The Governor of California has issued an executive order mandating masks be worn in public and anywhere that 6 ft. of separation is not possible.
Follow California COVID-19 closure info at https://covid19.ca.gov/
Indoor operations at restaurants remain prohibited. Outdoor dining and takeout permitted. See Dining options for Big Bear.
Other indoor operations at gyms, nail salons, cardrooms, wineries, museums, zoos, theaters, and churches remain prohibited. Outdoor facilities permitted.
These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
Please review responsible travel procedures HERE.
Staying Updated About COVID-19
Visit Big Bear continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 crisis and the spread of the disease in California and across the country. We are working 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. Be sure to sign up for City Manager Frank Rush's daily newsletters as well!
Support Local Restaurants
One thing Big Bear Lake does not lack is a variety of delicious cuisine! From Chinese to Mexican, Japanese to Indian, pizza to pub food, and burgers to breweries, our little Valley knows how to serve up the good stuff. In this time of rebuilding, we encourage our residents, second home owners, and visitors to support our local eateries! Gift cards are also available at many locations and offer much needed aid to our incredible businesses. View local restaurants that are open.
Support Local Businesses
Many local businesses remain open to the public. Appropriate COVID-19 precautions are in place and we ask that everyone respectfully abide by rules businesses have set in place. They are for the safety of both customers and employees, even if they may seem inconvenient.
Big Bear is known for its endless opportunities for outdoor adventure! Explore the San Bernardino National Forest, sail the 7 miles of our beautiful lake, or unplug and get back to nature with a weekend camping trip. Discover what recreational activities are open again or browse local services that keep our community up and running!
Doing Business During COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has altered our normal business practices to comply with government safety guidelines. Review these tips for keeping your customers engaged with your business while we navigate these unprecedented times.
Big Bear Lake COVID - 19 FAQs
Do I need to wear a mask?
The state of California issued new guidelines that masks state be worn in common areas, indoor public spaces and circumstances where social distancing cannot practiced. Young children and people with medical conditions are exempt. If you are hiking and able to socially distance from others, you are not required to wear a mask. (more information here.)
Is the town closed?
Indoor facilities of attractions and indoor dining are closed following state orders for our county, however lodging, marinas, outdoor dining and shopping remain open. We ask everyone to follow state order: practice social distancing with people you do not live with, avoid crowds and please wear a mask when interacting with others and in indoor spaces.
What outdoor recreation is available?
Please see what's open for outdoor recreation >>> HERE
Where can I go swim in the lake/layout in Big Bear?
The North Shore features the most accessible public shoreline. Visitors may fish, sunbathe, and swim from shore.
- In the winter months, playing on lake ice is illegal.
- Please note that all swimmers must stay within 50 feet of the shoreline.
- Yearly algae blooms may pose a health risk to swimmers. Please be aware of any posted signage, use your good judgement and avoid the water if it looks green, murky, or uninviting. Visit BBMWD.com for updates on algae blooms and lake conditions.
Are public parks still open?
At this time our parks are still open, however parking may be restricted. Following state orders, we don’t advise anyone congregate in crowded spaces.
What hotels and vacation rentals are open right now?
You may view the list of places to stay here: https://www.bigbear.com/places-to-stay/ And please call the property before booking to see if they have reopened.
Are campsites open?
The developed campgrounds open to the public in Big Bear are: Serrano, Pineknot, & Holcomb Valley. Please see the San Bernardino National Forest website for campgrounds in the greater Big Bear area.
Absolutely NO REMOTE CAMPING OR YELLOW POST SITE camping will be permitted.
How do I do my part to limit the spread of COVID-19?
- 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
Are 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.
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.