El Dorado County, CA (includes South Lake Tahoe) announced Thursday it is extending the travel restriction indefinitely to the Lake Tahoe Basin. The situation will be reviewed every two weeks.
In response to the swell of non-fulltime residents traveling to Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams, first issued a no-travel Order to reduce the number of visitors and other non-fulltime residents in the basin on April 3rd.
“Visitors whom we enthusiastically welcome during normal times are further impacting an already decreased availability of essential supplies and food, and putting the entire Lake Tahoe population at greater risk of being able to receive proper health care. It’s time to take this very strong message to those who are not already residing in South Lake Tahoe: if you have no essential function and you are here, please go home; if you have no essential function and you are not here, please stay home.”
El Dorado County, CA (includes South Lake Tahoe) Public Health Office, 4/3/20
All nonessential travel into the El Dorado County portion of the Lake Tahoe basin is banned. The emergency ordinance allowing officials to fine visitors for short-term rentals also remains in effect.
Second home-owners, however, are upset that they cannot access their properties, not even for essential maintenance. Some homeowners are fighting the order and the $1,000 per day fine for violating it.
El Dorado County, CA has seen only 47 cases of coronavirus as of May 4th, 2020, and zero deaths.
Full Order to Stop Non-Essential Travel to South Lake Tahoe