SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) — El Dorado County rescinded its nonessential travel ban to South Lake Tahoe Wednesday, but tourists are still discouraged from visiting the area.

The statewide public health order still bans nonessential travel.

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“I cannot emphasize this enough: people should not come to Lake Tahoe unless they have an essential purpose for doing so,” El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams said. 

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Dr. Williams said traveling outside of one’s community is still a major factor in the spread of coronavirus. She originally issued the local travel ban on April 3 in an effort to protect the Lake Tahoe community, which did not have the capacity to handle a surge of the virus.

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By rescinding the local order, the $1,000 fine for violating the travel ban has also been eliminated.