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Covid-19 Community Updates

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.

Public Health & State Directives

Placer County moved into the red tier on Sunday, March 14, the California Department of Public Health announced after statewide vaccination thresholds were met and state tier metrics relaxed as a result. View a summary of what the red tier means here.

“This is a big step and one that we welcome. With our case rate increasing gradually in the past week, it remains important to take precautions like masking and distancing, as none of us want to lose the progress we’ve made as a county,” said HHS Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham.

Under Red Tier guidelines, restaurants, retail stores, cinemas, gyms and salons have the following guidance in place:

  • Restaurants are allowed to open indoors with 25 percent capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Retail establishments are allowed to open indoors at 50 percent capacity.
  • Movie theaters are allowed to open indoors with 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Gyms are allowed to open indoors with 10 percent capacity.
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums can open indoor activities at 25 percent capacity.
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open outdoors only with modifications. The modifications include ensuring that patrons have reservations and patrons observe a 90-minute time limit. Service for on-site consumption must end by 8 p.m.
  • Bars that do not serve meals remain closed in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers.

There are four tiers based on a county’s risk level: Purple (widespread) Red (substantial), Orange (moderate), and Yellow (minimal). Purple is the highest tier/risk level with more than seven daily new cases (per 100K) of COVID-19.

How can we get in a lower tier? We can all do our part to help our counties reach a lower tier: wear a mask in public, wash hands regularly, keep at least six feet of physical distance when in public, and limit mixing with people you don’t live with. All members of the community are encouraged to consider how personal behavior can help move Placer County to the next tier ranking. Individual action will lead to collective mitigation that will shift the county’s tier status.


Placer County Vaccination Update: Text PLACERVACCINE to 898211 to receive vaccine updates, and make sure your health care provider has your current contact information (Learn more). The Placer County Public Health Division is currently conducting vaccine clinics for people who live OR work in Placer County who are:

If you do not meet these criteria, please do not attempt to make an appointment. Proof of age is required for age-based groups; proof of eligible sector employment is required for employment-based groups; and proof of living OR working in Placer County is required for all groups. Please also have your appointment date and time on hand when you arrive. Learn more.