March 30, 2020: Coronavirus updates in Big Bear Lake
With the newly passed CARES Act for families and businesses, help will be available for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. As Visit Big Bear understands, our destination and small businesses can take advantage of this Act, head over to our information page which will be updated, and look out for our newsletters on businesses economic relief info.
Visit Big Bear is closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and the spread of the disease in California and across the country. As we keep with State mandated closures and other restrictions, we are also working hard to provide the most updated information from the City of Big Bear Lake, the County of San Bernardino, the State of California, and the CDC. Stay up to date and be sure to sign up for City Manager Frank Rush's daily newsletters! Rush shares local news and addresses common concerns among those in the Valley.
See links below for all four websites.
Support Local Restaurants
To offer support to our local restaurants feeling the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage our residents and second home owners to take advantage of the take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery services offered by our Big Bear Valley eateries! Gift cards are also available at many locations and offer much needed aid to our incredible businesses. View a full list of restaurants that remain open.
Support Local Businesses
As e-commerce and local delivery become the norm, our businesses are answering the call to serve customers in the Valley. Many of our local non-food establishments are getting creative to help serve the community. Whether it's e-commerce, virtual classes, curbside pick-up, or local delivery of items, keep these guys in mind as we navigate this challenging time. See a list of businesses here.
Tips for Local Businesses
What are businesses doing to adjust to state closure mandates? Many are getting creative with how they serve their customers and client base. From curbside pick-up of items, to local deliveries, and virtual experiences, business owners are trying it all and we've compiled some tips to help you navigate this new territory. See what some businesses have been doing to keep their customers and client base engaged during the COVID-19 crisis. Click Here.
Official Visit Big Bear Statement:
We're asking anyone who is not a resident or property-owner of Big Bear Lake or providing essential services to our residents to POSTPONE your immediate visit to Big Bear Lake for the time being.
Like many small mountain communities our healthcare system would be taxed with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19.
With our close proximity to several major urban population centers, we know that Big Bear will seem like an attractive place to practice social distancing in the outdoors. We also fully understand the inclination to seek escape in the outdoors during difficult times, but the reality is that doing so right now risks the lives of our residents and puts undue strain on our critical services.
Additionally, services and activities are currently extremely limited. Big Bear Mountain Resort (Bear Mountain and Snow Summit), Big Bear Snow Play and restaurants (excluding takeout services), bars and other public spaces are temporarily closed due to county-mandated health orders. Public gatherings have also been prohibited by the local, county and state government.
Like many communities whose lifeblood is travel and tourism this is a hard message for us to send and runs counter to the very reason our organization exists: to welcome visitors to Big Bear Lake. We know how many of you cherish Big Bear Lake and the natural areas that surround it, but we ask you to respect our community and this request to stay home for now.
Keep in mind the people of Big Bear Lake and the natural areas that surround it —a short drive away—will be welcoming you back with open (perhaps appropriately distanced) arms. If we all work together to do the right thing during this public health crisis today then tomorrow will come faster.
For additional information from local health organizations, visit the Big Bear Lake COVID-19 resources page on BigBear.com.
We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this challenging time.
Big Bear Lake COVID - 19 FAQs
Are there any local business closures?
From the city of Big Bear Lake:
San Bernardino County Public Health Officials have ordered restrictions aimed at deterring the spread of COVID-19, these restrictions apply:
- Non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited. This restriction includes commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities. It does not apply to work activities or shopping activities.
- Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, and other similar businesses may not operate
- Restaurants should follow State guidelines, and only operate for take-out and delivery customers
- Individuals age 65 and older and those with special vulnerability to COVID-19 are encouraged to remain at home.
Is there any cases of Coronavirus in Big Bear Lake?
There are currently cases in Big Bear Lake and in the county of San Bernardino. Find more information here.
Are there restrictions on movement in and out of Big Bear Lake?
During this time we ask everyone follow the state recommendations on travel. At this time, all accommodation and lodging establishments may not operate, unless these facilities are housing critical infrastructure workers or specifically designated by the State or County to house confirmed COVID-19 patients (currently not the case in Big Bear Lake and highly unlikely in the future). Current bookings for the next several weeks should be cancelled, no new arrivals should be processed, and no new reservations should be accepted for the short-term until after the COVID-19 event has ended and these restrictions have been lifted.
How do I do my part?
- Stay home
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Help your community, don't hoard
From the city of Big Bear Lake:
Local grocery stores are working hard to keep food and supplies in stock and promote a safe shopping environment. There are sufficient supplies for everyone IF we all purchase only what we need. Please consider your neighbors, and exercise restraint. Overall supply chains are strong, and can meet the needs of everyone if normal consumption patterns occur.