COVID-19 Updates and Alerts for Truckee, California – Updated May 22, 2020

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Message from Visit Truckee – Travel to Truckee, Not Yet Please

Truckee, a Nevada County town, is now allowed to open for Stage 2. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, our community of retailers and restaurateurs are operating with the utmost in safety and precautions for in-store shopping and in-restaurant dining or patio/garden dining. Many have stayed open, offering curbside pickup and take-out food orders, complying with best practices. The stay-at-home order is still in place. Leisure travel (non-essential travel) to Truckee is still prohibited at this time. Travel/lodging for business or essential work is allowed.

As soon as we know, we’ll let you know. 

Right now, please support Truckee-Tahoe businesses and consider donating to these COVID-19 emergency fundraising campaigns.

Postponed Summer Events

Many summer events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. We will continue to provide event updates here as things change.

  • All  4th of July festivities including parades and firework displays in North Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and Incline are canceled.
  • Truckee Thursdays and Concerts in the Park are canceled until August 1st at the earliest.
  • West End Beach is currently closed but may become available later in the summer. A decision on opening has not been made at this point.

Town of Truckee Updates

Nevada County is moving forward through Stage 2 and various retail stores and restaurants are now open. California Governor Gavin Newsom’s state-wide stay-at-home order remains in place and nonessential travel between counties is prohibited. For now, this means that leisure travel is prohibited.

As we enter Stage 2, the Town of Truckee encourages our community to continue practicing social distancing, good hygiene, to wear face coverings in public, minimize going into public spaces, and educate friends, family, and our favorite businesses on the current recommendations. You can find more information and detailed updates from the Nevada County Public Health department.

Restaurant and Business Updates

Truckee is now in Stage 2 of reopening. This means that retail shops and restaurants have opened their doors for indoor service and browsing with the highest degree of cleanliness and safety. Local ordinances are relaxed to allow these businesses to use outdoor space for their services.

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There are many ways you can support Truckee’s local businesses while respecting social distancing guidelines. Dine-in or order takeout with your favorite restaurant, shop online with a Truckee retail shop, buy a gift card and save it for your next trip, reconsider canceling memberships, etc.

Lodging Updates

What Is Happening with Short Term Rentals and Hotels? – The latest update from the Town of Truckee on May 21, 2020.

On May 21, 2020 Town of Truckee advised property owners to block their booking calendars through at least June 15th and cautioned that bookings may be prohibited for much longer. Please see the earlier April 29th update from the Town of Truckee as well as the March 24th, 2020 Letter to Lodging Purveyors. Per the Town of Truckee, in Stage 2 both hotels and short term rentals are allowed to accept essential workers and guests on business in Truckee.

Qualifying lodging entities in Truckee may now apply for relief through the Truckee Lodging COVID-19 Disaster Recovery & Awareness Campaign, a campaign that provides businesses with necessary marketing dollars to rebound once the ban on overnight lodging is lifted. Learn more and apply online. Applications will be accepted until June 24, 2020.

Outdoor Recreation Update

Governor Newsom has released a list of approved outdoor activities during the stay home order. The list includes hiking, cycling, trail running, rock climbing, and more. Please remember to be mindful of others while recreating outdoors and keep an eye out for these informative signs on Truckee’s paved trails. They offer helpful tips on how to take care of one another while sharing the trail.

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California State Parks has temporarily closed vehicle access to many state parks to help reduce crowing and slow the spread of coronavirus. Learn more here.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Follow these tips from the Nevada County Health Department to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Stay home as much as possible, self-isolate, and only go out for essential needs. Eliminate non-essential trips. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then toss the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine to prevent influenza if you haven’t already done so this flu season.
  • Keep your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus.

Learn more

Additional Resources

COVID-19 in Truckee

VISIT TRUCKEE on Social Media

Please engage with VISIT TRUCKEE on social media as we seek to keep you informed, hopeful, and advised on what’s going on in Truckee. Our tourism economy is highly dependent upon our beloved visitors. While now is not the time to visit, we wish to offer hope and entertainment for happier days when we welcome you with open arms. 


Siobhan Kenney

About Siobhan Kenney

Siobhan traveled the American West as a National Park Ranger before setting down roots in Truckee. Outdoor adventure is her bread and butter and most days you can find her skiing, trail running, or backpacking.  Follow along with her adventures on Instagram @siokenney.