Updated December 2, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health on Thursday, Nov. 19, announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement, and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier, which includes South Lake Tahoe, Calif. in El Dorado County. The order will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and remain in effect until 5 a.m. Dec. 21.

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel
1. Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
2. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to California. More

Non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
Essential travel” includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

El Dorado County moves to restrictive “Purple Tier” on Nov. 16 under state COVID-19 framework: www.cityofslt.us.

California is also strengthening its face-covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

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

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

Some exceptions:

  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence
  • Full details of situations: https://abc7news.com/


Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has announced a new state mandate requiring individuals to wear a facial covering or mask while in public.

The directive also exempts some categories of individuals from the requirements, including:

  • Children under the age of 9
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Anyone who cannot wear a face covering or mask due to a medical condition or disability, or cannot remove a mask without assistance. Individuals are instead encouraged to wear alternatives, such as face shields, but won’t be required to “provide documentation verifying their condition.”
  • Anyone who is incarcerated
  • Individuals for whom “wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work”
  • Anyone who obtains a service that would require removal of the mask to access their face or nose
    Individuals at a restaurant or other establishment to eat or drink, provided they are at least six feet away from other patrons
  • Anyone engaged in outdoor work or recreational activities, such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running



  • The majority of lodging properties are open throughout South Shore 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.
  • In South Lake Tahoe, Calif., indoor dining is closed. Outdoor dining with distancing, to-go, delivery, and curbside service is open. Bars, breweries, and distilleries that serve food may operate outdoors with modifications. Breweries, distilleries, and wineries not licensed to serve food may offer curbside delivery or home delivery.

Tahoe Recreation Areas Update

Tips/Best Practices:

  • 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: