommend the following to share among staff, and to help answer visitors’ questions:

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. 

California Updates

Lodging for hospitality and leisure is currently prohibited in California under Gov. Newsom’s Phase 2.

Nevada Updates

Gov. Sisolak has approved for Nevada to implement Phase 1 re-opening with guidelines

Business openings include the following:

  • 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 Chamber Member Businesses that are open.

Tahoe Recreation Areas Update



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,

For the latest information please check each site’s web page before heading out.

  • The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, representing California and Nevada on the South Shore, is encouraging visitors to reschedule non-essential travel for a later date when health officials determine it’s safe.
  • 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.
  • On March 4, 2020, the state of California declared a State of Emergency to help the state qualify for additional funding and resources to prepare for COVID-19 in the future.
  • On March 15, 2020, Vail Resorts has announced that its North American resorts and retail stores will be closed for the 2019-20 winter ski season. Dependent on the COVID-19 situation and weather conditions, Heavenly may reopen in late April/early May. Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is suspending operations for the 2019/2020 season indefinitely.
  • 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.
  • On March 19, 2020, 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:
  • 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:
  • “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.”
  • Both the El Dorado and Douglas County Health Departments are recommending normal seasonal flu health precautions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, there are no COVID-19 travel restrictions for the Continental U.S. and the CDC is not recommending canceling or postponing travel in the Continental U.S.
  • We recommend to share with HR/staff the CDC’s handwashing guidelines and distribute informational handwashing flyer.


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


Local Public Health Departments:

Visit California Coronavirus Industry Update – Updated Daily


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:

U.S. Airlines To Require Face Coverings For Employees And Passengers

Information from Barton Health

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) – According to the CDC, the current health risk to the general public for COVID-19 remains low and there have been no positive cases in Barton’s primary service area; however, the arrival of COVID-19 in the community is likely and preparation is essential to limit its spread. Barton takes COVID-19 seriously and remains proactive in managing the health and safety of patients and care providers. Heightened measures are being taken to minimize exposure throughout the healthcare system.

Symptoms of COVID-19 – Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What should you do if you suspect you may have COVID-19, or have symptoms?
If you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please call your health provider’s office or Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999.

How can you prevent infection?
The CDC advocates the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Information from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

It is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.

Coronavirus Toolkit:

 Recent Postings to

Recent USCC Press Releases:

Further reading from Smith Travel / Hotel News Now


U.S. Travel Resources

U.S. Travel’s Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus toolkit contains the latest information and resources from CDC and WHO, along with messaging guidance on how best to respond to this evolving issue. It was last updated on March 10, 2020.

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