Travel Responsibly

Our top priority is the health and safety of residents and visitors to Placer County, and Visit Placer is committed to providing accurate and timely information about our destination so that you may visit safely and responsibly.
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Please visit our COVID-19 blog page for updated local information.

As Placer County works to re-open safely, we welcome visitors back to the region and encourage you to travel responsibly for the health and safety of our residents and guests. All sectors of businesses – lodging properties, restaurants, wineries, breweries, retailers and activity providers – are following state and county guidance to re-open and operate safely.

On November 16, the State of California moved Placer County along with most other California counties backward in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework. Placer County is now in the purple tier, with increased restrictions taking effect. Go to covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy to see what’s open and the latest reopening guidance. As we head into the colder weather and people may be tempted to gather indoors, please continue to help slow the spread of disease in our community by opting for virtual gatherings when possible, and keeping any in-person gatherings small, outdoors and masked. Full details of Placer County’s current stage can be found HERE.

Restaurants in Placer County may only operate outdoors – many Placer County restaurants have patio space available and additional outdoor spaces are being added where possible, along with increased capacity for take-out. Wineries are permitted to operate outdoors only and many have space available to serve on patios and in the vineyards. In addition, breweries may open outdoors only with a qualifying meal purchase. Hotels and short-term rentals for tourism, campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation remain open.

As you travel throughout Placer County, please travel responsibly and follow all safety guidelines. All Californians should wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible, as detailed in state guidance.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Maintain at least 6′ of Social Distance.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when in public.
  • Abide by all local Government orders or restrictions that may be in place.
  • Follow CDC Guidelines for minimizing the spread of COVID-19, including frequent hand washing, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Be patient and kind to staff at hotels, restaurants, retailers, and attractions, as they navigate new procedures. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Read regional resources to find out state and county specific restrictions 
  • Check in with businesses in advance to learn about current modifications and/or closures
  • Be well informed of potential risks and prepare yourself

If you will be visiting North Lake Tahoe, please review the Know Before You Go Guide for tips and resources of how to travel responsibly.

The California Welcome Center, Auburn is open to assist local visitors. The Welcome Center, at 1103 High Street, Auburn, is open Tues-Sat, 9:30am-4:30pm.

California Responsible Travel Code

California is a place of wide-open spaces that champions open-mindedness and celebrates diversity. Californians respect our friends and neighbors and their health and safety. We respect the environment, local culture and all the different kinds of people who visit our state. Respect is the key to keeping each other safe and all of California’s precious and fragile beauty protected, today and tomorrow. Please help us respect Placer County and all of California by following the California Responsible Travel Code from our friends at Visit California.

Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.

Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.

Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.

Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.

Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.

Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.

Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.

By following the California Responsible Travel Code, we look forward to welcoming you to Placer County.