Update as of 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

Resources

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