Face Covering FAQs for Truckee

Face coverings are required in Truckee and the State of California. CLICK HERE for daily travel updates. Mask up with Truckee’s FREE GAITER GIVEAWAY and view our TOP 5 REASONS TO WEAR A FACE COVERINGTIP: Remember, your face covering must fully cover both your nose and mouth. 

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Restaurants, Wine Tasting Bars & Breweries

Do I need to wear a face covering to get takeout, grab ‘n go, or groceries?

Yes. Wear your face covering to enter and exit a restaurant, and while ordering. This recent blog rounds up Where to Get Restaurant Takeout, Groceries, and Grab-n-Go in Truckee. In it, you’ll find where to enjoy Truckee restaurant & brewery takeout offerings as well as a list of grocery options like home delivery, catering, and grab-n-go food shops.

Are restaurants open?

Restaurants and breweries that serve food are open for indoor dining at 25% capacity, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. Check our Know Before You Go page to understand the current status of Truckee and business activity.

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Hotels, Lodging, and Rentals

Where do I need to wear a face covering at lodging accommodations?

Wear a face covering in any public or common space of your accommodations. This includes entering and exiting hotels, lodging, and short-term rentals, in hotel lobbies and hallways, and in shared outdoor spaces like fire pits, poolside, etc.  

What about inside my room, rental cabin, or short term rental?

You do not need to wear a face covering inside of your hotel room, rental cabin, or short-term rental when you are only around members of your household.

What about sitting outside of my lodging accommodation?

Face coverings are not required to sit outside of your lodging accommodation with members of your household. Renting lodging with members outside of your household is highly discouraged and indoor group gatherings have been linked to COVID cases.

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Ski Resorts


Truckee-Tahoe Ski Resorts

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Are face coverings required at ski resorts?

Yes. The good news is wearing a mask is nothing new for skiers/riders! In fact, face coverings like buffs are standard pieces of skiing and snowboarding gear. Some ski resorts require two-layer face coverings. To learn more, read the 2020/21 Winter Guide to Truckee-Tahoe Ski Resorts.

Can I take my face covering off inside?

No. The only time you can remove your face covering indoors is when actively eating, only if indoor dining is permitted.

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Downtown Truckee and Retail Stores

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Is a face covering required to walk around the shops in Truckee?

Yes. Even though you are outside, walking around Truckee puts you in close proximity with other members of the public. It is often not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance, which is why face coverings are required.

Can I shop in retail stores without a mask?

No. You must wear a face covering over your mouth and nose to shop in-store at Truckee’s retail stores. If you do not want to wear a mask, please utilize curbside pickup services.

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Gyms and Yoga Studios

Do I need to wear a face covering when I workout or do yoga?

Yes. 100% masking and physical distancing are required.

Are swimming pools open to the public? What about hot tubs and saunas?

The status of indoor pools, hot tubs, and saunas are detailed on our Know Before You Go page. Refer back to this guide to see the current Nevada County tier status and details on business activity.

Do I have to use a face covering while I swim in a pool?

No. Face coverings are difficult to breathe through when wet. Swimming without a face covering is permitted. Keep it in a safe, convenient location and replace it when you are done with your swim and out of the pool.

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Personal Care


Hair Salons, Barbershops, Tattoo Parlors, etc.

Can I get a haircut? What about a manicure or tattoo?

Yes. Check our Know Before You Go page for more details on which businesses are currently open and closed in Truckee.

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Group Gatherings


Best Practices for Winter: More Outdoor Fun, Less Indoor Gatherings.

 The safest way to gather is to spend time with people in the same household or to gather virtually.

There is a key link between indoor social gatherings and COVID cases. The Town of Truckee, Tahoe Forest Health System, Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Truckee Downtown Merchants Association have said that “contact tracing has determined that a lot of these interactions were in or outside family homes with people that they felt comfortable with, and may have relaxed those important safety precautions (particularly face coverings and social distancing). Although these informal gatherings and socializing may feel normal, they are the cause of the increase and spread we are currently seeing.”

Can I get a group of friends or family together at my home?

Small private gatherings are allowed outdoors with the following modifications:

  • Masks and physical distancing required
  • No more than 3 separate households attend (including the host’s)
  • Gatherings should be 2 hours or less
  • Those with symptoms must not attend
  • Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
  • Singing, shouting, chanting, cheering, or exercising strongly discouraged

Gaiter Giveaway


Mask up with Truckee’s free Gaiter Giveaway!

For a limited time, the Truckee Chamber of Commerce is giving away free neck gaiters. Get yours at Historic Downtown’s Welcome Center in the train depot. Mask up!