Douglas County Reopening Plan

“Moving Forward- Douglas County’s Plan for COVID-19 Recovery”

Approved by the Board of County Commissioners April 16, 2021

Approved by the NV COVID Task Force April 22, 2021

To view the full plan, click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens starting May 1st?
Transition from state to local control occurs. The Douglas County Reopening Plan takes effect clearing the path for resumption of 100% occupancy for businesses and other activities unless they are governed by a licensing board such as the Nevada Gaming Control Board or the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology. Events, and large gatherings will not require local government approval of COVID-19 plans. There will be no change in the current enforcement measures by the County. To view the full plan, click here.

What businesses/operations fall under the Douglas County Plan?
Businesses and other activities which are not governed by a licensing board.

Do businesses need to open in accordance with the Douglas County Reopening Plan?
The Douglas County Reopening Plan outlines how Douglas County is opening within the guidelines of the State’s Emergency Directives. Businesses, activities, and other operations that are not governed by a licensing board are allowed to determine how they would like to adopt the Douglas County Reopening Plan to best fit them. If businesses would like to be more restrictive to protect the safety and health of their employees and/or patrons, they have that choice.

Are there exceptions to the Douglas County Reopening Plan?
School reopening plans fall under the responsibility of the School District. To view the Douglas County School District’s reopening plan, click here.

Do I still need to wear a mask?
Douglas County is following CDC Guidance regarding COVID-19 and wearing masks:
- Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
- Unvaccinated people should continue to follow guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19.


County Department Reopening Operations

Douglas County is actively monitoring the COVID-19 level of risk in our community in close cooperation with our emergency manager, East Fork Fire and our managing health authority, Carson City Health and Human Services. Please see below for a complete list of County departments and services open to the public and operation guidelines specific to each department.

Effective May 1, 2021:

Animal Care and Services
Adoptions remain available by appointment only. Please call (775) 782-9061 to schedule. Animal Service Officers are available by phone as needed and for emergencies. Volunteer hours are suspended until further notice. Masks are required to be worn when inside the Shelter facility.

Board of County Commissioners
The BOCC will conduct their future meetings in a hybrid model. For more information click here.

Community Development: Building Division, Code Enforcement, Engineering Division, and Planning Division

The Community Development Department public counter is open to the public at 100% capacity. The public counter is located in the Minden Inn at 1594 Esmeralda Ave and will be open weekdays 8am-4pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Customer’s are required to check-in on the first floor of the Minden Inn.

Community Development launched a new online scheduling system for those who would like to make appointments. For their new online scheduling system, click here

Community Services:

Douglas Area Rural Transit
DART services have resumed at 100% capacity and without social distancing guidelines. Face masks are required for all passengers while boarding, riding, and exiting the bus. Drivers are required to wear face masks and gloves. Buses will be disinfected throughout the day. For more information, please call DART Transportation at (775) 783-6456.

Community Center
The Valley gymnasium and fitness facility in Gardnerville and Kahle Community Center are open at 100% capacity without social distancing. Masks must be worn when not actively exercising in the facilities.

Senior Center
The Senior Center doors open to the public on May 10, 2021. The reopening plan requires: temperature checks when entering the building and mask wearing when entering the building and in public spaces while not actively eating, drinking or exercising. In-person program and services resume on May 10, 2021 and congregate dining resumes the same day at the following locations:

Gardnerville- senior lunches will take place Monday-Friday 12 noon-1pm

Topaz Ranch Estates- lunches will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 12 noon -1pm

Indian Hills GID Boardroom/Center- lunches will take place Wednesdays and Fridays 12 noon-1pm.

All classes and meeting rooms will operate at up to 100% capacity. For more information, please click here.

Community Health Clinic
The clinic is doing appointments via Telehealth when possible and seeing patients when necessary. To make an appointment call (775) 782-9038.

Kids Club
Youth Day Camps at both the Valley and Lake are open to 100% capacity without social distancing guidelines. 

The County Parks themselves are open without restriction.

Topaz Lake Campground
Overnight camping at the Topaz Lake campground is open without restrictions. Campground reservations will continue to be accepted online and in advanced.

Douglas District Court is open at full service.

Historic Courthouse: Assessor's Office, Clerk-Treasurer, and Recorder's Office
Offices located in the Historic Courthouse at 1616 8th Street in Minden are open to the public weekdays 9am-5pm.

Tahoe General Services, to include the DMV office, will be open to the public by appointment only. Additional information can be found here:

Both the Minden and Zephyr Cove branch are open to the public. The library is continuing to offer curbside service to any patrons who prefer to maintain social distancing. Masks must be worn when entering and using the library.

Minden Branch Hours

Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm

Thursday & Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-5pm


Zephyr Cove Branch Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 10am-4pm

Public Works
Douglas County Public Works which includes Water and Sewer Utilities, Road Maintenance, Stormwater Management, Engineering, and Building and Fleet Services is open to the public at full service.

School District
To view the Douglas County School District’s plan, click here.

Social Services
The Social Service Office will open to the public beginning May 3, 2021. To meet with a Case Manager, clients must make an appointment. Please call (775) 782-9825. Masks will be required while in the building and meeting spaces.

*this webpage is subject to change