While ski resorts are permitted to stay open (outdoor recreation exception) Lake Tahoe has issued orders for the strictest shutdowns experienced since early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The SF Chronicle reports leisure travel to Tahoe will be banned beginning Friday Dec. 11th for at least three weeks. Lodging including hotels and short term rentals will be closed except for essential workers and Covid-19 containment measures, such as treatment or housing for the homeless. For those of us living in the area, skiing is not outlawed and resorts have not been given an imperative to shutdown (tbd if they augment operations for thin crowds or remain profitable enough to operate at all). The order only applies to the California side of Lake Tahoe, while the Nevada side remains open.
“If you’re in a stay-at-home area, this is not the time to come to Tahoe, you should be staying at home just like we’re all staying at home. These next three weeks are crucial and if we can get through these next three weeks and see these numbers go down and those ICU beds become available again we could go back to the normal Tahoe. This virus transmits so easily. What we know though is that if we take the proper safety precautions we can stop this virus. Science is real.” -South Lake Tahoe Communications Manager Chris Fiore
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