Safe Travels to Lake Tahoe

While there are currently no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Tahoe Truckee community or in Nevada County, the town of Truckee and Nevada county both declared a Local Emergency. Placer County, which encompasses the North and West shore of Lake Tahoe has also taken precautionary measures to stop the spread of this virus.

Truckee’s local municipal proclamation was necessary to be eligible for State and Federal resources. “While there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Truckee or Nevada County and no need for alarm, we want to be as prepared as possible for a timely and organized response in the event cases are identified,” said the Truckee Town Manager, Jeff Loux.

North Lake Tahoe is located in both Nevada and Placer county, and each has taken precautionary measures to close schools, ski resorts and to educate the community through their websites about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

According to the CDC, the health risk in the United States for the majority of people is said to be low. The latest Federal guidance suggests that for the overwhelming majority, it’s safe to live, work, play, and travel in the United States. Visitors should feel safe and welcome to freely travel throughout California and Nevada, maintaining the same standard health precautions they would at home. Of course, it is important to avoid public gatherings and maintain a healthy distance from others.

Public health officials have not issued any bans on travel to or within the North Lake Tahoe. For information relating to lodging policies and procedures, please contact your host property directly.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has closed schools in the local region effective March 16 through April 3rd, and Placer County Public Health announced the closure of all Placer county schools, which includes Tahoe City and Kings Beach.

These are proactive measures enacted to prevent the potential spread of the virus. While the ski resorts have closed and people are encouraged to avoid public gatherings, visitors can still enjoy the many cross country skiing areas and snowshoe trails around the lake.

The closure of ski resorts occurred across the United States and includes large resorts such as Vail, Heavenly Valley, Northstar, Kirkwood, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The Wanderlust festival at Squaw Valley has also been cancelled and events have been suspended until further notice.

Because many of our visitors come from Sacramento and the Bay Area, travel by car poses the least amount of risks. However, the CDC has recommended the following:

Healthy Travel Practices

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick.
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department.

Should you require medical services in North Lake Tahoe, please click these links for Tahoe Truckee Medical Group in Tahoe City, Incline Village Hospital or the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.

The following websites provide additional resources for any questions you may have about traveling to California and Lake Tahoe:

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