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Posted on: August 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mask Mandate Fines: What you need to know


What is the mask mandate?

Governor Newsome mandated all Californians wear a mask in certain circumstances to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more details on that order click here

How does the administrative fine work?

At a special meeting, City Council directed the City Manager to issue an emergency order authorizing administrative fines for violations of the statewide mask order, in amounts of up to $100 for individuals and $500 for businesses. 

City Council has asked staff to monitor how these new directives work in maintaining the health and safety of our community. The emergency order will be in place by this Friday. 

Mask Mandate Enforcement Priorities


  • Businesses/Enclosed Public Spaces who are not making an effort to inform or enforce the mask order


  • People creating disturbances who refuse to wear a mask when asked


  • Large public gatherings or other egregious violations of the mask mandate


  • SLTPD and our CSO’s are always working to maintain public safety, especially during the busy summer months. Our goal is not to issue citations but to encourage people to keep Tahoe safe.


  • If you see an egregious violation DO NOT CALL 911. Please call the non-emergency line at 530-542-6100 or our CSO department at 530-542-6105


1. If I am hiking or riding a bike outside is that a violation?


No, as long as you can remain socially distant from others while you enjoy the outdoors.


2. Driving in my car? 


No, there is no guidance from public health officials that require you to wear a mask inside your own vehicle.


3. Just walking outside or at the golf course


No, as long as you can remain socially distant from others while you enjoy the outdoors


4. Leaving a grocery store putting my groceries in my car?


No, as long as you can remain socially distant from others while you enjoy the outdoors


5. At my house with my family or friends?


This isn’t an enforcement priority, but masks are encouraged when you’re spending time with people outside of your family unit and aren’t able to properly socially distance. 


6. At an outdoor restaurant? 


Yes, unless you are eating or drinking


7. Who is eligible to give citations? 


SLTPD and CSO’s will use their discretion to issue citations


8. What recourse does an individual have if they feel their citation was unfair?


There is an appeal process for these instances. Appellants would need to fill out this form.


9. If an individual refuses to sign a citation do they go to jail.



10. What kind of mask/face covering is appropriate?


Masks that are flat or pleated (some are like cups); they are affixed to the head with straps. Cloth or reusable masks are best.

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