Travel Responsibly in Big Bear Lake
We ask that everyone - residents and visitors - continue to follow coronavirus guidelines.
California COVID Restrictions:
According to COVID19.ca.gov "California has now changed its mask requirements to match the CDC’s guidance:
- Vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most circumstances
- Unvaccinated people should wear masks in indoor, public settings
- Everyone should wear masks in:
Long-term care facilities
Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
Coronavirus Precautions in Big Bear
The City of Big Bear Lake maintains recreational activities as well as restaurants and businesses operating guidelines. We ask that everyone - residents and visitors - please:
- Wash hands often, especially after using the restroom, before you eat, and after any recreation activities.
- Carry hand sanitizer with you in case you do not have access to soap and water.
- Do not travel within or outside your community if you feel sick or have symptoms of illness.
Our community businesses have been provided information on best practices. Please be respectful of the rules any business has in place, they are meant to keep staff and other patrons safe and to minimize the risk of a spike in COVID-19 cases. When booking activities or lodging, call ahead to discuss any safety precautions in place for that business.
Planning Your Visit
Due to the pandemic, grocery stores and other shopping locations may see limited supplies. Local restaurants have also experienced short staffing so your patience is appreciated.
When planning things to do, think outdoors! Big Bear has so much to offer visitors on the lake (closed for winter), on the trails, on guided tours, and much more! Outdoor activities give you the chance to enjoy our Valley while avoiding close contact with others. Discover Things To Do!
When planning your activities, be sure you understand the COVID-19 precautions in place for that business and make reservations if possible.
Visit California's Responsible Travel Code
Ultimately, the best practice for travelling during a pandemic - or at any time - is respect; respect for the area you're visiting, the people who live there, and the people travelling with you. Take a moment to read Visit California's Responsible Travel Code and explore their website on safe travelling.
"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."
- Visit California, Responsible Travel Code
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.
Statements From the State of California
From COVID19.CA.GOV FAQs
"Before travelling away from your community, consider these questions from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) travel guidance:
Is coronavirus spreading where you are traveling?
Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very sick from coronavirus?
Will you be able to keep 6 feet of physical distance from others during or after your trip?"