Issue a Temporary Ban on Short-Term Rentals in Eastern Placer County

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Mountain towns all over the country have been urging people to stay home during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Tourists bring health risks to small towns and put pressure on basic supplies. Most importantly, small communities have such limited medical resources (such as ventilators) that small medical centers can be quickly overwhelmed.

Here in North Lake Tahoe, on March 21st the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) sent out the following statement:

"For the safety of full-time residents and second homeowners, the North Lake Tahoe destination is asking visitors to refine travel plans and come again when travel is safe and viable. While social distancing practices are evident in our outdoor communities, the reality of an influx of visitors to the region will severely impact the small but mighty health care system, front-line service workers, and the overall inventory of necessary supplies."

In addition on March 19th the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health issued a "Shelter in Place" Executive Order, ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Thus, anyone coming up to North Lake Tahoe (except essential workers) during this time, would be in violation of California's Shelter in Place Executive Order.

Unfortunately, these measures have not been enough to keep tourists from coming to North Lake Tahoe during this COVID-19 pandemic. North Lake Tahoe / Eastern Placer County continues to see an influx of tourists, renting Short-Term Rentals (STRs) via platforms such as AirBnB and VRBO, which is causing many local residents concern about the availability of basic supplies, the pace of the spread of the virus in Lake Tahoe, and the possibility of overwhelming our medical facilities. 

Given that STRs are already heavily regulated by Placer County via the new STR Ordinance, we are asking the Placer County Board of Supervisors to use its regulatory power to issue and enforce (through fines, revoking permits, etc) a temporary ban on STRs in North Lake Tahoe / Eastern Placer County at least as long as the California Shelter in Place Executive Order is in place.

We believe this will go a long way towards helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our small community, and prevent our medical facilities from being overwhelmed.

Let's all work together to keep our community safe!


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