El Dorado County has taken a drastic measure to reduce any travel to South Lake Tahoe by issuing a “no-travel Order” to reduce the number of visitors and other non-fulltime residents in the basin. The order is in response to the swell of non-residents taking refuge in the area during the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent statewide shelter-in-place mandate.
“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,” said Dr. Nancy Williams, who issued the order.
With a wave of Sacramento and Bay Area residents taking refuge in their Tahoe vacation homes, county officials worry that a spike in Coronavirus cases could overwhelm the local medical facilities. The police can enforce this order, but the county hopes people will do the right thing and govern themselves.
“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,” said Williams.
Drastic times call for drastic measures.