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South Lake Tahoe Prepares to Fine Tourists If They Show Up for Memorial Day Weekend



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The weather is getting warmer and the Lake Tahoe region, typically jam packed with tourists and second homeowners from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is facing a much quieter summer than its had in many decades. But while second homeowners may be allowed to stop through if not entirely welcome, tourists are not, and anyone trying to quietly Airbnb their house might face fines as well.

El Dorado County, the home of the city of South Lake Tahoe, is entering Phase 2 of the state’s staggered reopening plan along with 19 other rural counties and counting. That means that dine-in restaurants there can open with adequate social distancing and other precautions. But those restaurants are reserved for locals only, and law enforcement wants everyone to be on alert that if they don’t own a home in the area, they can not just drive to Tahoe to enjoy the lake right now.

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