State Route 18 Rock Scaling to Close the Arctic Circle in June
SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Maintenance crews will be rock scaling on State Route 18 (SR-18) in the ‘Arctic Circle’, from post mile 37.0 to post mile 44.33.
A full closure is necessary for the scaling operation for the safety of motorists and the work crews. The closure will take place Monday through Thursday from June 8th to June 26th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists are advised to use State Route 38 (SR-38) from Mentone or State Route 18 (SR-18) from Lucerne to Big Bear as alternate routes. Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans. District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.
For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Public Affairs at 909-383-4631 or TTY 711.
On April 16, 2020, City Council passed Resolution No. 2020-06 changing the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and Big Bear Lake Tourism Improvement District Assessment (TBID) remittance schedule for rental receipts within the period January 1–March 31, 2020 (1st Quarter 2020). Normally, this remittance would be due on April 30; however, the owner/operator may extend this deadline to June 30, 2020, without penalty or interest if the documents required below are submitted on or before April 30, 2020.
Update: Bridge Railing Replacement on SR-330
SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will continue work on the bridge rail replacement project on State Route 330 (SR-330) at the West Fork City Creek Bridge.
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If you are a resident of Big Bear Lake, the City encourages you to remain vigilant, and adhere to the following recommendations:
The City, our businesses, and our residents have all worked hard for the past 10 weeks+ to keep our community safe, and we're pleased to be one of the safest places anywhere.
We truly want others to enjoy this special place, and we welcome our visitors' significant contributions to our community. We do, however, need ALL visitors to respect our community, act responsibly, and be especially mindful of our COVID-19 concerns. The City asks ALL visitors to adhere to the following:
With businesses finally reopening in the Big Bear Valley, the City encourages ALL businesses to diligently implement the following:
Please post the flyer below in multiple visible locations to provide a constant reminder!
GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S RESILIENCE ROADMAP
From a practical standpoint, Governor Newsom's actions now allow most businesses (including churches) in Big Bear Lake to operate in compliance with the Governor's Resilience Roadmap.
In order to eliminate confusion for Business owners, the City advises all City businesses to adhere to business-specific guidance included in the Governor's Resilience Roadmap when opening.
The following types of businesses appear to be the only businesses in Big Bear Lake that are not permitted to operate at this time under the Governor's Resilience Roadmap: traditional lodging facilities, the movie theater, the bowling alley, the convention center, gyms and fitness centers, bars, music venues, tattoo parlors, and nail salons - until such time that the Governor authorizes a progression to future stages of the Governor's Resilience Roadmap. The City is hopeful that the Governor will officially lift these restrictions in the near future, as there do not appear to be any greater health risks associated with the operation of these businesses than other permitted businesses IF appropriate health and safety measures are implemented.
The City encourages all businesses to implement appropriate measures to promote the health and safety of employees, patrons, and residents. The City continues to encourage all businesses not currently permitted to operate under the Governor's Resilience Roadmap to take responsibility for their own actions, thoughtfully consider the Governor’s orders and the risks associated with their specific circumstances (including health, legal, financial, and licensing), and act accordingly. Risks of reopening certain businesses contrary to the Governor’s orders might include loss of State licenses applicable to certain businesses, among others. As communicated previously, the City no longer intends to take enforcement action with regard to the Governor's orders.
The City of Big Bear Lake is focused on making sure our community continues to experience a low incidence of COVID-19. One way we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear face coverings when interacting with others. We get it - the face coverings can be uncomfortable, unnatural, and some question their effectiveness or need - but they are one of the easiest protection measures to implement, and far more preferable than shutting down our entire community again!
Face coverings are more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from you to others, especially if you are not exhibiting symptoms and don't know you're carrying the virus. The face covering reduces the likelihood that droplets containing the virus make it out of you and into the air near others, and wearing a face covering shows that YOU CARE about others around you. PLEASE do your part by ALWAYS wearing a face covering when interacting with others!
To clarify, in Big Bear Lake:
Given the alternative of shutting everything down again, it's not too much to ask our residents, businesses, and visitors to wear face coverings. Show others that you care about their safety and well-being, and PLEASE wear face coverings any time you come within 6 feet of others - period!
As Mayor Rick Herrick notes, "We are living in interesting times and with each new day we need to adjust to new orders and new realities which can be confusing or seem contradictory. As Mayor, I am asking that we set the right tone for our residents and our visitors by practicing social distancing, proper hygiene and wearing face coverings while shopping or encountering non-family members in public. Face coverings are the most visual indicator that we care about your health. Please join me along with our City Council, community leaders, our houses of worship, our stores, and restaurants by creating a space where residents and visitors can feel confident that we are doing our part to curtail COVID-19."
Thank you for EVERYONE'S cooperation! Show others that you care!
With communities all over California reopening, including Big Bear Lake, it is more important than ever to quickly identify COVID-19 cases and take appropriate steps to quarantine infected individuals and engage in contract tracing as quickly as possible. With COVID-19 testing now readily available, the City encourages EVERYONE with potential COVID-19 symptoms to get tested immediately.
COVID-19 testing is now readily available in many locations in San Bernardino County, and a complete list of testing sites, hours, and instructions is located here. Big Bear Lake residents are eligible for testing at any of these locations.
The City continues efforts to schedule antibody testing in Big Bear Lake. City staff continues to work with public health officials to offer this testing at City Hall in mid-June, and additional information will be included in future City COVID-19 updates.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and may include:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, please call your medical provider or visit one of the County's COVID-19 test sites as soon as possible. It's in your best interest, your family's best interest, and our community's best interest to diagnose any new cases as quickly as possible.
Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following:
Numerous California banks and mortgage companies are offering grace periods, relief from late fees and other charges, and limiting foreclosure actions. To learn more, click here.
For detailed information on business funding options, as well as unemployment and tax information, please click HERE. This information was compiled by Accountingprose, a business bookkeeping & accounting service, and is updated almost daily.
For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst at 909-866-5831.