The leaders of South Lake Tahoe are set to vote on a proposal to ask Gov. Gavin Newsom for permission to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions, reports the Mercury News.
A draft of the city council’s letter to the governor lays out what Mayor Jason Collin calls a “safe and slow reopen.” It would begin with retail businesses and the opening of restaurants to local residents only.
El Dorado County, CA (includes South Lake Tahoe) announced last 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.
Included on the agenda for the city council meeting is the county’s “reopening guidance” document. It details rules that are now familiar to Californians: encouraging employees and customers to wear facemasks, using signs and tape markings to keep patrons 6 feet apart, prohibiting self-serve food items.
Some of the other guidelines, specific to restaurants: no sitting or standing at bars; disposable napkins instead of cloth; condiments on request only, not left on the tables.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board is coming up with a reopening plan for the state’s casinos, including those adjacent to South Lake Tahoe in Stateline. Among the proposed requirements: a maximum of three players at a blackjack table, and the blocking off of every other slot machine.
El Dorado County, CA has had 54 confirmed coronavirus cases and zero deaths.