Update April 6, 2021 – El Dorado County to move into Orange Tier April 7.

Starting April 7, El Dorado County will move into the Orange tier. At that time: 

  • Wineries: Open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Restaurants: Open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Museums: Open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Bars (where no meals provided): Open outdoors ONLY
  • Family Entertainment Centers: Open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Fitness Centers: Open indoors at 25% of capacity
  • Places of Worship: Open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Movie Theaters: Open at 50% capacity

Tier 3 Orange business changes graphic

See more information on business operations at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

Update March 2, 2021 – El Dorado County to move into Red Tier March 3.

Starting March 3, El Dorado County will move into the Red tier. At that time:

  • Indoor dining will be allowed at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Gyms can open at 10% capacity 
  • Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity
  • Retail can reopen at 50% capacity
  • Museums can reopen at 25% capacity

See more information on business operations at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

PRESS RELEASE (PDF): COVID19 County Moves to Red Tier 

Update January 12, 2021 – The Greater Sacramento Region, of which El Dorado County is a part, was granted authority by the State to exit the Regional Stay At Home Order, effective immediately.

The Limited Stay At Home Order placing a 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew on individuals remains in effect until all regions exit the Regional Stay At Home Order.

Restaurants can now operate outdoors, hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services can operate indoors with modifications, places of worship can hold services outdoors, wineries can operate outdoors with modifications, and bars, breweries and distilleries can operate outdoors if they serve food. See more at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.

Update December 9, 2020 – At noon today, the Governor of California announced that the Greater Sacramento Region – including the El Dorado County – has fallen under the 15% threshold for ICU availability. 

Due to this change and pursuant to the Regional Stay Home Order; effective 12 AM on December 11, El Dorado County will enter into further restrictions outlined below:

Under the order, the following sectors are allowed to remain open with safety precautions:

  1. Critical infrastructure (when a remote option is not possible)
  2. Schools 
  3. Non-urgent medical and dental care
  4. Childcare and pre-K

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  1. Outdoor recreational facilities (including outdoor gyms and fitness): Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Playgrounds may remain open. Overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  2. Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 
  3. Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  4. Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions – including measures to protect homeless populations.
  5. Restaurants: Allow only for take-out or delivery. No outside dining is allowed. 
  6. Offices: Allow remote work only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
  7. Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
  8. Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as those that provide content for professional broadcasting can operate without live audiences.

Under the order, all operations in the following sectors must be fully closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  1. Hair salons and barbershops
  2. Personal care services
  3. Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  4. Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  5. Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  6. Family entertainment centers
  7. Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  8. Limited services (i.e., laundromats, auto repair shops, car washes, etc.)
  9. Live audience sports
  10. Amusement parks

Under the Regional Stay at Home Order, Californians are prohibited from private gatherings of any size and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

How long with this last?

This order will remain in effect for a minimum of 3 weeks, regardless of ICU availability. After that period, the order will be lifted when the region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. Each county in the region will then be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the rules of the Blueprint will apply again.


Update November 18, 2020 – El Dorado County is now in the most restrictive Purple tier.

Under the Purple Tier, many local businesses will need to modify their operations, including restaurants, wineries, and fitness centers moving their service outdoors only and retail stores reducing occupancy to 25%.

For more information on the tiers and how that affects various businesses, please see the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy here.

November 13, 2020 – California Issues ​Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a travel advisory for non-essential travel due to a spike in ​COVID-19 cases statewide. People arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival and limit interactions to the immediate household. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Read the CDPH Non-Essential Travel Advisory for details.

Update November 10, 2020 – El Dorado County is making the case to remain at the orange tier.

For now, El Dorado County remains in the orange tier until it hears from the State no later than Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
PR 20-65 COVID-19 Red Tier Adjudication Statement.pdf


Update September 22, 2020 – El Dorado County is currently at a less restrictive orange tier 

It means that now dine-in restaurants are open for indoor dining at either a maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. See what is open
PR 20-57 EDC Moves to Orange COVID tier.pdf
What is open in the Orange tier.pdf


Update August 31, 2020 – El Dorado County is currently at a moderate level.

It means that now dine-in restaurants can open indoors with modifications, at either a maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Learn more. 

Update July 13, 2020 – The governor has stated that El Dorado County must close indoor operations at the following locations:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

In addition, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations, indoor and outdoor.

See more at the State of California’s website. 

Update as of June 12, 2020: El Dorado County is open for travel! See more here and check out our tips for traveling responsibly.


  • Many restaurants are open for dine-in with safety protocols in place. Takeout and curbside pickup is also available at many restaurants
  • Some stores are open with safety protocols in place
  • Some wineries are open for food and wine pairings with reservations. Many are offering curbside pickup, online shipping, and local delivery as well
  • Several recreation areas are open for day use, including:

April 30, 2020 – El Dorado County Extends Travel Ban into County Portion of Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order / FAQ – County Directive Expiration, Travel to Lake Tahoe, Essential vs. Nonessential, Reopening El Dorado County

April 3, 2020 – ​El Dorado County Issues Order to Stop Non-Essential Travel to South Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order

In response to the swell of non-fulltime residents traveling to Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams issued a no-travel Order to reduce the number of visitors and other non-fulltime residents in the basin.

“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,” Williams said.

“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.”

March 24, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Directive Clarifying Restriction of Short-Term Rentals to Reduce the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 24, 2020, El Dorado County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams,  issued a directive that clarifies Governor Newsom’s March 18th “Stay At Home” Order as it relates to short-term lodging, defined as a period of less than 30 days at facilities including hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds, other units.

The Directive states that staying in a short-term for recreation, tourism or as a location other than one’s residence to “shelter in place” is not considered an essential activity and Californians are in violation of the Governor’s Order and Public Health Officer’s earlier Directive if they do so.

March 19, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Shelter in Place Directive

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a Stay at Home order for Californians. 

See Governor’s Order and Additional Information

Our top priority is the health and safety of visitors to El Dorado County, and the El Dorado County Visitors Authority is committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely information about traveling to our destination safely.

We are working closely with the El Dorado County Public Health Department and other local agencies to gather and share the latest developments regarding the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and its potential impacts on travel to El Dorado County.

On March 12, 2020, El Dorado County declared a public health emergency to ensure appropriate resources and funding are available to the County in its response to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

On March 14, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement recommending all bars, pubs and wineries in the state to close while also calling for new restrictions on restaurants.

The El Dorado Health Department is recommending normal seasonal flu health precautions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, there are no COVID-19 travel restrictions for the Continental U.S. and the CDC is not recommending canceling or postponing travel in the Continental U.S.

Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC

  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department


Local Public Health Departments

El Dorado County Health Department
530-573-3154 – Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
1-800-901-5789 – After hours & weekends

Marshall Hospital  – https://www.marshallmedical.org/Coronavirus.aspx

If you’re experiencing symptoms and need to come to Marshall’s Emergency Room, please help stop the spread of the virus; wait in your car and call 530-626-2717 upon arrival. The ER staff will prepare to receive you with proper precautions.

California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health provides recent information and news about coronavirus:

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information Page

Coronavirus News Releases

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Informational Page