Orders in the Tahoe region will remain home Thursday night, health officials say

As the capacity of intensive care units decreases, the Lake Tahoe area will be left home Thursday night.

The Greater Sacramento region, which includes Lake Tahoe and Truckee, is the newest in California, where intensive unit capacity drops below 15%, triggering a home order. The ICU capacity is at 14.3% on Wednesday morning, the state announced.

The order to stay home begins Thursday before midnight, the Sacramento Bee reported. It affects 13 counties in Northern California: the Alps, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba.

The order only applies to the California side of Lake Tahoe. The Nevada page remains open. While staying at home forbids travel, outdoor recreation remains open and Tahoe is being prepared for the influx of people heading into the mountains.

Ordering requires multiple sectors and businesses. All outdoor dining and body care businesses such as hairdressers, hairdressers and nail salons will be forced to close. Retail units will be required to limit their customers to 20% capacity. Residents should also stay at home except for their basic work and basic household chores.

One of Tahoe’s key sectors affected is tourism, which has boomed during the pandemic. Under the regulation, hotels are not allowed to receive tourists (neither outside the state nor abroad), only essential workers, the homeless or those who need quarantine because of COVID.

“When the Regional Residence Regulation is in force in a region, as read in the Public Order, hotels and accommodation will only offer COVID-19 mitigation and isolation measures, treatment measures, accommodation or housing solutions for basic workers, including the homeless population. measures to protect the environment. “

Campgrounds in state parks in the affected areas are also closing, California State Parks wrote in a Facebook post. “ReserveCalifornia will contact the owners of the affected reservations by email,” the agency added. “Cancellation and refund will be automatic.”

The home stay policy will be valid for at least three weeks, Friday through January 1, and possibly longer if ICU capacity does not improve. The winter holidays are a crucial time of year for local businesses and the Tahoe economy.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on December 9 at 4:15 p.m. to reflect that staying home will last at least January 1st.