COVID-19 Travel Update for Truckee

Truckee, California in fall

The Tahoe National Forest reopened on Saturday, September 19th. Trails, roads, and day-use areas are open but restrictions remain in place for camping and firearm use. See what's open/closed. Stay safe by reading this Visitor's Guide to Wildfire Season in Truckee. Take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, avoid merging your safe household bubble with another, keep 6 feet of distance, wash your hands, avoid overused trails and beaches, and be wildfire safe.

Status of Truckee

Status of Truckee

Visit Truckee's Historic Downtown Art and Culture District

The status of Truckee, a Nevada County town, is currently ORANGE (moderate). Under this tier, restaurants are allowed to open for indoor dining at 50% capacity. Please help us get to YELLOW (minimal) by taking personal responsibility during your trip. Wash your hands, wear a face covering, maintain 6 feet of social distance, and enjoy Truckee with your household bubble only.

Wildfire Safety

Wildfire Safety

Stop wildfires in Truckee and Tahoe

Fire danger is VERY HIGH in Truckee and the rest of California. A district-wide residential fire ban is in place in Truckee, as well as an additional fire ban for California State Parks lands in the Sierra District. These bans prohibit charcoal grills, campfires, and burning anything other than gas. During Red Flag Warnings, ALL open flames are prohibited. Remember, if you see something, say something! Call 911 to report any unattended fires.

Tahoe National Forest Reopens

The Tahoe National Forest re-opened on Saturday, September 19th. Trails, roads, and day-use areas are open however, additional restrictions and closures remain in place for camping and firearm use.  ALL ignition sources are strictly prohibited - NO smoking, campfires, stoves (including gas), BBQs, or open flames. Read the news release.

Visitor's Guide to Wildfire Season in Truckee, California

Here is everything you need to know about traveling during the summer and fall, which are typically considered wildfire season in the Sierra. We answer frequently asked questions and help you prepare for your upcoming trip.

Prevent a Wildfire From Burning Down Truckee and Lake Tahoe

Did you know that most wildfires are human-caused? This means prevention starts with you. Follow the 13 tips in this article to keep Truckee and Lake Tahoe safe from wildfires.

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Case Monitoring

The status of Truckee, a Nevada County town, is currently ORANGE (moderate). Please help us get to YELLOW (minimal) by taking personal responsibility during your trip. Wash your hands, wear a face covering, maintain 6 feet of social distance, and enjoy Truckee with your household bubble only.

State COVID-19 Monitoring DASHBOARD

All counties - please select Nevada County in the dropdown

Key Metrics: New Positive Cases & Positivity Rate (7-day average with a 14 day lag time)
*Note new metrics beginning 8/31 with the state transition to Blueprint to a Safer Economy. These are updated weekly on Tuesdays.

  • August 17: 1.8 % positivity rate, 66 new cases per 100K (last 14 days), 2 hospitals (137 beds), 2 patients.
  • August 18: 1.9 % positivity rate, 69 new cases per 100K (last 14 days), 2 hospitals (137 beds), 3 patients.
  • August 20: 1.9 % positivity rate, 72 new cases per 100K (last 14 days), 2 hospitals (137 beds), 1 patients.
  • August 21: 2.2 % positivity rate, 81 new cases per 100K (last 14 days), 2 hospitals (137 beds), 3 patients.
  • August 24: 2.4 % positivity rate, 90 new cases per 100K (last 14 days), 2 hospitals (137 beds), 5 patients.
  • August 25: 1.9 % positivity rate, 68 new cases per 100K (last 14 days), 2 hospitals (137 beds), 5 patients.
  • August 31: 2.2 % positivity rate, 4.1 daily new cases per 100K (7-day average).
  • September 8: 2.1 % positivity rate, 2.5 daily new cases per 100K (7-day average).
  • September 15: 2.0 % positivity rate, 3.3 daily new cases per 100K (7-day average).
  • September 22: 1.2 % positivity rate, 2.0 daily new cases per 100K (7-day average).
  • September 29: 2.2 % positivity rate, 3.9 daily new cases per 100K (7-day average).

Nevada County (Truckee) COVID-19 Monitoring DASHBOARD

Key Metrics: Active Cases (updated daily), new daily cases by Eastern (Truckee) vs. Western (Grass Valley, Nevada City) County, Hospitalization. Total tests conducted are updated weekly. Mondays always show a high spike.

  • August 21: 64 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 4 new cases western.
  • August 24: 69 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 6 new cases eastern (Truckee), 13 new cases western.
  • August 25: 62 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.
  • August 28: 58 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 4 new cases western.
  • August 31: 61 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 10 new cases western.
  • September 1: 64 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 3 new cases western.
  • September 2: 65 active cases, 1 hospitalization, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 1 new case western.
  • September 3: 58 active cases, 1 hospitalization, 2 new cases eastern (Truckee), 0 new cases western.
  • September 4: 65 active cases, 1 hospitalization, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 7 new cases western.
  • September 8: 66 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 3 new cases eastern (Truckee), 4 new cases western.
  • September 9: 66 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 3 new cases eastern (Truckee), 10 new cases western.
  • September 10: 61 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.
  • September 11: 58 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 2 new cases eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.
  • September 14: 49 active cases, 4 hospitalizations, 3 new cases eastern (Truckee), 9 new cases western.
  • September 15: 48 active cases, 4 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 1 new case western.
  • September 16: 47 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 2 new cases eastern (Truckee), 0 new cases western.
  • September 17: n/a active cases, n/a hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 8 new cases western.
  • September 18: 33 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.
  • September 21: 47 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 6 new cases eastern (Truckee), 12 new cases western.
  • September 22: 40 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 1 new case western.
  • September 23: 40 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 1 new case eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.
  • September 24: 47 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 3 new cases western.
  • September 25: 38 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.
  • September 28: 37 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 3 new cases eastern (Truckee), 4 new cases western.
  • September 29: 34 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 1 new case western.
  • September 30: 33 active cases, 3 hospitalizations, 0 new cases eastern (Truckee), 2 new cases western.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy Status – All Counties
Key Info: what businesses are open by County.

Understanding the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tiers
Key Info: tier framework, moving through tiers, risk criteria.

Understanding the Data – Definitions & Formulas

Neighboring Lake Tahoe Dashboards:

Face Coverings

Masks are Mandatory

Wear a mask on paved trails while biking and hiking in Truckee

Please keep in mind that travel to Truckee is not a vacation from COVID-19. Face coverings are required in California outside of the home. Remember to bring your face covering with you or purchase one from one of Truckee's retails stores. Before visiting, read through our Top 5 Reasons to Wear a Face Covering in Truckee and Face Covering FAQs for detailed information on where face coverings are required and how to be a good visitor. Families can teach kids how to keep Truckee safe by downloading these two Mask Up coloring posters. #StaySafeToStayOpen

FACE COVERING FAQs FOR RECREATION, SHOPPING, DINING & MORE

Events

Truckee Events

Truckee Tahoe golf course

See what’s happening in Truckee and please note that many organizations have decided to postpone or cancel summer events due to COVID-19. We will continue to provide event updates as things change.

TRUCKEE EVENTS CALENDAR

Lodging

Hotels, Lodging, and Short Term Rentals

Best Western Plus Hotel Truckee Tahoe

Hotels, lodges, and short term rentals are open. Strict health and safety guidelines are in place. As of June 12th, a short-term-rental room/studio that is part of a home that is occupied by others is not yet allowed.

BOOK TRUCKEE LODGING

Read more about Truckee lodging:

Restaurants & Shops

Restaurants and Shops

Coffebar Truckee woman wearing face mask

Retail shops are open for indoor service and browsing with the highest degree of cleanliness and safety. Indoor dining is open at 50% capacity with social distancing in place. Bars and breweries that serve food are open at 50% indoor dining; those that do not serve food are open outdoors only. Local ordinances are relaxed to allow restaurants and retail shops to use outdoor space for their services. Outdoor dining on Truckee’s patios, porches, and decks is permitted.

EXPLORE TRUCKEE’S FOOD SCENE LOCAL SHOPS
FIND RESTAURANTS WITH OUTDOOR DINING & TAKEOUT

Help protect others during your visit:

Keep an eye out for the signage below displayed at Truckee restaurants and retail stores. It explains how, together, we can keep our community and beloved visitors safe.

Do Your Part, Keep Truckee HealthyTruckee Welcome

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Family hiking, recreating responsibly while wearing face masks on

 

Tahoe National Forest Reopens

The Tahoe National Forest re-opened on Saturday, September 19th. Trails, roads, and day-use areas are open however, additional restrictions and closures remain in place for camping and firearm use.  ALL ignition sources are strictly prohibited - NO smoking, campfires, stoves (including gas), BBQs, or open flames. Read the news release.

Be Wildfire Safe

Take care of Truckee and Tahoe:

Look for these signs on Truckee’s paved trails. They offer helpful tips on how to take care of one another while sharing the trail.

Go Big on Distancing in Truckee Pack it in Pack it Out TruckeeGo Small or Go Home

 

Ski Resorts

Ski Resorts 2020/21 Winter Updates

Ski Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Truckee ski resorts are looking forward to opening for the 2020/2021 winter season with modifications to normal operating procedures. This winter, you can expect changes to include limited indoor dining, social distancing on chairlifts, and face covering requirements in certain settings. To give you peace of mind this winter, several resorts offer money-back guarantees to pass holders in the event of COVID-19 interruptions. Below are key links to the latest winter updates:

Stay Safe

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Nevada County Public Health Department urges everyone to follow these basic tips to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Wear a face covering in public to help protect others.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Wash them before and after wearing a cloth facial
    covering and after being out in public spaces. If hand washing is not available, please use hand sanitizer.
  • If you are more susceptible to COVID-19, continue to consider going out into public spaces less frequently.
  • Get tested for COVID-19. Testing is free and available to everyone. Even without symptoms, testing of all
    individuals can help identify those who are asymptomatic and may want to take extra precautions to protect
    others in the community.
  • Do not travel if you feel sick. Monitor your health daily and stay home if you are feeling ill.

Nevada County Guidance for the Community

CDC: Prevent Getting Sick

Donner Pass Road

Donner Pass Road Closures

Experience Rainbow Bridge on Donner Pass Road

A major road rehabilitation project is underway on Donner Pass Road to improve sightseeing, parking, and safe biking along the scenic drive. The project involves widening the road, enhancing pullouts, and constructing 4 foot shoulders with bike lanes in both directions. Now thru October 15, Donner Pass Road from Rainbow Bridge to the Town of Truckee Limits (the old highway going up to the summit) will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 am Monday - 5:00 pm Friday. The road will be open with one way traffic control on the weekends.

There is no parking along Donner Pass Road near certain parts of Donner Lake from 10 pm to 6 am.

NEVADA COUNTY DONNER PASS ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

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