El Dorado County in “most restrictive” COVID tier

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 10:22 PM PST
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South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (KOLO) - Restrictions are ramping in the Golden State. California surpassed one million COVID-19 infections last week.

“We are seeing community spread broadly now through eight throughout the state of California,” Governor Gavin Newsom said.

On Monday, November 16, 2020, Gov. Newsom announced that 41 of the 58 counties, comprising of more than 94% of the state’s population, are now in the purple tier. That’s the most restrictive stage in its four-tier color system. Last week, only 13 counties were in that category.

Gov. Newsom added, “Every age group, every demographic, racial, ethnic, uh, in every part of the state, uh, we are seeing case rates increase and positivity rates increase as well, no longer concentrated in just a handful of counties.”

El Dorado County is now back on that list.

“Just a few days ago we were in the orange tier which is the second to the highest tier,” Mayor pro tem Tamara Wallace of South Lake Tahoe said, “Within a day we have jumped back to almost a full lockdown.”

In the purple tier, bars, breweries, and distilleries that don’t offer food are ordered closed, while restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, places of worship, museums, and gyms are outdoor only. Gatherings are only permitted outdoors with a maximum of three households.

Wallace added, “It’s going to have a detrimental effect. I know of one business that closed today and will not be reopening its doors at all, ever again.”

Wallace says while she agrees with protecting everyone from COVID-19, she’s concerned the new restrictions will negatively impact residents, again.

“A lot of them will be struggling to put food on the table for their families and keeping a roof over their head, not to mention providing Christmas,” Wallace said.

With the city heavily depending on tourism, Wallace says it’s pivotal that locals and visitors continue to do their part.

“Please be diligent, please wash your hands, please wear your mask, please be safe, and be kind.”

Tamara Wallace, Mayor pro tem, South Lake Tahoe

The city will be enforcing the new restrictions by first educating businesses or those not following the rules. Local law enforcement may also take further action if necessary.

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