COVID & Travelling responsibly in Big Bear Lake

Travelling Responsibly in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 06/24/20

The City of Big Bear Lake has reopened for leisure travel. We ask that everyone - residents and visitors - please...

California COVID Mandates & Restrictions:

The Governor of California requires all Californians to wear face coverings in high-risk settings. This includes indoors, in line to enter any indoor public space, and in any area where other people are present and unable to separate 6 feet.

As of July 13, 2020, the following businesses are prohibited from operating:

  • Indoor dining. Take away and outdoor dining is still permitted.
  • Movie theaters
  • Indoor entertainment centers
  • Nail Salons
  • Gyms
  • Churches

Outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, boat rentals, fishing, etc. are still permitted and businesses operating in those sectors are still open. Please refer to our Back To Big Bear page for additional info on what's open.

Coronavirus Precautions & Social Distancing in Big Bear

Under County Variance Attestation, the City of Big Bear Lake has reopened for leisure travel. We ask that everyone - residents and visitors - please:

  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet and do not gather with anyone you do not live with.
  • 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.
  • Face coverings are required in public.
  • 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 and a recommended plan for reopening. 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.

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When Planning Your Visit

Big Bear Lake is expecting a busy summer, and with the ongoing pandemic, grocery stores and other shopping locations may see limited supplies. Local restaurants have also reduced their capacity in compliance with COVID-19 precautions so options for dining out may also be limited. Please prepare for your trip by packing food and extra supplies for your stay. Limiting your presence in community stores and restaurants will also reduce your risk of encountering coronavirus.

When planning things to do, think outdoors! Big Bear has so much to offer visitors on the lake, 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 like:

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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.

Covid precautions in Big Bear Lake

Statements From the State of California


"You can travel for urgent matters or if such travel is essential to your permitted work. Even though businesses around the state are opening up, avoid travelling long distances for vacations or pleasure as much as possible. This is to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Do not travel if you are sick, or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks. Do not travel with someone who is sick.

"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?

"If you do travel, take steps to keep everyone safe like wearing a face cloth covering, keeping 6 feet of physical distance from those not in your household, and washing your hands frequently."

From COVID19.CA.GOV Resilience Roadmap

According to the California Resilience Roadmap, the state is currently in Phase 2 with some areas further along with County Variance. Though Big Bear is open for leisure travel, the State of California recommends that "Higher risk individuals (over 65 or with serious medical conditions) should continue to stay home until Stage 4."