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The North Lake Tahoe destination is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak with guidance from public health and government officials, along with tourism-industry partners to ensure the most accurate and timely information is provided.

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Restaurants Reopening Guidelines


Restaurants receive approval to resume dine-in operations

Restaurants have received approval to open dine-in operations. Learn more on the County Variance  page. The Resilience Roadmap outlining each reopening stage can be found HERE.
As you prepare to reopen your business, please refer to State Guidance , specific to restaurants. Placer County has also outlined Business Guidelines for reopening, which must be in place prior to resumed operations. The state recommends printing and posting THIS compliance checklist, we have also created a customer facing compliance checklist HERE .

Additional Guidance for Restaurants & Retailers:

Urgency ordinance temporarily relaxes rules to support retail and restaurants in Placer County

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved an urgency ordinance to temporarily reduce regulations pertaining to implementation of outdoor dining areas located within Placer County to assist with economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The urgency ordinance will remain in effect for a 45-day period extending through July 10, 2020. During the period of this urgency ordinance, established restaurants and mobile food vendors may be permitted to temporarily establish outdoor eating areas by zoning clearance using this application.

Urgency ordinance provisions include:

  • Outdoor retail sales: Outdoor sales would be permitted to occupy an area up to 100% of the entire indoor floor area devoted to retail sales. Up to 20% of the required parking spaces could be used as permissible outdoor sales and display areas.
  • Restaurants (outdoor dining areas): Existing restaurants may temporarily establish outdoor eating areas and increase flexibility to expand outdoor dining areas to cordoned off parking areas. Mobile food vendors would be permitted to locate fixed-site operations at a specific site through county approval.
  • Restaurant parking for outdoor dining areas: Required parking for outdoor dining areas would be reduced by one parking space per 100 square feet of indoor eating area not in use as a consequence of physical distancing requirements.
  • Signs (temporary sales and events): The urgency ordinance temporarily suspends the 45-day maximum for the placement of banners, signs or decorative materials to advertise outdoor retail sales uses, grand openings and similar short-term sales events until July 10.
  • Signs (prohibited signs and sign materials): Until July, businesses may display A-frame signs, inflated and lighter- than-air signs such as blimps and balloons, air-induced signs that “wave,” and portable signs not permanently affixed to the ground or a building support structure for up to 45 days.

In the Tahoe Region, restaurants may temporarily add additional tables outdoors to meet social distancing requirements and protect public health and safety. Read the MOU from Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) HERE .
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has issued its fifth notice of Regulatory Relief ( HERE ), adding a new measure to the existing list. The update is designed to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result.

Personal Protective Equipment {PPE} now available for your business

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, in conjunction with Placer County, has sourced PPE supplies for your business. This includes 3-Ply and KN95 masks, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, and social distancing graphics.

Watch the Facebook Live describing available products HERE .
Limited quantities are available, please submit your order HERE . Pick-up is at the Visitor Center in Tahoe City. Payment (cash, check, credit card) will be taken at pick-up.

Placer County is currently in Stage 2 of the   State of California Resilience Roadmap . While we can not yet advance into the next stages, business sectors outlined in Stage 3 and 4 should begin preparing to reopen responsibly, including: fitness centers and hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism. The following information is based on the state’s current general guidance to all business sectors, and may change when specific industry guidance is posted.   Learn more.

Printable Versions of Reopening Toolkits:


Take Care Tahoe has excellent resources to communicate public safety practices for visitors and locals alike. We are working with the organization on exterior signage for your business. This would include the importance of wearing masks and social distancing.

The North Lake Tahoe destination is also working on a visitor readiness toolkit to help the business community correspond with future guests: what they can expect upon arrival to North Lake Tahoe and responsible tourism guidelines. For now, refer to this Welcome Back letter from Take Care Tahoe .
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