Outdoor activities, limited retail, restaurants, accommodations
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – South Lake Tahoe will begin the long-awaited rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic with the opening June 12 of select area attractions, trails, beaches, retail, dining and accommodations on both the Nevada and California side of South Shore. The new reality will require evolving adjustments to capacity and occupancy levels to ensure safety guidelines are followed with regular updates and details available on www.TahoeSouth.com and @TahoeSouth social media channels.
“Leisure travel restrictions across both state lines are now lifted, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming back visitors,” said Carol Chaplin, CEO and president of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “The spectacular natural beauty and timeless appeal of South Lake Tahoe is now available for both residents and visitors. With the additional clarity from authorities, guests can now make plans to safely enjoy both California and Nevada sides of South Shore.”
Which casinos are open?
Stateline casinos opened last week with brisk business at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, with Harveys Lake Tahoe opening at a later date.
In South Lake Tahoe, several lodging properties will open June 12 with limited capacity with others to follow later this month. For a list of properties currently open visit Healthy Travel Information. Tourism officials also recommend guests plan and contact the lodging establishments directly for clarity on the latest policies and specific guidelines prior to arrival.
By adhering to social distancing and in place guidelines, the South Shore area on both sides of the state line has managed the pandemic to-date with a minimum of cases.
“The social distancing provided with our recreational appeal and smaller population provides peace of mind for folks looking for a first trip following three months of stay in place guidelines,” said Chaplin. “We will continue to protect our home by encouraging visitors and locals to maintain proper social distancing and health protocols to ensure progressive openings and ongoing operations for businesses throughout the destination.”
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With the myriad of Tahoe activities from mountain biking, boating, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, hiking, parasailing, golfing, the need to continue to protect Lake Tahoe’s resources is paramount. Lake Tahoe – Truckee partners have collaborated on messaging, resources, and a campaign through Tahoe Care Tahoe to keep all healthy and safe while traveling. Those tips include: go big on distancing, masks matter, plan to change plans, no germs or anything else left behind, expect closures, and if sniffles stay home.
USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has lifted the closure on recreation sites, however not all sites have parking, restrooms, and trash services available. Guests are required to follow all road parking guidelines and restrictions and adhere to “Leave No Trace” recommendations to pack all materials in and out. For the latest updates check the USFS social media pages. For current visitor boating information and facilities’ opening dates: www.TahoeBoatInspections.com.
American Century Championship
The American Century Championship is back! In a collective effort reflecting America’s drive for a return from COVID-19, the celebrity tournament will bring golf and community service together for the 31st edition, July 8-12 at Edgewood Tahoe. Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley, and two-time defending champion Tony Romo are among 80 sports and entertainment stars planning to compete and charity fundraise over nine hours of live NBC Sports coverage over three days. Explicitly following governmental and health guidelines — and similar to major sporting events throughout the country – the tournament will return as a live television event but without spectators. All prize monies will be donated to COVID-19 relief and area non-profits.
Slated for 2022
Further demonstrating South Shore’s rebound, groundbreaking for the $80 million Lake Tahoe Event Center will be in early July with a completion date in 2022. The 138,000 square-foot facility will be located adjacent to MontBleu Casino in Stateline on property donated by Edgewood Tahoe. The Event Center will represent a new and unparalleled venue for conventions, special events and entertainment on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. Benefits include an overall economic of $40-$60 million per year by attracting business in traditionally slower shoulder seasons; providing for year-round employment for 350-550 locals (plus nearly 800 construction jobs); and diversifying the resort economy by aligning with the destination’s shift from gaming to recreation and entertainment.
For current information, preventative recommendations, and updates visit: https://tahoesouth.com/healthy-travel-information/.
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