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.
Note: AS OF 7/13/2020
Newest order by the Governor of California HERE
The shut down mandates by the Governor of California for all counties on the state's watch list include: restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, gyms, salons, churches, and cardrooms. 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. As we keep up with changes to State 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
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
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!
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.)
Will there be a Fourth of July fireworks show this year?
The Big Bear Lake Fireworks Spectacular has been postponed following recent escalation of COVID-19 in Southern California. Visitors can still enjoy the July 4 weekend in Big Bear Lake, but please do not bring your own personal fireworks. Lighting of fireworks in a national forest is a federal offense.
Why did you wait so long to cancel the fireworks?
While Visit Big Bear supports the fireworks, we play no role in deciding whether or not it is safe to have a fireworks show. The decision to postpone the firework show was made by the City in response the recent escalation of COVID-19 immediately following the recommendation from the state, which was in certain counties (including San Bernardino) to postpone or cancel.
Is the town closed?
Big Bear Lake is open! 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.
Where can I go swim in the lake/layout in Big Bear?
Currently, shoreline recreation (swimming, fishing, laying out, etc.) is limited to areas along the north shoreline, particularly Stanfield cutoff and the east boat ramp area. There is also limited space available on the north shore near the dam. While the shoreline remains open, space to socially distance in this area is limited and due to COVID-19 concerns we don’t recommend congregating in congested locations, especially without masks.
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?
Campsites are now open. The National Forest Service is asking all potential campers to make reservations via recreation.gov
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.