Updated January 27, 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.
Both the Nevada and California side of Tahoe South are open to travelers with COVID precautions in place. Masks are required in both states.
Tahoe South Ski Resorts are currently open. For more information go to Ski Resort Updates.
On Nov. 24, Governor Sisolak increased restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and has been extended through Feb. 10 and will then be re-evaluated. Find more information 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% 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
El Dorado County is now in the Purple Tier of the State’s reopening plan.
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.
Here are the expected travel impacts for the Sierra through Saturday, Jan. 30th with the major winter storm forecast Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Thursday, Jan. 28th. Your best travel day is Tuesday with deteriorating conditions Tuesday night. Travel will be near impossible at times in the Sierra through Thursday with areas of blizzard conditions. The absolute worst conditions look to be Wednesday afternoon. Improving conditions Friday followed by a weak storm possible Saturday with minor travel impacts. Snow totals in the Sierra will be measured in feet with over 6 feet possible along the Sierra Crest, 2+ feet in the Tahoe Basin (most along Highway 89), and 1+ foot along U.S. 395 in Mono County. Travel is discouraged during this storm, and if you must travel, be sure to travel with a winter travel kit. For up to date road conditions be sure to visit http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov or http://nvroads.com
- Significant Rain & Snowfall Amounts Anticipated with Incoming Storm
- 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.
- Sledding safely
- 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