Press Release Number: 20-097
Project ID: 38852
District: 8 Riverside/San Bernardino
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Phone: (909) 383-1910

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.

Update #17 - COVID-19 Threats - March 30, 2020 7 p.m.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD NOW REPORTS CONFIRMED CASES BY CITY

San Bernardino County updated its COVID-19 dashboard today, and the dashboard now reports the number of confirmed cases by city. As of noon today, there are a total of 111 officially confirmed cases in San Bernardino County, with 1 officially confirmed case in the City of Big Bear Lake. This data is updated daily at the County's COVID-19 dashboard, and the City encourages everyone to view this site for the most accurate information.
 
Officially, Mayor Rick Herrick remains the only confirmed case in Big Bear Lake. It is important to note, however, that there may be delays in reporting by the County due to the time it takes to receive test results, the admittance of patients from Big Bear Lake into hospital facilities off the mountain, and the fact that patients admitted elsewhere may or may not have another serious illness. San Bernardino County expects to update the data included in the COVID-19 dashboard at least daily

ALL SPECIAL EVENTS POSTPONED THROUGH AT LEAST JUNE 1

Due to updated projections suggesting that the COVID-19 emergency will not be resolved for several more weeks, all City-supported and Visit Big Bear-sponsored special events are postponed through at least June 1. The City and Visit Big Bear will periodically revisit special events currently scheduled for June and beyond as COVID-19 circumstances evolve in the coming weeks. Local organizers will be working to reschedule postponed events to a later date this summer or fall if possible.

ASSUME THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE!

Efforts by the entire Big Bear Lake community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are paying off, and EVERYONE is encouraged to continue these efforts! With your continued diligence, we can keep ourselves, our families, and our neighbors safe, and end the COVID-19 emergency sooner rather than later!
 
The City encourages everyone to heed the following recommendations:
 
  • diligently honor the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
  • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical,
  • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
  • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
  • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!

SUMMARY OF CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

The City of Big Bear Lake has implemented various public health recommendations and restrictions for the past few weeks, and continues to do so.
 
The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:
  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
  • construction and repair activities may continue,
  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
  • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for very limited situations,
  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities,
  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog, and
  • City parks and the Alpine Pedal remain open, however, these facilities should be enjoyed by yourself, with your small family group, and users should avoid close contact with others.

FREQUENTLY EXPRESSED CONCERNS - DIRECTLY ADDRESSED HERE

During times of crisis, in every community, and particularly in the age of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, there are often many different comments, ideas, and opinions expressed about what's occurring or what should be occurring in the community. All of this is completely understandable, but sometimes the information may not be correct, there may be misperceptions or important nuances, or additional details that continue to emerge. Sometimes, timing makes all the difference, and, as we all know, the COVID-19 emergency is constantly evolving.
 
The City's updates are provided regularly to ensure that our residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors of Big Bear Lake have the most up-to-date and correct information about COVID-19 issues here in Big Bear Lake. To further this goal, we thought it would be helpful to share some of the most frequently expressed concerns relative to Big Bear Lake, and present a direct response to these concerns:
 
  • "There are no test kits in Big Bear Lake" - Bear Valley Community Hospital has maintained a limited supply of test kits since the COVID-19 emergency escalated nationally in mid-March, and has administered several tests. Due to the limited number of test kits everywhere, the tests are only administered for patients with the most significant COVID-19 symptoms. Given the limited supply of tests, it's simply not in anyone's best interest to administer tests to everyone who may want a test. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call your doctor or the hospital to be screened, and if you meet the criteria they will arrange for testing for you.
  • "When are we going to get testing in Big Bear Lake?" - As noted above, there are limited numbers of test kits in our community. Hospital, Fire Department, and City officials are working with San Bernardino County public health officials to offer enhanced testing in Big Bear Valley or in the mountain areas as soon as test kits become more readily available.
  • "There have to be more cases of COVID-19 here" - The City relies on officially reported data from County public health officials, and this data is updated daily at the County's COVID-19 dashboard. As of today, there remains only one officially confirmed positive test in Big Bear Lake - Mayor Rick Herrick, and he is currently recovering at lower elevation. Having said that, there are some delays in reporting by the County due to the time it takes to receive test results, the admittance of patients from Big Bear Lake into hospital facilities off the mountain, and the fact that patients admitted elsewhere may or may not have another serious illness. As of today, we have reason to believe that at least one and perhaps two other individuals from Big Bear Valley may be seriously affected by COVID-19, however, the City relies on official data from County public health officials and these cases have not been officially confirmed as of this update. The City will absolutely share information about confirmed additional cases as it becomes known, and is committed to providing honest, factual information to our community. Most importantly, we should all simply ASSUME THAT THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE, and act responsibly to limit community transmission.
  • "The Bear Valley Community Hospital is full of patients on ventilators" - As of March 29, Bear Valley Community Hospital currently had 0 admitted patients. It's important to note that in the event of serious patient condition, the hospital makes arrangements to transfer the patient to a more comprehensive medical facility off the mountain. Both the hospital and Big Bear Fire Department (the local emergency medical services provider) report typical patient and call volumes for this time of year, and are well-equipped to meet the current demand. Hospital and Fire Department staff are taking all appropriate precautions, and continue to engage in contingency planning in case the COVID-19 threat escalates in Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Valley.
  • "There are still vacation rentals operating in Big Bear Lake" - The City and the County have made it abundantly clear that lodging facilities and vacation rentals may not operate in Big Bear Lake or in areas outside the City limits (Big Bear City and other unincorporated areas). The City has been in direct communications with representatives of local vacation rental companies, and they are complying with these orders. The City has also been in direct communications with AirBnB management and our self-managed vacation rental owners about these orders, and they are working cooperatively with the City. Finally, City staff are fielding calls through the City's (909) 866-CODE hotline, and are responding to every single concern filed in the City limits. There have been a few evictions, but in the vast majority of cases the individuals using the vacation rental are the actual second home owners. It is important to note that San Bernardino County oversees the vacation rental program for Big Bear City and unincorporated areas of the County, and their vacation rental hotline is 888-399-8591.
  • "Do these orders apply in Big Bear City (or other unincorporated areas)?" - In most cases, because the City is implementing the Governor's and the County's orders, the answer is yes, but to be absolutely certain you would need to reach out to officials in Big Bear City or San Bernardino County to confirm. The City is responsible for approximately 6.5 square miles of land area, nearly 10,000 residential housing units, most of the commercial enterprises, and slightly more than 5,000 permanent residents in the City limits. As such, the City's updates are tailored specifically for City residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors. We are absolutely happy to share City information with anyone who may find it helpful, however, it's important to note that our primary focus is the City of Big Bear Lake.
  • "There are 'flatlanders' coming up here from off the mountain and buying up all of our supplies and spreading the virus up here" - As a result of the various restrictions, there are very few visitors in Big Bear Lake and this is not perceived to be a significant issue for our community. Additionally, it's important to note that the City can't legally prevent someone from entering our community unless / until it is necessary to keep everyone in and everyone out of the City limits. We are not at that point yet, and if we evolve to that severe restriction it will need to be specifically recommended or ordered by State and/or County public health officials after consulting with City officials and other local government entities in the Big Bear Valley. The City of Big Bear Lake has the authority to completely close off the 6.5 square miles included in the City limits, however, it does not have authority over Big Bear City and other unincorporated areas in the Big Bear Valley. Finally, it's important to note that many residents of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Valley have been traveling off the mountain to purchase food and supplies in other communities.
  • "We are running out of food and supplies up here" - Grocery industry officials report that the overall supply chain remains strong, and that there are sufficient supplies to meet normal consumer consumption patterns. Additionally, Von's and Stater Brothers have both enacted limits on the quantity of specific items that can be purchased, and they are working very hard to replenish shelves. There is enough for everyone if we all only purchase what we need - please don't hoard supplies!
  • "There are too many people at City parks or on the Alpine Pedal Path" - These outdoor public facilities remain open, and it's important for people to have an outlet to get outside and exercise. People using these facilities should only do so by themselves or with the same family group with whom they are "sheltering in place", and should avoid getting close to other users.
  • "We shouldn't allow second home owners to come to Big Bear Lake" - Second home owners are an important segment of the Big Bear Lake community, and enjoy and appreciate Big Bear Lake as much as those of us who are fortunate to live here year-round. Second homeowners pay the same property taxes and other taxes as permanent residents all year long, and also support our local businesses. Importantly, these owners have the same right to use their home as any permanent resident, and as long as they are adhering to the restrictions and recommendations in place in Big Bear Lake they are are permitted to use their home.
  • "The lake should not be opened on April 7, as that's too soon" - The lake and the public boat ramps are managed by the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD), a separate local government entity governed by it's own Board of Directors, and they have the responsibility to manage the lake as deemed best. The MWD is not an agency of the City of Big Bear Lake, and the City respects their judgment and authority to act within the Governor's and the County's orders regarding COVID-19. The MWD has set a tentative opening date of April 7, which is still 8 days away, and it is likely that the MWD will continue to evaluate this decision and adjust if necessary to promote public safety. The lake itself and the public boat ramps are generally not in the City limits of Big Bear Lake.
As noted earlier, the COVID-19 emergency is constantly evolving, and City officials (along with State, County, and other local government officials in Big Bear Valley) are all working hard to promote public safety. All of our actions are rooted, first and foremost, in keeping the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley safe during this unprecedented emergency.
 
It's a high priority for the City to keep you well-informed about the COVID-19 emergency and our actions in response to this emergency. The best way to do stay informed is to sign up for our regular updates by clicking here to visit the City's website.

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS

Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following:
 
  • The Federal CARES Act includes $2.2 trillion in aid for individuals, businesses, State and local government, and institutions. The CARES Act includes funding for loan and grant programs for various business sectors, including the tourism industry. City staff are working with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and others to identify programs that are especially beneficial to our residents and businesses, and will share pertinent information with the Big Bear Lake community as it becomes known.
  • The City Council has taken action to prohibit residential and commercial evictions due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19, and Governor Newsom recently issued a new executive order to also prohibit evictions.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here. Applicants may also contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
  • Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. To learn more, click here.
  • 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.
  • The Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board have both extended the tax filing and payment deadline to July 15. To learn more, click here for Federal tax information and here for California information.
  • The San Bernardino County Tax Collector has announced that late payment penalties will be waived for qualifying residential and business properties if property taxes are paid before June 30. To learn if you qualify, and other details, please call the San Bernardino Tax Collector's office at (909) 387-8308.
For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett , Senior Administrative Services Analyst at 909-866-5831 .
 
LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, PHARMACIES ALL WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU!
Local grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies are all working hard to provide food, drugs, and other essential items for the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire valley during the COVID-19 emergency, and they are happy to serve you!
 
Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
CVS is open from 9 am – 9 pm daily. Walgreens is also open from 9 am - 9 pm daily, with a special 8 am opening for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:
 
Frusion Juice & Coffee Bar
(909) 878-0881 - 40700 Village Drive
 
Juice Factory
(909) 878-0463 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Ben & Jerry's
(909) 366-0474 – 652 Pine Knot Ave.
 
An Ran Ju Gelato & Teahouse
(909) 547-7576 - 546 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Wyatt's Grill and Saloon
(909) 585-3000 - 42900 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House
 (909) 878-0015 - 40729 Village Drive
 
Alpine Country Coffee Shop
(909) 866-1959 - 41546 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Grind & Grill Café
(909)866-5219 – 42011 Big Bear Blvd.
 
The Old German Deli
(909) 878-0515 -40645 Village Drive
 
Mountain Munchies
(909) 866-7767 – 42171 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Dank Donuts
(909) 547-6053 - 42612 Moonridge Rd.
 
Teddy Bear Restaurant
(909) 866-5415 - 583 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Big Bear Brewing Company
(909) 878-0283 - 40827 Stone Rd
 
The Boneyard Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0401 – 560 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Domino’s Pizza
(909) 866-3555 – 41234 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Nuevo Vallarta Grille
(909) 866-7355 – 40949 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Get the Burger
(909) 866-8800 – 42151 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Murray’s Saloon & Eatery
(909) 866-1444 – 672 Cottage Lane
 
Village Pizza
(909) 866-8505 – 40568 Village Dr.
 
Maggio’s Pizza
(909) 866-8815 – 42160 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Red Baron Pizza
(909) 866-4744 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Azteca Grill
(909) 866-2350 - 40199 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Country Kitchen
(909) 878-0364 – 39904 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Fuji Restaurant
(909) 866-8108 - 41025 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Denny’s
(909) 866-7842 – 41196 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Royal Thai
(909) 866-2808 – 40766 Village Dr.
 
Saucy Mama’s Pizza & Pasta
(909) 878-0165 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Chuang Dynasty
(909) 866-7887 – 40989 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Jersey Mike’s
(909) 866-0447 – 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
BLT’s Restaurant
(909) 866-6659 – 41799 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Santana & Maverick’s Unique Crafted Foods
(909) 878-0047 - 40771 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Café Crepe
(909) 809-2353 – 41003 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Sonora Cantina
(909) 866-8202 – 41144 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Barrel 33
(909) 878-0838 – 40754 Village Drive
 
Mountain Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0802 – 42164 Moonridge Rd.
 
McDonald’s
(909) 693-5233 - 41412 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Jack in the Box
(909) 866-6436 – 40771 Village Dr.
 
El Pollo Loco
(909) 866-1019 – 41383 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Taco Bell
(909) 866-7778 - 41170 Big Bear Blvd.
 
If you're tired of cooking, or miss your favorite spot in Big Bear Lake, please order take-out or have it delivered to your home. Please practice effective social distancing when you pick up your food, and wash your hands before and after you visit the restaurant!
 
If you own a local restaurant, and the City has accidentally not included you on this list, please reply to this email and let us know you are open. We are happy to add your restaurant to the list.
 
 
Stay Informed! Sign up for City of BBL Updates, Visit Our Other Digital Platforms
 
The City of Big Bear Lake strives to keep our residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the City's issues and initiatives - including the COVID-19 threat - with an emphasis on information specific to Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley.
 
The easiest way to stay-informed is to sign up for the City's email newsletter and other updates. It's easy to sign up - simply visit the City's website and click on "Text & Email Notifications" in the top center of the homepage. Simply click on the link, enter your name and email address, and you're all set. Signing up will ensure that you receive periodic updates about COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City's new monthly newsletter - Elevation 6752', and other special communications from the City of Big Bear Lake for emergency situations, special events, and more.
 
In addition to the City's email updates, you can also get the latest information from the City of Big Bear Lake via the following digital platforms:
  • Visit our website by clicking here
  • "Like" us on Facebook - City of Big Bear Lake
  • Follow us on Twitter - @CityofBBL
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  • Sign up for text message alerts by clicking here .
Please help us spread the word, and share the City's digital communications platforms with your family, friends, other residents, property owners, frequent visitors, or anyone else who is interested in Big Bear Lake. Thank you!

Update #16 - COVID-19 Threats - March 29, 2020 3 p.m. 

FREQUENTLY EXPRESSED CONCERNS - DIRECTLY ADDRESSED HERE
 
During times of crisis, in every community, and particularly in the age of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, there are often many different comments, ideas, and opinions expressed about what's occurring or what should be occurring in the community. All of this is completely understandable, but sometimes the information may not be correct, there may be misperceptions or important nuances, or additional details that continue to emerge. Sometimes, timing makes all the difference, and, as we all know, the COVID-19 emergency is constantly evolving.
 
The City's updates are provided regularly to ensure that our residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors of Big Bear Lake have the most up-to-date and correct information about COVID-19 issues here in Big Bear Lake. To further this goal, we thought it would be helpful to share some of the most frequently expressed concerns relative to Big Bear Lake, and present a direct response to these concerns: 
  • "There are no test kits in Big Bear Lake" - Bear Valley Community Hospital has maintained a limited supply of test kits since the COVID-19 emergency escalated nationally in mid-March, and has administered several tests. Due to the limited number of test kits everywhere, the tests are only administered for patients with the most significant COVID-19 symptoms. Given the limited supply of tests, it's simply not in anyone's best interest to administer tests to everyone who may want a test. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call your doctor or the hospital to be screened, and if you meet the criteria they will arrange for testing for you.
  • "When are we going to get testing in Big Bear Lake?" - As noted above, there are limited numbers of test kits in our community. Hospital, Fire Department, and City officials are working with San Bernardino County public health officials to offer enhanced testing in Big Bear Valley or in the mountain areas as soon as test kits become more readily available. 
  • "There have to be more cases of COVID-19 here" - The City relies on officially reported data from County public health officials, and this data is updated daily at the County's COVID-19 dashboard. As of March 28, there remains only one officially confirmed positive test in Big Bear Lake - Mayor Rick Herrick, and he is currently recovering at lower elevation. Having said that, there are some delays in reporting by the County due to the time it takes to receive test results, the admittance of patients from Big Bear Lake into hospital facilities off the mountain, and the fact that patients admitted elsewhere may or may not have another serious illness. As of March 28, we have reason to believe that at least one and perhaps two other individuals from Big Bear Valley may be seriously affected by COVID-19, however, the City relies on official data from County public health officials and these cases have not been officially confirmed as of this update. The City will absolutely share information about confirmed additional cases as it becomes known, and is committed to providing honest, factual information to our community. Most importantly, we should all simply ASSUME THAT THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE, and act responsibly to limit community transmission. 
  • "The Bear Valley Community Hospital is full of patients on ventilators" - Bear Valley Community Hospital currently has 0 admitted patients, and in the event of serious patient condition will make arrangements to transfer the patient to a more comprehensive medical facility off the mountain. Both the hospital and Big Bear Fire Department (the local emergency medical services provider) report typical patient and call volumes for this time of year, and are well-equipped to meet this demand. Hospital and Fire Department staff are taking all appropriate precautions, and continue to engage in contingency planning in case the COVID-19 threat escalates in Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Valley. 
  • "There are still vacation rentals operating in Big Bear Lake" - The City and the County have made it abundantly clear that lodging facilities and vacation rentals may not operate in Big Bear Lake or in areas outside the City limits (Big Bear City and other unincorporated areas). The City has been in direct communications with representatives of local vacation rental companies, and they are complying with these orders. The City has also been in direct communications with AirBnB management and our self-managed vacation rental owners about these orders, and they are working cooperatively with the City. Finally, City staff are fielding calls through the City's (909) 866-CODE hotline, and are responding to every single concern filed in the City limits. There have been a few evictions, but in the vast majority of cases the individuals using the vacation rental are the actual second home owners. It is important to note that San Bernardino County oversees the vacation rental program for Big Bear City and unincorporated areas of the County, and their vacation rental hotline is 888-399-8591. 
  • "Do these orders apply in Big Bear City (or other unincorporated areas)?" - In most cases, because the City is implementing the Governor's and the County's orders, the answer is yes, but to be absolutely certain you would need to reach out to officials in Big Bear City or San Bernardino County to confirm. The City is responsible for approximately 6.5 square miles of land area, nearly 10,000 residential housing units, most of the commercial enterprises, and slightly more than 5,000 permanent residents in the City limits. As such, the City's updates are tailored specifically for City residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors. We are absolutely happy to share City information with anyone who may find it helpful, however, it's important to note that our primary focus is the City of Big Bear Lake. 
  • "There are 'flatlanders' coming up here from off the mountain and buying up all of our supplies and spreading the virus up here" - As a result of the various restrictions, there are very few visitors in Big Bear Lake and this is not perceived to be a significant issue for our community. Additionally, it's important to note that the City can't legally prevent someone from entering our community unless / until it is necessary to keep everyone in and everyone out of the City limits. We are not at that point yet, and if we evolve to that severe restriction it will need to be specifically recommended or ordered by State and/or County public health officials after consulting with City officials and other local government entities in the Big Bear Valley. The City of Big Bear Lake has the authority to completely close off the 6.5 square miles included in the City limits, however, it does not have authority over Big Bear City and other unincorporated areas in the Big Bear Valley. Finally, it's important to note that many residents of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Valley have been traveling off the mountain to purchase food and supplies in other communities. 
  • "We are running out of food and supplies up here" - Grocery industry officials report that the overall supply chain remains strong, and that there are sufficient supplies to meet normal consumer consumption patterns. Additionally, Von's and Stater Brothers have both enacted limits on the quantity of specific items that can be purchased, and they are working very hard to replenish shelves. There is enough for everyone if we all only purchase what we need - please don't hoard supplies! 
  • "There are too many people at City parks or on the Alpine Pedal Path" - These outdoor public facilities remain open, and it's important for people to have an outlet to get outside and exercise. People using these facilities should only do so by themselves or with the same family group with whom they are "sheltering in place", and should avoid getting close to other users. 
  • "We shouldn't allow second home owners to come to Big Bear Lake" - Second home owners are an important segment of the Big Bear Lake community, and enjoy and appreciate Big Bear Lake as much as those of us who are fortunate to live here year-round. Second homeowners pay the same property taxes and other taxes as permanent residents all year long, and also support our local businesses. Importantly, these owners have the same right to use their home as any permanent resident, and as long as they are adhering to the restrictions and recommendations in place in Big Bear Lake they are are permitted to use their home. 
  • "The lake should not be opened on April 7, as that's too soon" - The lake and the public boat ramps are managed by the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD), a separate local government entity governed by it's own Board of Directors, and they have the responsibility to manage the lake as deemed best. The MWD is not an agency of the City of Big Bear Lake, and the City respects their judgment and authority to act within the Governor's and the County's orders regarding COVID-19. The MWD has set a tentative opening date of April 7, which is still 9 days away, and it is likely that the MWD will continue to evaluate this decision and adjust if necessary to promote public safety. The lake itself and the public boat ramps are generally not in the City limits of Big Bear Lake. 
As noted earlier, the COVID-19 emergency is constantly evolving, and City officials (along with State, County, and other local government officials in Big Bear Valley) are all working hard to promote public safety. All of our actions are rooted, first and foremost, in keeping the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley safe during this unprecedented emergency.
 
It's a high priority for the City to keep you well-informed about the COVID-19 emergency and our actions in response to this emergency. The best way to do stay informed is to sign up for our regular updates by clicking here to visit the City's website.

WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS - BE DILIGENT, TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME, and BE THANKFUL!

The COVID-19 emergency is dangerous, frightening, and the ultimate outcome is so uncertain. It is also very stressful for those who have lost their jobs, are watching their businesses suffer, and are simply stuck at their homes.
 
It's important for all of us to continue to be diligent in adhering to the restrictions and recommendations already in place to maintain our own, our family's, and our neighbors' safety. It's also important for all of us to simply take it one day at a time, and be thankful for the blessings in our lives. If we take this approach, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! Life will go on, and we will return to a sense of normalcy in due time.
 
These are unprecedented times for EVERYONE, and although it's dangerous, uncertain, and stressful, we should all be thankful for:
  • the fact that we are still here, and that if we diligently adhere to the recommendations and restrictions we will get through this, 
  • that we are fortunate to live in a truly beautiful and exceptional place, and we'll be enjoying it to the fullest as soon as this crisis has passed, 
  • all of the dedicated health care workers working tirelessly and at their own risk to help others,
  • all of the grocery, prescription drug, restaurant, and other essential service workers making sure that our basic needs are met,
  • all of our Federal, State, and local elected leaders, and their staffs who are working around the clock to get us through this, and
  • the extra time with our families, and the ability to connect with distant family and friends via Skype, FaceTime, video conferencing, and more! This time is what you make of it, so make the most of it!
SUMMARY OF RESTRICTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
 
The City of Big Bear Lake has implemented various public health recommendations and restrictions for the past few weeks, and continues to do so.
 
The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:
  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
  • construction and repair activities may continue,
  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
  • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for very limited situations,
  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog. In addition to the restrictions outlined above, the City encourages everyone to heed the following recommendations:
  • diligently honor the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
  • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, 
  • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
  • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and 
  • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others! 
People in Big Bear Lake are being responsible, and the City appreciates everyone's cooperation - please keep it up!

SOME EMAIL PLATFORMS INADVERTENTLY FLAGGING CITY EMAILS - CITY EMAILS ARE SAFE, AND WE ARE WORKING TO RESOLVE

The City has implemented several new public communications strategies in recent weeks, and is committed to keeping our permanent residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the COVID-19 threats in Big Bear Lake and the City's efforts regarding COVID-19.
This email update is the 16th City update regarding COVID-19, and it has recently come to our attention that some subscribers may be receiving warning messages about the content of these emails. We believe this issue may be related to the various links included in the email, and we are working hard to resolve these issues.
 
Please continue to use these emails to stay updated about COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, and please share this information with others! We should have these issues resolved very soon.
 
ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS
 
On Friday, the US House of Representatives approved the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), and it was signed into law by President Trump. The CARES Act includes $2.2 trillion in aid for individuals, businesses, State and local government, and institutions. The CARES Act includes funding for loan and grant programs for various business sectors, including the tourism industry. City staff will be analyzing the CARES Act and monitoring new programs that are beneficial to our residents and businesses, and will share pertinent information with the Big Bear Lake community as it becomes known.
 
Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following: 
  • The City Council has taken action to prohibit residential and commercial evictions due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19, and Governor Newsom recently issued a new executive order to also prohibit evictions.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here. Applicants may also contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. 
  • Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. To learn more, click here. 
  • 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. 
  • The San Bernardino County Tax Collector has announced that late payment penalties will be waived for qualifying residential and business properties if property taxes are paid before June 30. To learn if you qualify, and other details, please call the San Bernardino Tax Collector's office at (909) 387-8308. 
For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett , Senior Administrative Services Analyst at 909-866-5831 .
 
LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, PHARMACIES ALL WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU!
 
Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
CVS is open from 9 am – 9 pm daily. Walgreens is also open from 9 am - 9 pm daily, with a special 8 am opening for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:
 
Ben & Jerry's
(909) 366-0474 – 652 Pine Knot Ave.
 
An Ran Ju Gelato & Teahouse
(909) 547-7576 - 546 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Wyatt's Grill and Saloon
(909) 585-3000 - 42900 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House
 (909) 878-0015 - 40729 Village Drive
 
Alpine Country Coffee Shop
(909) 866-1959 - 41546 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Grind & Grill Café
(909)866-5219 – 42011 Big Bear Blvd.
 
The Old German Deli
(909) 878-0515 -40645 Village Drive
 
Mountain Munchies
(909) 866-7767 – 42171 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Dank Donuts
(909) 547-6053 - 42612 Moonridge Rd.
 
Teddy Bear Restaurant
(909) 866-5415 - 583 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Big Bear Brewing Company
(909) 878-0283 - 40827 Stone Rd
 
The Boneyard Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0401 – 560 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Domino’s Pizza
(909) 866-3555 – 41234 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Nuevo Vallarta Grille
(909) 866-7355 – 40949 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Get the Burger
(909) 866-8800 – 42151 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Murray’s Saloon & Eatery
(909) 866-1444 – 672 Cottage Lane
 
Village Pizza
(909) 866-8505 – 40568 Village Dr.
 
Maggio’s Pizza
(909) 866-8815 – 42160 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Red Baron Pizza
(909) 866-4744 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Azteca Grill
(909) 866-2350 - 40199 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Country Kitchen
(909) 878-0364 – 39904 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Fuji Restaurant
(909) 866-8108 - 41025 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Denny’s
(909) 866-7842 – 41196 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Royal Thai
(909) 866-2808 – 40766 Village Dr.
 
Saucy Mama’s Pizza & Pasta
(909) 878-0165 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Chuang Dynasty
(909) 866-7887 – 40989 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Jersey Mike’s
(909) 866-0447 – 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
BLT’s Restaurant
(909) 866-6659 – 41799 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Santana & Maverick’s Unique Crafted Foods
(909) 878-0047 - 40771 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Café Crepe
(909) 809-2353 – 41003 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Sonora Cantina
(909) 866-8202 – 41144 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Barrel 33
(909) 878-0838 – 40754 Village Drive
 
Mountain Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0802 – 42164 Moonridge Rd.
 
McDonald’s
(909) 693-5233 - 41412 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Jack in the Box
(909) 866-6436 – 40771 Village Dr.
 
El Pollo Loco
(909) 866-1019 – 41383 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Taco Bell
(909) 866-7778 - 41170 Big Bear Blvd.
 
If you're tired of cooking, or miss your favorite spot in Big Bear Lake, please order take-out or have it delivered to your home. Please practice effective social distancing when you pick up your food, and wash your hands before and after you visit the restaurant!
 
If you own a local restaurant, and the City has accidentally not included you on this list, please reply to this email and let us know you are open. We are happy to add your restaurant to the list.
 
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The City of Big Bear Lake strives to keep our residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the City's issues and initiatives - including the COVID-19 threat - with an emphasis on information specific to Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley.
 
The easiest way to stay-informed is to sign up for the City's email newsletter and other updates. It's easy to sign up - simply visit the City's website and click on "Text & Email Notifications" in the top center of the homepage. Simply click on the link, enter your name and email address, and you're all set. Signing up will ensure that you receive periodic updates about COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City's new monthly newsletter - Elevation 6752', and other special communications from the City of Big Bear Lake for emergency situations, special events, and more.
 
In addition to the City's email updates, you can also get the latest information from the City of Big Bear Lake via the following digital platforms:
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Please help us spread the word, and share the City's digital communications platforms with your family, friends, other residents, property owners, frequent visitors, or anyone else who is interested in Big Bear Lake. Thank you!
 

Update #15 - COVID-19 Threats - March 28, 2020 

BIG BEAR LAKE SETTLES INTO LIFE WITH RESTRICTIONS, PLANNING EFFORTS CONTINUE

Like many places in the United States and California, the Big Bear Lake community is settling in to life under the significant restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19. Big Bear Lake has been under significant restrictions for more than two weeks now, and has been subject to Governor Newsom's "shelter in place" order for more than a week. 

The City, along with our other local government partners in Big Bear Valley, has worked hard to address the COVID-19 issue in our community up to this point, and continues to work hard to prepare for an escalation of COVID-19 - which we all obviously hope will not occur - but the planning work continues. In addition to planning for the potential escalation of COVID-19 cases in Big Bear Lake, we are actively planning for worsening local economic impacts, negative City financial impacts, and, importantly, for our community's eventual emergence from this unprecedented event in all of our lives. When this is all over, we want to make sure we're ready to KEEP our community safe, help our businesses rebound, and confidently welcome back our visitors to enjoy all of the great recreational opportunities in Big Bear Lake!
 
For the most part, Big Bear Lake looks like a ghost town during the morning and evening hours, with some movement around town during the main part of the day as people head out for food, supplies, or simply try to get out of the house for a little while. People in Big Bear Lake are being responsible, and heeding the Governor's, County's, and the City's orders, and the City appreciates everyone's cooperation - please keep it up!
 
As a reminder, the City encourages everyone to:
  • heed the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
  • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical,
  • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.
  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
  • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
  • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!
We will get through this together, and with everyone's continued cooperation and patience we can keep everyone safe and end the COVID-19 emergency sooner rather than later!

SOME EMAIL PLATFORMS INADVERTENTLY FLAGGING CITY EMAILS -CITY EMAILS ARE SAFE, AND WE ARE WORKING TO RESOLVE

The City has implemented several new public communications strategies in recent weeks, and is committed to keeping our permanent residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the COVID-19 threats in Big Bear Lake and the City's efforts regarding COVID-19.

Please continue to use these emails to stay updated about COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, and please share this information with others! We should have these issues resolved very soon.

COVID-19 DATA PROVIDES HELPFUL PERSPECTIVE 

Officially, as of March 28 there remains only one known, confirmed case of COVID-19 in the City of Big Bear Lake (Mayor Rick Herrick), however, another previously untested individual in unincorporated areas of the Big Bear Valley is believed to also have contracted COVID-19 and is currently being treated at a hospital in Loma Linda. San Bernardino County public health officials are expected to release location-specific data for all cities in the County early next week, and data regarding cases in Big Bear Lake will be more readily available at that time.
 
Based on reports from Bear Valley Community Hospital and the Big Bear Fire Department (the emergency medical services provider for our area), there have been relatively few individuals presenting to these agencies with symptoms. Bear Valley Community Hospital reported 0 patients in its facility this afternoon, and we all obviously hope this trend continues. Bear Valley Community Hospital does have a limited number of COVID-19 test kits available here in the Big Bear Valley, and has been performing tests on those individuals showing the most significant symptoms.
 
As of March 28, there are now 76 confirmed cases in San Bernardino County. A total of 961 patients have been tested, with approximately 8% of those tested confirmed as having COVID-19. Due to the scarcity of test kits up to this point, only those individuals with the most significant symptoms have been tested, and it is at least somewhat encouraging that only 8% of those exhibiting significant symptoms and actually tested have been confirmed with the virus.
 
In San Bernardino County, the virus has affected an equal number of men and women, while 29 of the 76 confirmed cases are between the ages of 18 and 49. A total of 12 cases are associated with an outbreak discovered earlier today at a nursing facility in Yucaipa.
 
San Bernardino County has developed a COVID-19 dashboard that provides helpful information about testing, confirmed cases, available hospital beds, and more, and can be viewed here.

CITY PARKS AND ALPINE PEDAL PATH REMAIN OPEN, BUT PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING 

EVERYONE is advised to continue to "shelter in place", however, it's permissible to be outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a hike, or ride a bike as long as you practice social distancing. City parks, including the Alpine Pedal Path, remain open for enjoyment by our residents, and we encourage everyone to get some exercise during these challenging times.
 
If you do plan to enjoy City parks or the Alpine Pedal Path, please heed the following recommendations:
  • enjoy these facilities by yourself, or in the same small family group with whom you are "sheltering in place",
  • avoid close contact with other users,
  • plan your visit for a time of day when not many others are present, and
  • wash your hands before venturing out, and wash your hands when you come back. 
The City hopes to keep these facilities open for public use through the COVID-19 emergency, however, overcrowding may result in the closure of these facilities in the future. Please act responsibly, and heed the recommendations noted above.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

In addition to the direct physical threat, the COVID-19 emergency is an incredibly stressful event for everyone. If you are overwhelmed, consumed by fear or anxiety, and need help, PLEASE contact the Community Crisis Response Team at (909) 421-9233. More information is available here.

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS 

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives approved the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), and it was signed into law by President Trump. The CARES Act includes $2.2 trillion in aid for individuals, businesses, State and local government, and institutions. The CARES Act includes funding for loan and grant programs for various business sectors, including the tourism industry. City staff will be analyzing the CARES Act and monitoring new programs that are beneficial to our residents and businesses, and will share pertinent information with the Big Bear Lake community as it becomes known.
 
Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following:
  • The City Council has taken action to prohibit residential and commercial evictions due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19, and Governor Newsom recently issued a new executive order to also prohibit evictions.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here. Applicants may also contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.
  • Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. To learn more, click here.
  • 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.
  • The San Bernardino County Tax Collector has announced that late payment penalties will be waived for qualifying residential and business properties if property taxes are paid before June 30. To learn if you qualify, and other details, please call the San Bernardino Tax Collector's office at (909) 387-8308.
For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett , Senior Administrative Services Analyst at 909-866-5831 .

KEY RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT IN BIG BEAR LAKE

The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:
  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
  • construction and repair activities may continue,
  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
  • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for very limited situations,
  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog.

LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, PHARMACIES ALL WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU!

Local grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies are all working hard to provide food, drugs, and other essential items for the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire valley during the COVID-19 emergency, and they are happy to serve you!
 
Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
CVS is open from 9 am – 9 pm daily. Walgreens is also open from 9 am - 9 pm daily, with a special 8 am opening for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:
Ben & Jerry's
(909) 366-0474 – 652 Pine Knot Ave.
 
An Ran Ju Gelato & Teahouse
(909) 547-7576 - 546 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Wyatt's Grill and Saloon
(909) 585-3000 - 42900 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House
 (909) 878-0015 - 40729 Village Drive
 
Alpine Country Coffee Shop
(909) 866-1959 - 41546 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Grind & Grill Café
(909)866-5219 – 42011 Big Bear Blvd.
 
The Old German Deli
(909) 878-0515 -40645 Village Drive
 
Mountain Munchies
(909) 866-7767 – 42171 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Dank Donuts
(909) 547-6053 - 42612 Moonridge Rd.
 
Teddy Bear Restaurant
(909) 866-5415 - 583 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Big Bear Brewing Company
(909) 878-0283 - 40827 Stone Rd
 
The Boneyard Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0401 – 560 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Domino’s Pizza
(909) 866-3555 – 41234 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Nuevo Vallarta Grille
(909) 866-7355 – 40949 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Get the Burger
(909) 866-8800 – 42151 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Murray’s Saloon & Eatery
(909) 866-1444 – 672 Cottage Lane
 
Village Pizza
(909) 866-8505 – 40568 Village Dr.
 
Maggio’s Pizza
(909) 866-8815 – 42160 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Red Baron Pizza
(909) 866-4744 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Azteca Grill
(909) 866-2350 - 40199 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Country Kitchen
(909) 878-0364 – 39904 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Fuji Restaurant
(909) 866-8108 - 41025 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Denny’s
(909) 866-7842 – 41196 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Royal Thai
(909) 866-2808 – 40766 Village Dr.
 
Saucy Mama’s Pizza & Pasta
(909) 878-0165 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.
 
Chuang Dynasty
(909) 866-7887 – 40989 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Jersey Mike’s
(909) 866-0447 – 42173 Big Bear Blvd.
 
BLT’s Restaurant
(909) 866-6659 – 41799 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Santana & Maverick’s Unique Crafted Foods
(909) 878-0047 - 40771 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Café Crepe
(909) 809-2353 – 41003 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Sonora Cantina
(909) 866-8202 – 41144 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Barrel 33
(909) 878-0838 – 40754 Village Drive
 
Mountain Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0802 – 42164 Moonridge Rd.
 
McDonald’s
(909) 693-5233 - 41412 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Jack in the Box
(909) 866-6436 – 40771 Village Dr.
 
El Pollo Loco
(909) 866-1019 – 41383 Big Bear Blvd.
 
Taco Bell
(909) 866-7778 - 41170 Big Bear Blvd.
 
If you're tired of cooking, or miss your favorite spot in Big Bear Lake, please order take-out or have it delivered to your home. Please practice effective social distancing when you pick up your food, and wash your hands before and after you visit the restaurant!
 
If you own a local restaurant, and the City has accidentally not included you on this list, please reply to this email and let us know you are open. We are happy to add your restaurant to the list.

COVID-19 INFORMATION HOTLINE 

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health operates a COVID-19 Hotline for residents with questions about COVID-19. Please call (909) 387-3911 for assistance.


Update #14 - COVID-19 Threats - March 27, 2020 4:30 p.m

CITY PARKS AND ALPINE PEDAL PATH REMAIN OPEN, BUT PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

EVERYONE is advised to continue to "shelter in place", however, it's permissible to be outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a hike, or ride a bike as long as you practice social distancing. City parks, including the Alpine Pedal Path, remain open for enjoyment by our residents, and we encourage everyone to get some exercise during these challenging times.

If you do plan to enjoy City parks or the Alpine Pedal Path, please heed the following recommendations:

  • enjoy these facilities by yourself, or in the same small family group with whom you are "sheltering in place",
  • avoid close contact with other users,
  • plan your visit for a time of day when not many others are present, and
  • wash your hands before venturing out, and wash your hands when you come back.

The City hopes to keep these facilities open for public use through the COVID-19 emergency, however, overcrowding may result in the closure of these facilities in the future. Please act responsibly, and heed the recommendations noted above.

MAYOR HERRICK CONTINUES RECOVERY, NO OTHER CITY OFFICIALS OR EMPLOYEES SHOWING SYMPTOMS

Mayor Rick Herrick continues to recover from COVID-19 at lower altitude, and is progressing well. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mayor Herrick and his family!

It's now been 14 days since Mayor Herrick began to self-quarantine, and 15 days since he last visited City Hall. Fortunately, no other City officials or employees have shown COVID-19 symptoms during this time. City Hall has been thoroughly disinfected and is cleaned multiple times each day, and has been closed to the general public for the past two weeks. City Hall has been operating with limited staff for the past week.

TESTING DATA IN SB COUNTY INDICATES APPROXIMATELY 8% OF THOSE ACTUALLY TESTED ARE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Although COVID-19 testing has been limited in San Bernardino County, like many places across the United States, the early testing results indicate that only approximately 8% of those tested have the COVID-19 virus. As of 8 am on March 27, a total of 674 patients have been tested in San Bernardino County, with a total of 55 positive tests.

San Bernardino County conducted its first drive-thru testing in San Bernardino earlier today, with nearly 400 samples taken. These test results are expected back in the coming days, and are expected to yield additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. The County is working to expand testing throughout the County in the coming days and weeks, with additional drive-thru locations planned.

City of Big Bear Lake, Bear Valley Community Hospital, and Big Bear Fire Department officials are actively working with County public health officials to arrange for expanded testing in the Big Bear Valley or in the overall mountain region. Bear Valley Community Hospital has a limited number of test kits available, and these tests are administered on a case-by-case basis to those exhibiting significant symptoms.

COVID-19 DASHBOARD INCLUDES LATEST DATA FOR SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

San Bernardino County has established a COVID-19 dashboard, with data about the number of confirmed cases, number of tests performed, number of deaths, and more. The new dashboard also includes helpful demographic data (including hospital beds) specific to San Bernardino County, and data on COVID-19 cases around the world. The new dashboard can be viewed at : https://sbcph.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/44bb35c804c44c8281da6d82ee602dff .

San Bernardino County is purposely not reporting the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases at this time so as to prevent people from believing a certain location is safe and to prevent panic in a certain location. The County is working to develop a tool to provide more location-specific information in the future, and the City of Big Bear Lake will share this information in future updates as it becomes available.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

In addition to the direct physical threat, the COVID-19 emergency is an incredibly stressful event for everyone. If you are overwhelmed, consumed by fear or anxiety, and need help, PLEASE contact the Community Crisis Response Team at (909) 421-9233. More information is available at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/crisis-services/ .

IF NECESSARY, ARE YOU WILLING TO OFFER YOUR SECOND HOME AS HOUSING FOR TEMPORARY HEALTH CARE WORKERS?

Fortunately, there continues to be only one confirmed case in the City of Big Bear Lake at this time, but additional cases are expected as testing expands in the coming days and weeks. Bear Valley Community Hospital and Big Bear Fire Department officials continue contingency planning efforts in an effort to be as well-prepared as possible for all potential COVID-19 scenarios, including the potential need for additional temporary health care workers.

If you own a second home in Big Bear Lake, and are interested in making your home available for a temporary health care worker, please contact your vacation rental agency or the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce at (909) 866-4607. We all hope and pray that this ultimately won't be necessary, but want to be prepared!

ASSUME THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE - PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY!

The City encourages everyone to ASSUME THAT THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE, and act responsibly:

  • heed the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
  • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, and don't invite large groups to shelter in place with you,
  • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
  • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
  • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!

It's in everyone's best interest to adhere to these recommendations so we can resolve this crisis sooner rather than later!

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS

Earlier today, the US House of Representatives approved the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), and it was signed into law by President Trump. The CARES Act includes $2.2 trillion in aid for individuals, businesses, State and local government, and institutions. The CARES Act includes funding for loan and grant programs for various business sectors, including the tourism industry. City staff will be analyzing the CARES Act and monitoring new programs that are beneficial to our residents and businesses, and will share pertinent information with the Big Bear Lake community as it becomes known.

Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following:

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ . Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
  • Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. To learn more, please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm .
  • The San Bernardino County Tax Collector has announced that late payment penalties will be waived for qualifying residential and business properties if property taxes are paid before June 30. To learn if you qualify, and other details, please call the San Bernardino Tax Collector's office at (909) 387-8308.

For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst, at 909-866-5831 or .

KEY RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT IN BIG BEAR LAKE

The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:

  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
  • construction and repair activities may continue,
  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
  • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for limited situations,
  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog.

LODGING FACILITIES AND VACATION RENTALS MAY NOT OPERATE

In response to the Governor's "shelter in place" order, and after receiving additional clarification, the City of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County (which has authority over all other areas in Big Bear Valley not in the City limits) have both enacted restrictions on lodging facilities and vacation rentals.

Lodging facilities and vacation rentals may only operate under the following circumstances:

  • to provide accommodations for critical infrastructure workers,
  • if specifically designated by the State or County to house confirmed COVID-19 patients (currently not the case and highly unlikely in the future), and
  • to serve existing guests who were already here prior to March 23, provided the existing guests "shelter in place" at the lodging facility or vacation rental.

City code enforcement staff are actively investigating potential violations. To report a violation of this order, please call (909) 866-CODE

It is important to note that the second home owners, including those who also participate in the City's vacation rental program, are permitted to occupy the home themselves and are not subject to the City's vacation rental regulations.

FLEXIBLE RESCHEDULING OPTIONS AND CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS

The City of Big Bear Lake and Visit Big Bear encourage all of our visitors to be safe and "shelter in place" in your home community.

Big Bear Lake lodging establishments and vacation rental companies understand the significance of this crisis, and are offering flexible rescheduling options, credits, and more to make your future visit to Big Bear Lake as enjoyable as possible. Please contact your lodging provider or vacation rental company to reschedule your visit.

We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 emergency has been resolved, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community!

LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, PHARMACIES ALL WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU!

Local grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies are all working hard to provide food, drugs, and other essential items for the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire valley during the COVID-19 emergency, and they are happy to serve you!

Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.

CVS is open from 9 am – 9 pm daily. Walgreens is also open from 9 am - 9 pm daily, with a special 8 am opening for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.

There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:

Ben & Jerry's
(909) 366-0474 – 652 Pine Knot Ave

 Wyatt's Grill and Saloon
(909) 585-3000 - 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House
 (909) 878-0015 - 40729 Village Drive

Alpine Country Coffee Shop
(909) 866-1959 - 41546 Big Bear Blvd.

Grind & Grill Café
(909)866-5219 – 42011 Big Bear Blvd.

The Old German Deli
(909) 878-0515 -40645 Village Drive

Mountain Munchies
(909) 866-7767 – 42171 Big Bear Blvd.

Dank Donuts
(909) 547-6053 - 42612 Moonridge Rd.

Teddy Bear Restaurant
(909) 866-5415 - 583 Pine Knot Ave.

Big Bear Brewing Company
(909) 878-0283 - 40827 Stone Rd

The Boneyard Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0401 – 560 Pine Knot Ave.

Domino’s Pizza
(909) 866-3555 – 41234 Big Bear Blvd.

Nuevo Vallarta Grille
(909) 866-7355 – 40949 Big Bear Blvd.

Get the Burger
(909) 866-8800 – 42151 Big Bear Blvd.

Murray’s Saloon & Eatery
(909) 866-1444 – 672 Cottage Lane

Village Pizza
(909) 866-8505 – 40568 Village Dr.

Maggio’s Pizza
(909) 866-8815 – 42160 Big Bear Blvd.

Red Baron Pizza
(909) 866-4744 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.

Azteca Grill
(909) 866-2350 - 40199 Big Bear Blvd.

Country Kitchen
(909) 878-0364 – 39904 Big Bear Blvd.

Fuji Restaurant

(909) 866-8108 - 41025 Big Bear Blvd.

Denny’s
(909) 866-7842 – 41196 Big Bear Blvd.

Royal Thai
(909) 866-2808 – 40766 Village Dr.

Saucy Mama’s Pizza & Pasta
(909) 878-0165 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.

Chuang Dynasty
(909) 866-7887 – 40989 Big Bear Blvd.

Jersey Mike’s

(909) 866-0447 – 42173 Big Bear Blvd.

BLT’s Restaurant
(909) 866-6659 – 41799 Big Bear Blvd.

Santana & Maverick’s Unique Crafted Foods
(909) 878-0047 - 40771 Big Bear Blvd.

Café Crepe
(909) 809-2353 – 41003 Big Bear Blvd.

Sonora Cantina
(909) 866-8202 – 41144 Big Bear Blvd.

Barrel 33
(909) 878-0838 – 40754 Village Drive

Mountain Bar & Grill
(909) 878-0802 – 42164 Moonridge Rd.

McDonald’s
(909) 693-5233 - 41412 Big Bear Blvd.

Jack in the Box
(909) 866-6436 – 40771 Village Dr.

El Pollo Loco
(909) 866-1019 – 41383 Big Bear Blvd.

Taco Bell
(909) 866-7778 - 41170 Big Bear Blvd.

If you're tired of cooking, or miss your favorite spot in Big Bear Lake, please order take-out or have it delivered to your home. Please practice effective social distancing when you pick up your food, and wash your hands before and after you visit the restaurant!

If you own a local restaurant, and the City has accidentally not included you on this list, please reply to this email and let us know you are open. We are happy to add your restaurant to the list.

COVID-19 INFORMATION HOTLINE

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health operates a COVID-19 Hotline for residents with questions about COVID-19. Please call (909) 387-3911 for assistance.

HELPFUL RESOURCES 

The Centers for Disease Control website includes a wealth of information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html .

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health includes information specific to our county at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ .


Update #13 - COVID-19 Threats - March 26, 2020 5 p.m.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ESTABLISHES COVID-19 DASHBOARD

San Bernardino County has established a COVID-19 dashboard, with data about the number of confirmed cases, number of tests performed, number of deaths, and more. The new dashboard also includes helpful demographic data (including hospital beds) specific to San Bernardino County, and data on COVID-19 cases around the world. The new dashboard can be viewed at : https://sbcph.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/44bb35c804c44c8281da6d82ee602dff .

As of March 25, a total 549 patients have been tested in San Bernardino County, with 54 positive tests / confirmed cases (approximately 10% of the patients tested). As COVID-19 testing becomes more widespread, we expect the total number of patients tested and positive tests / confirmed cases to increase.

San Bernardino County is purposely not reporting the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases at this time so as to prevent people from believing a certain location is safe and to prevent panic in a certain location. The County is working to develop a tool to provide more location-specific information in the future, and the City of Big Bear Lake will share this information in future updates as it becomes available.

The County and the City encourage everyone to ASSUME THAT THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE, and act responsibly:

  • heed the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
  • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, and don't invite large groups to shelter in place with you,
  • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
  • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
  • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!

It's in everyone's best interest to adhere to these recommendations so we can resolve this crisis sooner rather than later!

CITY, HOSPITAL, FIRE DEPT PURSUING DRIVE-THRU TESTING FOR BIG BEAR VALLEY

San Bernardino County will operate its first drive-thru testing site on Friday, and will be working to expand drive-thru testing to other jurisdictions as more test kits become available in the future. The City of Big Bear Lake, Bear Valley Community Hospital, and the Big Bear Fire Department are actively pursuing the establishment of a drive-thru test site either in the Big Bear Valley or somewhere nearby in the mountain communities. Further information will be provided in future updates as it becomes available. At this time, Bear Valley Community Hospital has a limited supply of COVID-19 tests, and these tests are being allocated to patients who are critically ill and meet guidelines set by public health officials. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call the hospital or your medical provider for guidance on where to seek a COVID-19 test.

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS

Various assistance programs are already available or being developed to aid those impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, new Federal legislation this week is expected to include significant assistance for individuals and various business sectors, including the tourism industry, and various loans and grants are anticipated. The City will continue to monitor these opportunities, and share pertinent information with the Big Bear Lake community as it becomes available.

Among the assistance previously announced:

For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst, at 909-866-5831 or .

CITY AND OTHER PARTNERS ATTEMPTING TO SALVAGE JULY 4 FIREWORKS

The annual July 4 fireworks show is heavily supported by private contributions and donations, supplemental contributions from the City of Big Bear Lake and Visit Big Bear, and significant volunteer efforts by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake. The initial deposit for the 2020 show is due in early April, and the COVID-19 emergency will significantly impair fundraising activities. City officials are currently working with other partners to develop a fiscally-responsible plan to continue this great annual tradition, either on July 4 or later in 2020 (depending on public health concerns on July 4), and more details will be announced at a later date.

LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, PHARMACIES ALL WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU!

Local grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies are all working hard to provide food, drugs, and other essential items for the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire valley during the COVID-19 emergency, and they are happy to serve you!

Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.

CVS is open from 9 am – 9 pm daily. Walgreens is also open from 9 am - 9 pm daily, with a special 8 am opening for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.

There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:

Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House

 (909) 878-0015 - 40729 Village Drive

Alpine Country Coffee Shop

(909) 866-1959 - 41546 Big Bear Blvd.

Grind & Grill Café

(909)866-5219 – 42011 Big Bear Blvd.

The Old German Deli

(909) 878-0515 -40645 Village Drive

Mountain Munchies

(909) 866-7767 – 42171 Big Bear Blvd.

Dank Donuts

(909) 547-6053 - 42612 Moonridge Rd.

Teddy Bear Restaurant

(909) 866-5415 - 583 Pine Knot Ave.

Big Bear Brewing Company

(909) 878-0283 - 40827 Stone Rd

The Boneyard Bar & Grill

(909) 878-0401 – 560 Pine Knot Ave.

Domino’s Pizza

(909) 866-3555 – 41234 Big Bear Blvd.

Nuevo Vallarta Grille

(909) 866-7355 – 40949 Big Bear Blvd.

Get the Burger

(909) 866-8800 – 42151 Big Bear Blvd.

Murray’s Saloon & Eatery

(909) 866-1444 – 672 Cottage Lane

Village Pizza

(909) 866-8505 – 40568 Village Dr.

Maggio’s Pizza

(909) 866-8815 – 42160 Big Bear Blvd.

Red Baron Pizza

(909) 866-4744 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.

Azteca Grill

(909) 866-2350 - 40199 Big Bear Blvd.

Fire Rock Burgers & Brews

(909) 878-0696 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.

Country Kitchen

(909) 878-0364 – 39904 Big Bear Blvd.

Fuji Restaurant

(909) 866-8108 - 41025 Big Bear Blvd.

Denny’s

(909) 866-7842 – 41196 Big Bear Blvd.

Royal Thai

(909) 866-2808 – 40766 Village Dr.

Saucy Mama’s Pizza & Pasta

(909) 878-0165 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.

Chuang Dynasty

(909) 866-7887 – 40989 Big Bear Blvd.

Jersey Mike’s

(909) 866-0447 – 42173 Big Bear Blvd.

BLT’s Restaurant

(909) 866-6659 – 41799 Big Bear Blvd.

Santana & Maverick’s Unique Crafted Foods

(909) 878-0047 - 40771 Big Bear Blvd.

Café Crepe

(909) 809-2353 – 41003 Big Bear Blvd.

Sonora Cantina

(909) 866-8202 – 41144 Big Bear Blvd.

Barrel 33

(909) 878-0838 – 40754 Village Drive

Sizzler

(909) 866-1055 – 42137 Big Bear Blvd.

               

Mountain Bar & Grill

(909) 878-0802 – 42164 Moonridge Rd.

Nottingham Restaurant

(909) 866-4644 – 40797 Big Bear Blvd.

McDonald’s

(909) 693-5233 - 41412 Big Bear Blvd.

Jack in the Box

(909) 866-6436 – 40771 Village Dr.

El Pollo Loco

(909) 866-1019 – 41383 Big Bear Blvd.

Taco Bell

(909) 866-7778 - 41170 Big Bear Blvd.

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION HOTLINE

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health operates a COVID-19 Hotline for residents with questions about COVID-19. Please call (909) 387-3911 for assistance.

 


Update #12- COVID-19 Threats - March 25, 2020 4 p.m.

BEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WORKING HARD FOR THE BIG BEAR LAKE COMMUNITY

Bear Valley Community Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare services to our community during the COVID-19 emergency, and is working hard for the Big Bear Lake community!

The safety of patients, visitors, employees, and physicians remains their highest priority, and they have been working to prepare our hospital and clinics for caring for those who need help during this time. 

These are some of the things that Bear Valley Community Hospital has accomplished thus far:

      • developed a screening process for each of the entrances to the hospital and outpatient clinics,
      • created an outdoor screening and triage process for Emergency Department patients,
      • acquired additional ventilators,
      • assembled emergency respiratory kits,
      • increased staffing in the Respiratory Therapy department,
      • created additional isolation and negative pressure patient rooms,
      • hired additional Registered Nurses and EMTs in the Emergency Department,
      • developed a plan for expanded capacity in the Emergency Department,
      • re-arranged services to keep outpatient lab draws and EKG away from the patient care areas in the hospital, and
      • gathered supplies for patient care and Personal Protective Equipment for hospital staff.

The hospital notes that the will be some differences in the care that you receive when you come to the hospital or the clinic.  Here are some things that you can expect:

      • you will be screened and asked to wash your hands before entering the hospital,
      • you may be treated from your car,
      • your appointment may be rescheduled as a telemedicine or phone appointment,
      • clinics are not seeing walk-in patients, but same-day appointments may be available,
      • visitors are not allowed in patient care areas, and
      • if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, hospital staff will be wearing PPE when they care for you; this may include things like a mask or hood, gown, protective suit, gloves, goggles and/or face shield.

Bear Valley Community Hospital advises that patients who are concerned that they have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider by telephone to discuss their symptoms. They note that most people infected with COVID-19 have mild cold symptoms, however, a small fraction of people may require more intensive care. Patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and experiencing increased shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing should come to the Emergency Department.  If time allows, the patient should notify the hospital ahead of time so that they can prepare for your arrival.

At this time, Bear Valley Community Hospital has a limited supply of COVID-19 tests, and these tests are being allocated to patients who are critically ill and meet guidelines set by public health officials. If you are tested for COVID-19 and are in stable condition you will be discharged home with instructions on self-quarantine and isolation.  If you require hospitalization, the hospital is prepared to stabilize you in the ED and either admit you here or transfer you to another hospital if you need specialized services that are not available on the mountain.

To contact Bear Valley Community Hospital, please call (909) 866-6501.

Bear Valley Community Hospital staff continue to work hard to do everything they can to be prepared to assist our community, and we are fortunate to have their dedicated service! Fortunately, there is still only one known case Big Bear Lake (Mayor Herrick), however, Bear Valley Community Hospital stands ready to assist others in need.  

ASSUME THE VIRUS IS EVERYWHERE, AND ACT RESPONSIBLY!

Due to testing delays, new cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed every day in California, and public health officials have advised that everyone should assume that anyone (even those without obvious symptoms) could have COVID-19 and unintentionally affect others.

Please do your part to limit community transmission of COVID-19 and keep yourself, your family, and your neighbors safe. PLEASE act responsibly:

      • heed the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
      • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, and don't invite large groups to shelter in place with you,
      • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
      • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
      • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
      • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far away from others!

It's in everyone's best interest to adhere to these recommendations so we can resolve this crisis sooner rather than later!

SR 330 WORK UNDERWAY, CITY HOPEFUL FOR GOOD PROGRESS DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY

Caltrans has begun work on an important bridge rail replacement project on State Route (SR) 330 at the West Fork City Creek Bridge. One lane will be closed, and a solar traffic signal will regulate traffic through the construction zone over the next several months. Motorists are reminded that alternate routes are available on SR 18 through Crestline and Rimforest, and also on SR 38 through Mentone and Angelus Oaks. Although these routes are slightly longer, the actual travel time will likely be similar or shorter than SR 330 during construction.

City officials and other community leaders are working with Caltrans to mitigate the traffic impacts associated with this project, and remain hopeful that significant progress will occur during the COVID-19 emergency. Once the COVID-19 emergency has ended, it will be important to promote efficient traffic flow to and from Big Bear Lake to restore the local tourism economy, and City officials will be working toward that end.  

BE AWARE OF COVID-19 CYBER SCAMS!

cyber scam

 

LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS, PHARMACIES ARE ALL WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU!

Local grocery stores, restaurants, and pharmacies are all working hard to provide food, drugs, and other essential items for the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire valley during the COVID-19 emergency, and they are happy to serve you!

Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7:45 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.

CVS is open from 9 am – 9 pm daily. Walgreens is also open from 9 am - 9 pm daily, with a special 8 am opening for senior citizens on Tuesdays. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.

There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:

Amangela’s Sandwich & Bagel House - (909) 878-0015 - 40729 Village Drive

Alpine Country Coffee Shop - (909) 866-1959 - 41546 Big Bear Blvd.

Grind & Grill Café - (909)866-5219 – 42011 Big Bear Blvd.

The Old German Deli - (909) 878-0515 -40645 Village Drive

Mountain Munchies - (909) 866-7767 – 42171 Big Bear Blvd.

Dank Donuts - (909) 547-6053 - 42612 Moonridge Rd.

Teddy Bear Restaurant - (909) 866-5415 - 583 Pine Knot Ave.

Big Bear Brewing Company - (909) 878-0283 - 40827 Stone Rd

The Boneyard Bar & Grill - (909) 878-0401 – 560 Pine Knot Ave.

Domino’s Pizza - (909) 866-3555 – 41234 Big Bear Blvd.

Nuevo Vallarta Grille - (909) 866-7355 – 40949 Big Bear Blvd.

Get the Burger - (909) 866-8800 – 42151 Big Bear Blvd.

Murray’s Saloon & Eatery - (909) 866-1444 – 672 Cottage Lane

Village Pizza - (909) 866-8505 – 40568 Village Dr.

Maggio’s Pizza - (909) 866-8815 – 42160 Big Bear Blvd.

Red Baron Pizza - (909) 866-4744 - 42173 Big Bear Blvd.

Azteca Grill - (909) 866-2350 - 40199 Big Bear Blvd.

Fuji Restaurant - (909) 866-8108 - 41025 Big Bear Blvd.

Denny’s - (909) 866-7842 – 41196 Big Bear Blvd.

Royal Thai - (909) 866-2808 – 40766 Village Dr.

Saucy Mama’s Pizza & Pasta - (909) 878-0165 – 618 Pine Knot Ave.

Chuang Dynasty - (909) 866-7887 – 40989 Big Bear Blvd.

Jersey Mike’s - (909) 866-0447 – 42173 Big Bear Blvd.

BLT’s Restaurant - (909) 866-6659 – 41799 Big Bear Blvd.

Santana & Maverick’s Unique Crafted Foods - (909) 878-0047 - 40771 Big Bear Blvd.

Café Crepe - (909) 809-2353 – 41003 Big Bear Blvd.

Sonora Cantina - (909) 866-8202 – 41144 Big Bear Blvd.

Sizzler - (909) 866-1055 – 42137 Big Bear Blvd.

Gaby’s Latin Flavors - (909) 878-0744 – 41618 Big Bear Blvd.

Tropicali - (909) 878-0499 – 40616 Village Dr.

McDonald’s - (909) 693-5233 - 41412 Big Bear Blvd.

Jack in the Box - (909) 866-6436 – 40771 Village Dr.

El Pollo Loco - (909) 866-1019 – 41383 Big Bear Blvd.

Taco Bell - (909) 866-7778 - 41170 Big Bear Blvd.

If you're tired of cooking, or miss your favorite spot in Big Bear Lake, please order take-out or have it delivered to your home. Please practice effective social distancing when you pick up your food, and wash your hands before and after you visit the restaurant!

If you own a local restaurant, and the City has accidentally not included you on this list, please reply to this email and let us know you are open. We are happy to add your restaurant to the list.

 

CITY WORKING WITH AIRBnB ON VACATION RENTAL ISSUES, LODGING FACILITIES AND VACATION RENTALS MAY NOT OPERATE

In response to the Governor's "shelter in place" order, and after receiving additional clarification, the City of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County (which has authority over all other areas in Big Bear Valley not in the City limits) have both enacted restrictions on lodging facilities and vacation rentals.

Lodging facilities and vacation rentals may only operate under the following circumstances:

      • to provide accommodations for critical infrastructure workers,
      • if specifically designated by the State or County to house confirmed COVID-19 patients (currently not the case and highly unlikely in the future), and
      • to serve existing guests who were already here prior to March 23, provided the existing guests "shelter in place" at the lodging facility or vacation rental.

The City has received excellent cooperation from local lodging facilities and local vacation rental management companies, who are concerned about the health of our community and who have acted prudently and ceased operations. The City is currently working directly with AirBnB and self-managed vacation rental owners to enforce these restrictions.  

To report a violation of this order, please call (909) 866-CODE.

It is important to note that the second homeowners, including those who also participate in the City's vacation rental program, are permitted to occupy the home themselves and are not subject to the City's vacation rental regulations.

FLEXIBLE RESCHEDULING OPTIONS AND CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS

The City of Big Bear Lake and Visit Big Bear encourage all of our visitors to be safe and "shelter in place" in your home community.

Big Bear Lake lodging establishments and vacation rental companies understand the significance of this crisis, and are offering flexible rescheduling options, credits, and more to make your future visit to Big Bear Lake as enjoyable as possible. Please contact your lodging provider or vacation rental company to reschedule your visit.

We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 emergency has been resolved, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community!

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY PROPERTY TAX COLLECTOR ANNOUNCES PENALTY RELIEF FOR QUALIFIED PROPERTY TAXPAYERS

Local property taxes are due on April 10, and all property taxpayers are encouraged to remit property taxes by this deadline. Due to hardships resulting from the COVID-19 emergency, the San Bernardino County Tax Collector has announced that late payment penalties will be waived for qualifying residential and business properties if property taxes are paid before June 30. To learn if you qualify, and other details, please call the San Bernardino Tax Collector's office at (909) 387-8308. 

MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT ANNOUNCES RAMP OPENING DATE, FISHING PERMITTED FROM SHORE WITH EFFECTIVE SOCIAL DISTANCING

Consistent spring weather is just about here, and the Municipal Water District has announced that the eastern ramp on Big Bear Lake will open for boaters on April 7, unless public health restrictions dictate otherwise. Fishing from shore is currently allowed around Big Bear Lake, however, effective social distancing is required.

CITY AND OTHER AGENCIES CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES

In response to Governor Newsom's "shelter in place" order and the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City has adjusted its operations to essential services and essential personnel only. City staff will continue to maintain critical infrastructure and perform essential services, however, other services will be temporarily suspended.

The City will continue to provide the following essential services while the COVID-19 threats persist:

  • COVID-19 emergency response,
  • COVID-19 public communications,
  • law enforcement (through SB County Sheriff's Department),
  • code enforcement,
  • fire suppression and emergency medical services (through the Big Bear Fire Department),
  • snow removal,
  • public water supply (through the DWP),
  • wastewater collection,
  • solid waste collection (through Big Bear Disposal),
  • City buildings and facilities maintenance,
  • building inspections, and
  • critical street maintenance.

City Hall remains open for essential services and essential personnel, and essential City staff are available for telephone - (909) 866-5832 - and email inquiries.

The City will resume normal operations after the COVID-19 threat has passed.

KEY RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT IN BIG BEAR LAKE

The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:

  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
  • construction and repair activities may continue,
  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
  • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for situations described above,
  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog.

Update #11- COVID-19 Threats - March 24, 2020 6 p.m.

FIRST COVID-19 DEATH REPORTED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Sadly, San Bernardino County officials reported the first COVID-19 death in San Bernardino County this afternoon. The patient was a 50-year old male with underlying health conditions.
 
All of us at the City of Big Bear Lake extend our condolences to the victim's family. This sad event is a stark reminder of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, and underscores the need for everyone to act responsibly.
 
There are now a total of 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County.
 
 
MAYOR HERRICK STILL RECOVERING
 
Mayor Rick Herrick, the City's only known COVID-19 case to date, continues to recover from the virus.
 
On advice from his doctor, Mayor Herrick has temporarily relocated to lower altitude and is recuperating in a private home. Mayor Herrick remains fully engaged in the City's COVID-19 response, and continues to urge everyone to abide by "shelter in place" restrictions, practice effective social distancing, and proper personal hygiene.
 
All of us at the City of Big Bear Lake wish Mayor Herrick a full and speedy recovery.
 
 
LOCAL GROCERY STORES, RESTAURANTS WORKING HARD TO SERVE YOU
 
Local grocery stores and restaurants are working hard to provide food and other essential items for the people of Big Bear Lake and the entire valley during the COVID-19 emergency, and are happy to serve you!
 
Von's is open to the general public from 9 am - 9 pm each day, and offers "Golden Hours" for senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with disabilities each Monday - Friday from 7 am to 9 am in order to provide a safer shopping environment. Stater Brothers is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm, with early entry for senior citizens at 7:45 am each day. Both stores have limits on the purchase of certain items.
 
There are many great restaurants in Big Bear Lake, and these restaurants are all offering take-out and/or delivery options:
      • Amangela's
      • Alpine Country Coffee Shop
      • Grind and Grille Cafe
      • German Deli
      • Mountain Munchies
      • Dank Donuts
      • Teddy Bear Restaurant
      • Big Bear Brewing Company
      • Boneyard BBQ
      • Domino's Pizza
      • Nuevo Vallarta Grille
      • Get The Burger
      • Murray's Saloon & Eatery
      • Village Pizza
      • Azteca Mexican Grill
      • Red Baron
      • Fuji Restaurant
      • Denny's
      • Royal Thai
      • Saucy Mama's Pizza & Pasta
      • Chuang Dynasty
      • Jersey Mike's
      • BLT's
      • Santana & Mavericks Unique Crafted Foods
      • McDonald's
      • Jack In The Box
      • El Pollo Loco
      • Taco Bell
If you're tired of cooking, or miss your favorite spot in Big Bear Lake, please order take-out or have it delivered to your home. Please practice effective social distancing when you pick up your food, and wash your hands before and after you visit the restaurant!
 
If you own a local restaurant, and the City has accidentally not included you on this list, please reply to this email and let us know you are open. We are happy to add your restaurant to the list.
 
LODGING FACILITIES AND VACATION RENTALS MAY NOT OPERATE, OWNERS OF SECOND HOMES MAY UTILIZE THEIR HOMES
 
In response to the Governor's "shelter in place" order, and after receiving additional clarification, the City of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County (which has authority over all other areas in Big Bear Valley not in the City limits) have both enacted restrictions on lodging facilities and vacation rentals.
 
Lodging facilities and vacation rentals may only operate under the following circumstances:
      • to provide accommodations for critical infrastructure workers,
      • if specifically designated by the State or County to house confirmed COVID-19 patients (currently not the case and highly unlikely in the future), and
      • to serve existing guests who were already here prior to March 23, provided the existing guests "shelter in place" at the lodging facility or vacation rental.
The City has received excellent cooperation from local lodging facilities and local vacation rental management companies, who are concerned about the health of our community and who have acted prudently and ceased operations.  Unfortunately, the City has not received the same level of cooperation from AirBnB and other self-management platforms, and the City has communicated directly with the owners of these vacation rental units to notify them of this requirement.
 
To report a violation of this order, please call (909) 866-CODE.
 
It is important to note that the second home owners, including those who also participate in the City's vacation rental program, are permitted to occupy the home themselves and are not subject to the City's vacation rental regulations.
 
FLEXIBLE RESCHEDULING OPTIONS AND CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS
 
The City of Big Bear Lake and Visit Big Bear encourage all of our visitors to be safe and "shelter in place" in your home community.
 
Big Bear Lake lodging establishments and vacation rental companies understand the significance of this crisis, and are offering flexible rescheduling options, credits, and more to make your future visit to Big Bear Lake as enjoyable as possible. Please contact your lodging provider or vacation rental company to reschedule your visit.
 
We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 threat has passed, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community!
 
PLEASE DO YOUR PART! HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AND GET THIS OVER WITH!
 
We ALL have a responsibility to each other to act responsibly and heed the recommendations of public health officials, and the more diligent we all are, the quicker we will all get through this crisis. PLEASE do your part, and:
 
      • heed the Governor's order to "shelter in place",
      • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, and don't invite large groups to shelter in place with you,
      • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
      •  keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
      • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
      • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!

 


 

Update #10 - COVID-19 Threats - March 23, 2020 - 7 p.m.  

LET'S GET THROUGH THIS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER! PLEASE DO YOUR PART!
 
Although it seems like it's been much longer, it's now been 11 days since COVID-19 began to significantly disrupt everyone's everyday lives. Of course, this disruption and inconvenience pales in comparison to the experience of those afflicted with COVID-19 and their families, and it's important for all of us in Big Bear Lake to recognize that our individual actions may significantly impact someone else - in both positive and negative ways. We all have a responsibility to each other to act responsibly and heed the recommendations of public health officials, and the more diligent we all are, the quicker we will all get through this crisis.
 
The inconvenience is already here, the economic harm is already significant, and the worry about the future continues. We can't undo the events of the past 11 days, but we can ALL do our part to keep our neighbors safe, resolve this crisis, and get back to normal sooner rather than later. PLEASE do your part, and:
      • heed the Governor's order to "shelter in place", and don't go out unless you absolutely have to do so,
      • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, and don't invite large groups to shelter in place with you,
      • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,
      • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,
      • wash your hands ALL THE TIME, and
      • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!

CITY COUNCIL RATIFIES EMERGENCY DECLARATION, IMPLEMENTS PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS, PROHIBITS PRICE GOUGING

Earlier today, the City Council formally ratified the City Manager's initial emergency declaration, and received an update from City staff and other officials on the City's COVID-19 efforts to date. City Council also discussed potential future actions to resolve the crisis and mitigate the economic harm in the community.
 
The new emergency declaration adopted by the Council includes several key provisions, including protections for residential and commercial tenants that are harmed by the COVID-19 crisis. The Council-adopted resolution establishes a temporary moratorium (60 days) on eviction for non-payment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19. It is important to note that the tenant is still liable for payment of rent (within 6 months after the emergency), but the landlord may not evict the tenant or charge late fees if the economic hardship is caused by COVID-19. The new emergency declaration also makes it unlawful for businesses to engage in price gouging, and prohibits charging prices more than 10% higher than normal for goods and services.

CITY AND OTHER AGENCIES CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES

In response to Governor Newsom's "shelter in place" order and the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City has adjusted its operations to essential services and essential personnel only. City staff will continue to maintain critical infrastructure and perform essential services, however, other services will be temporarily suspended.
 
The City will continue to provide the following essential services while the COVID-19 threats persist:
 
      • COVID-19 emergency response,
      • COVID-19 public communications,
      • law enforcement (through SB County Sheriff's Department),
      • code enforcement,
      • fire suppression and emergency medical services (through the Big Bear Fire Department),
      • snow removal,
      • public water supply (through the DWP),
      • wastewater collection,
      • solid waste collection (through Big Bear Disposal),
      • City buildings and facilities maintenance,
      • building inspections, and 
      • critical street maintenance.
 
City Hall remains open for essential services and essential personnel, and essential City staff are available for telephone - (909) 866-5832 - and email inquiries.
 
The City will resume normal operations after the COVID-19 threat has passed.
 

FLEXIBLE RESCHEDULING OPTIONS AND CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS

The City of Big Bear Lake and Visit Big Bear encourage all of our visitors to be safe and "shelter in place" in your home community.
 
Big Bear Lake lodging establishments and vacation rental companies understand the significance of this crisis, and are offering flexible rescheduling options, credits, and more to make your future visit to Big Bear Lake as enjoyable as possible. Please contact your lodging provider or vacation rental company to reschedule your visit.
 
We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 threat has passed, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community!
 
 
LODGING FACILITIES AND VACATION RENTALS MAY NOT OPERATE, OWNERS OF SECOND HOMES MAY UTILIZE THEIR HOMES
In response to the Governor's "shelter in place" order, and after receiving additional clarification, the City and San Bernardino County (which has authority over all other areas in Big Bear Valley not in the City limits) have both enacted restrictions on lodging facilities and vacation rentals.
 
Lodging facilities and vacation rentals may only operate under the following circumstances:
      • to provide accommodations for critical infrastructure workers,
      • if specifically designated by the State or County to house confirmed COVID-19 patients (currently not the case and highly unlikely in the future), and
      • to serve existing guests who were already here prior to today, provided these existing guests "shelter in place" at the lodging facility or vacation rental.
 
To report a violation of this order, please call (909) 866-CODE.
 
It is important to note that the second home owners, including those who also participate in the City's vacation rental program, are permitted to occupy the home themselves and are not subject to the City's vacation rental regulations.
 

KEY RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT IN BIG BEAR LAKE

The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:
      • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
      • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
      • construction and repair activities may continue,
      • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate, 
      • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
      • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for situations described above,
      • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
      • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog.

 

MOUNTAIN TRANSIT ADJUSTS SERVICE SCHEDULE, SUSPENDS FARES

Mountain Transit has adjusted service due to COVID-19, but continues to offer limited fixed-route and dial-a-ride service to ensure that transportation is available to those with essential needs during this crisis. All fares have been suspended. For more information, please visit http://mountaintransit.org/ or call (909) 878-5200.

 

PLEASE DON'T FLUSH DISINFECTING WIPES, PAPER TOWELS, OR FLUSHABLE WIPES DOWN THE TOILET - THROW THEM AWAY INSTEAD

The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) encourages everyone to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, however, it is important to discard those items in a sealed trash bag and not the toilet.  
 
Flushing disinfecting wipes, flushable wipes, paper towels, and similar products down toilets will clog sewer mainlines and cause backups and overflows at our treatment plant, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the package says “flushable”, flushable wipes clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection. Wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper. Please throw these items in a sealed trash bag instead! 
 

PLEASE SEAL TRASH BAGS APPROPRIATELY TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

The presence of COVID-19 has raised concerns about the proper disposal of materials that may be exposed to the virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends routine procedures for managing solid waste potentially exposed to COVID-19, and the City urges everyone to follow these recommendations. 
 
Cleaning and disinfecting activities in homes, businesses, and other non-healthcare locations (such as hotels, schools, and other facilities) will generate solid waste, including used facemasks, gloves, disposable wipes, paper towels, disposal clothing, and similar materials potentially exposed to the virus. 
As a general rule, treat personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection waste, and other materials that may have been exposed to the virus as general solid waste. This material, however, should be sealed in a trash bag, tied shut, and placed with regular trash. These materials will be collected by City's franchisee, Big Bear Disposal, and transferred to transfer stations or directly trucked for disposal. The sealed trash bags will ultimately be disposed of in landfills that are permitted to accept municipal solid waste.
 
Please help us keep our solid waste collection employees safe!
 

 

Update #9 - COVID-19 Threats - March 22, 2020 - 1:30 p.m 

GOVERNOR'S ORDER CLARIFIED; LODGING FACILITIES AND VACATION RENTALS MAY NOT OPERATE IN BIG BEAR LAKE

Governor Newsom issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order late on March 19, with several exceptions, and has directed everyone to remain at home in an effort to discourage further community transmission of COVID-19. The City of Big Bear Lake has been diligently implementing these restrictions and those established by County public health officials since the COVID-19 event began, and is implementing additional restrictions as they are announced and/or clarified.
 
Earlier this morning, the City received additional clarification regarding lodging facilities and vacation rentals. 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), lodging establishments and vacation rentals may not operate. 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.
 
At this time, most lodging facilities and vacation rentals have already closed, and there are very few visitors here. A windshield survey of lodging facilities by Sheriff's deputies this morning counted approximately 125 vehicles combined in all lodging facilities' parking lots, and it is important to note that some of these vehicles may be employees of the lodging facility or individual unit owners who have a right to utilize their property.
 
Any current guests in a lodging facility or a vacation rental should be directed to return directly home and continue to "shelter in place" in their home community, or should remain sheltered in place in the unit.
 
Other guidance remains unchanged from the last update, and is as follows:
 
      • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
      • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
      • construction and repair activities may continue,
      • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
      • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
      • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for situations described above,
      • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
      • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog

The City continues to adjust its guidance based on the announcement of additional restrictions and clarification of existing restrictions by the Governor and/or County public health officials, and will update its guidance to our residents accordingly in the future.

WHY IT'S NOT SO SIMPLE TO "JUST CLOSE THE MOUNTAIN"

The COVID-19 event is unlike any other natural or man-made disaster that Big Bear Lake, and every community in the United States, has ever experienced. It's not as simple as comparing this event to a wildfire, an earthquake, or a hurricane, as this event is literally affecting every single community and every single person, no one knows exactly how it will all end, nor when it will end.
 
The City has received several suggestions that we should just "close the mountain". While that conclusion is a completely understandable and reasonable conclusion for one to reach, it's not quite that simple. First, the City of Big Bear Lake has jurisdiction over approximately 6.5 square miles, a little more than 5,000 permanent residents, and just shy of 10,000 housing units. The City limits include only a fraction of all of the land area, permanent residents, and housing units in the valley. The City does not have authority over Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, or other unincorporated areas, and does not control the 3 State highways leading into the valley. The City could certainly take action to restrict access into and out of the City limits of Big Bear Lake, however, that would not apply to other areas in the valley, and the City may then be in a position to not allow others in the valley to enter the City limits - which is where most of the shopping and services exist - and the City would not want to prevent our neighbors from accessing essential goods and services in any way.
 
Additionally, it's important to note that many of our residents are actively traveling out of the City and the valley to other communities down the hill, including for purchase of essential goods and services, and none of those communities have limited the ability for our residents to visit their communities. Finally, if our intent is to limit the spread of COVID-19 into Big Bear Lake, we also shouldn't allow our residents to leave and then return, as they could potentially bring the virus back with them. At this time, the City is not aware or any California communities that have restricted people from other communities from entering their community.
 
The City, in conjunction with Visit Big Bear, has directly discouraged visitors to Big Bear Lake since Thursday, and continues to do so. Visitors should not come to Big Bear Lake during the COVID-19 event, and should abide by "shelter in place" restrictions in place in their home community.
 
The City's response to the COVID-19 threats has and will continue to consider all aspects of this crisis in our decision-making. As has been the case thus far, the City's continued response will continue to evolve based on changing circumstances, new information, and new or clarified restrictions from State and County officials. Above all, the City's response is guided exclusively by the expertise of public health experts, and will continue to rely on that expertise.
 
MAYOR HERRICK CONTINUES SELF-QUARANTINE
 
As reported on Saturday, March 21, the first case of COVID-19 in the City of Big Bear Lake is Mayor Rick Herrick. Thankfully, Mayor Herrick is doing reasonably well, and is expected to fully recover. Mayor Herrick has been in self-quarantine since March 13, and remains isolated from others. All of us at the City of Big Bear Lake wish him a full and speedy recovery.
 
It was expected that Big Bear Lake would ultimately have confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to the rapid spread of the virus across the United States. With the continued improvements in COVID-19 testing, it is expected that the number of confirmed cases will continue to increase all over the United States, including Big Bear Lake. The public should recognize this fact, should not panic, and should continue to be vigilant in adhering to "shelter in place" orders, practicing effective social distancing, and maintaining good personal hygiene.
 
CITY ADJUSTS OPERATIONS TO ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY
 
 
In response to Governor Newsom's "shelter in place" order and the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City has adjusted its operations to essential services and essential personnel only. City staff will continue to maintain critical infrastructure and perform essential services, however, other services will be temporarily suspended.
 
The City will continue to provide the following essential services while the COVID-19 threats persist:
      • COVID-19 emergency response,
      • COVID-19 public communications,
      • law enforcement (through SB County Sheriff's Department),
      • fire suppression and emergency medical services (through the Big Bear Fire Department),
      • snow removal,
      • public water supply (through the DWP),
      • wastewater collection,
      • solid waste collection (through Big Bear Disposal),
      • City buildings and facilities maintenance,
      • building inspections, and
      • critical street maintenance.
City Hall remains open for essential services and essential personnel, and essential City staff are available for telephone - (909) 866-5832 - and email inquiries.
 
The City will resume normal operations after the COVID-19 threat has passed.
 

PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY, AND HELP US ALL END THIS CRISIS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!

The Big Bear Lake community has already experienced severe economic harm as a result of COVID-19, and now has its first confirmed case. At this point, the most important tasks at hand for our community are to prevent further transmission, eliminate the occurrence of COVID-19 in our community, and get back to normal as soon as possible! You can do your part by limiting your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, practicing effective social distancing, and maintaining good personal hygiene.
 
Let's get this done, keep our residents safe, and get back to normal!
 
PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY for yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your community!
 
PLEASE POSTPONE VISITS TO BIG BEAR LAKE UNTIL AFTER THE COVID-19 CRISIS HAS PASSED; FLEXIBLE RESCHEDULING OPTIONS AND CREDITS AVAILABLE
 
The City and Visit Big Bear encourage all visitors to postpone your trip to a later date when you can fully enjoy all of the great recreational, dining, and shopping opportunities in and around Big Bear Lake. With the "shelter in place" order in effect in Big Bear Lake, and the fact that lodging facilities and vacation rentals may not operate, it's simply not the time to be visiting Big Bear Lake. Everyone should "shelter in place" in their home community, and abide by appropriate restrictions in their home community.
 
Big Bear Lake lodging establishments and vacation rental companies understand the significance of this crisis, and are offering flexible rescheduling options, credits, and more to make your future visit to Big Bear Lake as enjoyable as possible. Please contact your lodging provider or vacation rental company to reschedule your visit.
 
We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 threat has passed, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community.

 
 

Update #8 - COVID-19 Threats - March 21, 2020 - 12 p.m

FIRST CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE IN BIG BEAR LAKE IS MAYOR RICK HERRICK

The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Big Bear Lake. Mayor Rick Herrick was tested on Thursday, and received a positive test result late Friday evening. Thankfully, Mayor Herrick is doing reasonably well and is expected to fully recover, and sends along this important message to the entire Big Bear community:
 
"The time has come to announce that we have the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.  I was tested after a week of self-quarantine following what has felt like a bout with the flu. The results concluded that I’ve contracted the coronavirus, the first confirmed case in Big Bear. This is not the announcement that I imagined, but I hope that by going public on what is normally a private, HIPAA-type subject can be a learning moment for our tight-knit community. 
A week ago, when the first twinge of illness struck me, I followed orders and stayed at home. Although this was not fun or easy, I knew that I was fighting something off and I didn’t need to expose myself to others regardless of the illness. So I worked from home and kept my distance from my wife, frequently washed my hands, used sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer, all while remaining in self-quarantine.  My symptoms have been relatively mild. I had a waning, low-grade fever, some chest pressure, achiness, and fatigue. It was like the flu but very different at the same time. I’m sure that this novel coronavirus is being carefully studied for cures and patterns, and that the medical world will learn a lot as more data streams in.    
 
The message I need to convey is to heed the warnings from the World Health Organization as well as from our local public health officials.  I am proud to say that our City has been proactive along with our County and State. With that said, it is obvious that this virus is very new and very contagious.  Please remember that it’s never too late to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and our community.  
 
      • If you feel the slightest onset of illness, stay at home and call your doctor’s office.
      • Do not go to the local emergency room without calling ahead so they can evaluate your symptoms over the phone.
      • If you are not sick, stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
      • Encourage your friends and family to do the same.  
      • The sooner that we collectively can conquer this disease, the sooner we can get our lives back to a regular routine. 
 
Remember that tens of thousands of people will suffer from this pandemic.  Some may lose their jobs, others will have difficulty paying bills or keeping employees, rent payments may be late, and banks may suffer delinquencies, but those problems pale to the much deeper losses others will no doubt suffer.  For now I will conduct my business, including my community and Mayor duties, from home and I will recover to fight another day. And I believe that this type of worldwide catastrophe can bring out the best in mankind - and right now we need THAT to "go viral".
 
All of us at the City of Big Bear Lake wish Mayor Herrick a speedy recovery! Mayor Herrick has been and remains fully engaged in the City's response to the COVID-19 threats in our community, and now offers an even more unique perspective on the City's response.
 
Mayor Herrick has been self-quarantined for more than a week now, and is the 10th confirmed case of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County. Mayor Herrick has had limited exposure to other City officials, and no other City officials are symptomatic at this time. Mayor Herrick has been under self-quarantine for more than a week now, but anyone who had contact with Mayor Herrick earlier may call the San Bernardino County Public Health Department Operations Center for advice at 800-782-4264, option #6.

It was expected that Big Bear Lake would ultimately have confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to the rapid spread of the virus across the United States. With the continued improvements in COVID-19 testing, it is expected that the number of confirmed cases will continue to increase all over the United States, including Big Bear Lake. The public should recognize this fact, should not panic, and should continue to be vigilant in adhering to "shelter in place" orders, practicing effective social distancing, and maintaining good personal hygiene.

Together, we will all get through this and Big Bear Lake will bounce back better than ever!
 
"SHELTER IN PLACE" ORDER REMAINS IN EFFECT, WITH EXCEPTIONS
 
Governor Newsom issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order late on March 19, and has directed everyone to remain at home in an effort to discourage further community transmission of COVID-19. Governor Newsom's order includes several exceptions for various business activities, and these restrictions are similar to the restrictions in place in San Bernardino County and Big Bear Lake for the past several days. As such, the City's guidance on permitted and prohibited activities is as follows:
      • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
      • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,
      • construction and repair activities may continue,
      • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,
      • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,
      • lodging and vacation rentals may continue to operate, however, visitors are encouraged to postpone visits to Big Bear Lake during the COVID-19 threat, and any current visitors here must "shelter in place",
      • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
      • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog.

PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY, AND HELP US ALL END THIS CRISIS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!

The Big Bear Lake community has already experienced severe economic harm as a result of COVID-19, and now has its first confirmed case. At this point, the most important tasks at hand for our community are to prevent further transmission, eliminate the occurrence of COVID-19 in our community, and get back to normal as soon as possible! You can do your part by limiting your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical, practicing effective social distancing, and maintaining good personal hygiene.
 
Let's get this done, keep our residents safe, and get back to normal!
 
PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY for yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your community!
 

 


Update # 7- COVID-19 Threats - March 20, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.

Governor Newsom Issues Statewide "Shelter In Place" Order, With Exceptions
 
Visitors Encouraged to Postpone Visits to Big Bear Lake During COVID-19 Threat
 
Thankfully, Still No Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Lake
City officials continue to closely monitor developments associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and continue efforts to prepare for an escalation of the COVID-19 threat in Big Bear Lake. City officials remain in regular communications with San Bernardino County public health officials and local health care providers, and rely exclusively on their expertise and guidance relative to the public health risks and recommendations applicable to Big Bear Lake.
  

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FROM THE CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE

 

The City of Big Bear Lake is working hard to ensure that the residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors in our community have the correct information about the status of COVID-19 threats in Big Bear Lake and the City's response to these threats. This email newsletter is the official guidance from the City of Big Bear Lake, and the City appreciates everyone's adherence to the restrictions and recommendations outlined herein.

 To be sure you are receiving the latest and most accurate information, please sign up for this email newsletter at https://www.citybigbearlake.com/index.php/newsroom/text-email-notifications . PLEASE share this email newsletter with anyone and everyone, as we want to reach as many people as possible with this information. Thank you!

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ISSUES STATEWIDE "SHELTER IN PLACE" ORDER, WITH EXCEPTIONS

Governor Newsom issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order late on March 19, and has directed everyone to remain at home in an effort to discourage further community transmission of COVID-19. Governor Newsom's order includes several exceptions for various business activities, and these restrictions appear to be similar to the restrictions in place in San Bernardino County and Big Bear Lake for the past several days. As such, the City's guidance on permitted and prohibited activities is as follows:

  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,
  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other retail and service businesses may operate,

  • construction and repair activities may continue,

  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate
  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,

  • lodging and vacation rentals may continue to operate, however, visitors are encouraged to postpone visits to Big Bear Lake during the COVID-19 threat,
  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and

  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted.

 The City is seeking additional clarification from State and County public health officials regarding the Governor's order, and will adjust this guidance as needed in future COVID-19 updates provided by the City of Big Bear Lake.

  The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community is to limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical. PLEASE only interact for essential tasks, including work and personal business activities, and practice social distancing and proper hygiene so that we can protect everyone's health and resolve this public health and economic crisis as quickly as possible.

  Unfortunately, the economic damage caused by COVID-19 is already severe, and there will likely be negative economic consequences for many in our community. At this point in time, it is in the Big Bear Lake community's interest for the COVID-19 threat to pass as quickly as possible, and the best way to expedite the passing of COVID-19 is to prevent continued transmission. Limiting your interactions with others is the best strategy to help keep Big Bear Lake's status of "no cases" intact and promote the fastest resolution of any cases that we may ultimately report in Big Bear Lake.

 VISITORS ENCOURAGED TO POSTPONE VISITS TO BIG BEAR LAKE DURING COVID-19 THREAT

 On March 19, Visit Big Bear, the valley’s tourism promotion agency, issued the following statement encouraging visitors to postpone their trip to Big Bear Lake until the COVID-19 crisis has abated. The City appreciates Visit Big Bear’s concern for our community well-being, and fully supports this directive. Working together, we can abate this crisis sooner rather than later, keep our residents and property owners safe, and restore the local economy for our entire community’s benefit.  

   “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 at https://www.bigbear.com/

  We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this challenging time.”

  Although travel to and from Big Bear Lake is not restricted, the City encourages all visitors to postpone your trip to a later date when you can fully enjoy all of the great recreational, dining, and shopping opportunities in and around Big Bear Lake. With the "shelter in place" order in effect in Big Bear Lake, it's simply not the best time to be visiting Big Bear Lake. We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 threat has passed, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community.

Visitors with existing reservations should coordinate with your lodging provider to reschedule your visit

 FOUR ADDITIONAL CASES CONFIRMED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TODAY;

FORTUNATELY STILL NO CASES IN BIG BEAR LAKE

San Bernardino County public health officials are now reporting a total of 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases. All 9 individuals have been quarantined and treated appropriately. Fortunately, there are still no confirmed cases in Big Bear Lake, and City officials continue to monitor, plan, and prepare for that potential.

 PLEASE SEAL TRASH BAGS APPROPRIATELY TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

 The presence of COVID-19 has raised concerns about the proper disposal of materials that may be exposed to the virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends routine procedures for managing solid waste potentially exposed to COVID-19, and the City urges everyone to follow these recommendations.  

  Cleaning and disinfecting activities in homes, businesses, and other non-healthcare locations (such as hotels, schools, and other facilities) will generate solid waste, including used facemasks, gloves, disposable wipes, paper towels, disposal clothing, and similar materials potentially exposed to the virus. 

 As a general rule, treat personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection waste, and other materials that may have been exposed to the virus as general solid waste.  This material, however, should be sealed in a trash bag, tied shut, and placed with regular trash. These materials will be collected by City's franchisee, Big Bear Disposal, and transferred to transfer stations or directly trucked for disposal. The sealed trash bags will ultimately be disposed of in landfills that are permitted to accept municipal solid waste. Please also note that disposable wipes and paper towels should not be flushed down the toilet, and should be discarded as general solid waste.

  Please help us keep our solid waste collection employees safe!

 ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR BIG BEAR LAKE BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

 The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

  City staff are building relationships with SBA officials, and are available to assist impacted Big Bear Lake businesses navigate the SBA process. For assistance, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst, at 909-866-5831 or .

  The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce is also willing to assist impacted businesss, and can be reached at 909-866-4607, or by contacting Ellen Clarke, Executive Director, at .

 ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR DISPLACED EMPLOYEES

 Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. To learn more, please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm .

  NEED HELP WITH DAILY ERRANDS? BIG BEAR INTERACT CLUB AVAILABLE TO ASSIST SENIORS

 The Big Bear Interact Club, a youth organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake, is available to assist senior citizens who are sheltered-in-place with grocery shopping and other daily errands. To learn more about the services offered by these dedicated Big Bear high school students, please contact advisor Julann Warren at 562-335-9339.

 CITY HALL REMAINS OPEN, BUT APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT CITY BUSINESS

 City Hall remains open, and City officials continue to explore opportunities to continue high quality service while allowing some City employees to work from home.

  In an effort to promote both your safety and our employees' safety, individuals who need to conduct business with the City should first call or email the appropriate City staff to make an appointment. Efforts will be made to provide service over the telephone or electronically, and if face-to-face contact is required then the appropriate City staff member will schedule an immediate appointment at City Hall. To contact City staff, please call 909-866-5831 or email the appropriate City staff member indicated at https://www.citybigbearlake.com/ .

  The City accepts online payments, and these can be conducted by visiting https://trx.npspos.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?siteId=14351&urlKey=00f9459f858813278dfbd5e4393ce1bc1780f793 .

  The Department of Water and Power is also limiting public interaction, and payments can be made at their drop box, by phone, and online. Please visit https://www.bbldwp.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=144 for more information.

  OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

 The Centers for Disease Control website includes a wealth of information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html .

  The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health includes information specific to our county at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ .

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The City of Big Bear Lake strives to keep our residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the City's issues and initiatives - including the COVID-19 threat - with an emphasis on information specific to Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley.

The easiest way to stay-informed is to sign up for the City's email newsletter and other updates. It's easy to sign up - simply visit https://www.citybigbearlake.com/ and click on "Text & Email Notifications" in the top center of the homepage. Simply click on the link, enter your name and email address, and you're all set. Signing up will ensure that you receive periodic updates about COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City's new monthly newsletter - Elevation 6752', and other special communications from the City of Big Bear Lake for emergency situations, special events, and more.

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Update # 6- COVID-19 Threats - March 19, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.

VISITORS ENCOURAGED TO POSTPONE VISITS TO BIG BEAR LAKE DURING COVID-19 THREAT

Earlier today, Visit Big Bear, the valley’s tourism promotion agency, issued the following statement encouraging visitors to postpone their trip to Big Bear Lake until the COVID-19 crisis has abated. The City appreciates Visit Big Bear’s concern for our community well-being, and fully supports this directive. Working together, we can abate this crisis sooner rather than later, keep our residents and property owners safe, and restore the local economy for our entire community’s benefit. 

“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 at https://www.bigbear.com/

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this challenging time.”

Although this directive is not an official order, and travel to and from Big Bear Lake is not restricted at this time, the City encourages all visitors to postpone your trip to a later date when you can fully enjoy all of the great recreational, dining, and shopping opportunities in and around Big Bear Lake. We'll be back stronger than ever after the COVID-19 threat has passed, and we look forward to hosting you as soon as it's safe for you, your family, and our community. Visitors with existing reservations should coordinate with your lodging provider to reschedule your visit.

MAYOR HERRICK URGES BIG BEAR LAKE COMMUNITY TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS

Mayor Rick Herrick issued the following statement this afternoon:

"There are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley and very few reported in our county, but with that said we can’t be cavalier or assume that Big Bear is free of the coronavirus. It is best to assume that we have undetected cases here, even if later we determine that the bullet was dodged. You may be asking why I would make this statement; you see, we don’t have a method to isolate or inoculate ourselves. I support Visit Big Bear's recent statement that encourages visitors to delay their visit to Big Bear. Realize that Visit Big Bear’s mission is to increase tourism, but they also recognize we are a small and tight knit community. With that said, my advice is simple: assume that the threat is imminent and that our exposure is no less or no more than any other city in Southern California. And please practice social distancing, wash your hands, if you are sick call your doctor and if you need to visit our local rural hospital, call ahead. Our resolve has been previously tested by major wildland fires, severe earthquakes, and lengthy droughts. We can and we will get through this together. Please help minimize the health risks to yourself and the community and if you do that, you can also minimize the inevitable economic fallout. And by all means please support our local businesses whenever possible."

PLEASE HEED PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS AND AVOID INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS

The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community is to limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical. PLEASE only interact for essential tasks, including work, shopping, and essential business activities so that we can protect our most vulnerable residents' health and resolve this public health and economic crisis as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, the economic damage caused by COVID-19 is already severe, and there will likely be negative economic consequences for many in our community. At this point in time, it is in the Big Bear Lake community's interest for the COVID-19 threat to pass as quickly as possible, and the best way to expedite the passing of COVID-19 is to prevent continued transmission. Limiting your interactions with others is the best strategy to help keep Big Bear Lake's status of "no cases" intact and promote the fastest resolution of any cases that we may ultimately report in Big Bear Lake.

PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY for yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your community!

RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR BIG BEAR LAKE

In accordance with San Bernardino County public health orders, the following restrictions remain in effect in the City of Big Bear Lake:

    • 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, retail shopping activities, and grocery shopping activities.
    • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, and other similar businesses may not operate.
    • Restaurants must follow State guidelines, and should be closed for in-restaurant seated dining. Take-out and delivery services are encouraged.
    • Individuals age 65 and older and those with special vulnerability to COVID-19 should remain at home.

NO ADDITIONAL CASES CONFIRMED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TODAY;

FORTUNATELY STILL NO CASES IN BIG BEAR LAKE

San Bernardino County public health officials continue to report a total of 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases. All five individuals have been quarantined and treated appropriately. Fortunately, there are still no confirmed cases in Big Bear Lake, and City officials continue to monitor, plan, and prepare for that potential.

CITY REVIEWING REVENUE PROJECTIONS, IDENTIFYING NECESSARY BUDGET REDUCTIONS

In addition to the significant economic impact on our businesses and residents, the City is expecting a significant reduction in operating revenues for the remainder of FY 19-20 (ends June 30) and likely in FY 20-21 (begins July 1).

City staff are forecasting a loss of up to $800,000 of transient occupancy tax and sales tax revenues over the rest of this fiscal year, and City officials are carefully reviewing FY 19-20 expenditures to identify prudent budget reductions and delay capital improvements. With careful planning, fiscal discipline, and as a result of the City's current overall solid financial position, we believe the City will be able maintain its overall fiscal health, and be well-positioned to serve our community in the future.

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR BIG BEAR LAKE BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

City staff are building relationships with SBA officials, and are available to assist impacted Big Bear Lake businesses navigate the SBA process. For assistance, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst, at 909-866-5831 or .

The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce is also willing to assist impacted businesss, and can be reached at 909-866-4607, or by contacting Ellen Clarke, Executive Director, at

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR DISPLACED EMPLOYEES

Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. To learn more, please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm .

NEED HELP WITH DAILY ERRANDS? BIG BEAR INTERACT CLUB AVAILABLE TO ASSIST SENIORS

The Big Bear Interact Club, a youth organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake, is available to assist senior citizens who are sheltered-in-place with grocery shopping and other daily errands. To learn more about the services offered by these dedicated Big Bear high school students, please contact advisor Julann Warren at 562-335-9339.

CITY HALL REMAINS OPEN, BUT APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT CITY BUSINESS

City Hall remains open, and City officials continue to explore opportunities to continue high quality service while allowing some City employees to work from home.

In an effort to promote both your safety and our employees' safety, individuals who need to conduct business with the City should first call or email the appropriate City staff to make an appointment. Efforts will be made to provide service over the telephone or electronically, and if face-to-face contact is required then the appropriate City staff member will schedule an immediate appointment at City Hall. To contact City staff, please call 909-866-5831 or email the appropriate City staff member indicated at https://www.citybigbearlake.com/ .

The City accepts online payments, and these can be conducted by visiting https://trx.npspos.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?siteId=14351&urlKey=00f9459f858813278dfbd5e4393ce1bc1780f793 .

The Department of Water and Power is also limiting public interaction, and payments can be made at their drop box, by phone, and online. Please visit https://www.bbldwp.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=144 for more information.


Update #5 COVID-19 Threats - March 18, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Restrictions Remain in Effect for Big Bear Lake
 
Please Heed Public Health Recommendations and Avoid Interactions With Others
Total of 5 Confirmed Cases in San Bernardino County;
Still No Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Lake
 
City officials continue to closely monitor developments associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and continue efforts to prepare for an escalation of the COVID-19 threat in Big Bear Lake. City officials remain in regular communications with San Bernardino County public health officials and local health care providers, and rely exclusively on their expertise and guidance relative to the public health risks and recommendations applicable to Big Bear Lake.
 
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FROM THE CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE
The City of Big Bear Lake is working hard to ensure that the residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors in our community have the correct information about the status of COVID-19 threats in BBL and the City's response to these threats. This email newsletter is the official guidance from the City of Big Bear Lake, and the City appreciates everyone's adherence to the restrictions and recommendations outlined herein.
 
To be sure you are receiving the latest and most accurate information, please sign up for this email newsletter at https://www.citybigbearlake.com/index.php/newsroom/text-email-notifications. PLEASE share this email newsletter with anyone and everyone, as we want to reach as many people as possible with this information. Thank you!
 
RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR BIG BEAR LAKE
In accordance with San Bernardino County public health orders, the following restrictions remain in effect in the City of Big Bear Lake:
  •  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, retail shopping activities, and grocery shopping activities.
  •  Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, and other similar businesses may not operate.
  •  Restaurants must follow State guidelines, and may only operate for take-out and delivery customers. Restaurants should be closed for in-restaurant seated dining.
  •  Individuals age 65 and older and those with special vulnerability to COVID-19 should remain at home.

PLEASE HEED PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS AND AVOID INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS

 The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community is to limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical. PLEASE only interact for essential tasks, including work, shopping, and essential business activities so that we can protect our most vulnerable residents' health and resolve this public health and economic crisis as quickly as possible.

 Unfortunately, the economic damage caused by COVID-19 is already severe, and there will likely be negative economic consequences for many in our community. At this point in time, it is in the Big Bear Lake community's interest for the COVID-19 threat to pass as quickly as possible, and the best way to expedite the passing of COVID-19 is to prevent continued transmission. Limiting your interactions with others is the best strategy to help keep Big Bear Lake's status of "no cases" intact and promote the fastest resolution of any cases that we may ultimately report in Big Bear Lake.
 
PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY for yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your community!
 
FOURTH AND FIFTH CASES CONFIRMED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY;
FORTUNATELY STILL NO CASES IN BIG BEAR LAKE
San Bernardino County public health officials confirmed the County's fourth and fifth cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday evening. All five individuals have been quarantined and treated appropriately.
 
As of this evening (March 18), there are still no confirmed cases in Big Bear Lake, and City officials continue to monitor, plan, and prepare for that potential.
 
CITY HALL REMAINS OPEN, BUT APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT CITY BUSINESS
City Hall remains open, and City officials continue to explore opportunities to continue high quality service while allowing some City employees to work from home.
 
In an effort to promote both your safety and our employees' safety, individuals who need to conduct business with the City should first call or email the appropriate City staff to make an appointment. Efforts will be made to provide service over the telephone or electronically, and if face-to-face contact is required then the appropriate City staff member will schedule an immediate appointment at City Hall. To contact City staff, please call 909-866-5831 or email the appropriate City staff member indicated at https://www.citybigbearlake.com/ .
 
The City accepts online payments, and these can be conducted by visiting https://trx.npspos.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?siteId=14351&urlKey=00f9459f858813278dfbd5e4393ce1bc1780f793 .
 
The Department of Water and Power is also limiting public interaction, and payments can be made at their drop box, by phone, and online. Please visit https://www.bbldwp.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=144 for more information.
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.


Update #4 COVID-19 Threats - March 17, 2020 - 5:30 p.m.

Public Health Officials Order Additional Restrictions
 
Three Confirmed Cases in San Bernardino County; Still No Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Lake
City officials continue to closely monitor developments associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and continue efforts to prepare for an escalation of the COVID-19 threat in Big Bear Lake. City officials remain in regular communications with San Bernardino County public health officials and local health care providers, and rely exclusively on their expertise and guidance relative to the public health risks and recommendations applicable to Big Bear Lake.
 
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ORDER ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS
County officials announced additional restrictions aimed at deterring the spread of COVID-19 today, and these restrictions apply within the City of Big Bear Lake:
 
    • 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.
 
NO RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENT IN BIG BEAR LAKE, BUT PLEASE LIMIT INTERACTIONS TO EXTENT PRACTICAL
 
There are currently no restrictions on movement into, out of, or within the City of Big Bear Lake, however, everyone is encouraged to limit their interactions with others to the extent practical. Work activities, shopping, and necessary business interactions may continue, but please exercise appropriate social distancing and personal hygiene habits. Personal and family outdoor activities (walking, hiking, biking, running, etc.) are not restricted, but larger group activities are not permitted.
 
The City continues to consult with public health officials, and will consider appropriate restrictions on movement in the future if the threat increases and circumstances warrant. It is important to note that the City of Big Bear Lake only has jurisdictional authority over the residents and property owners within the City limits, and has no jurisdiction over Big Bear City and unincorporated areas of Big Bear Valley. Any Valley-wide decisions to restrict movement will need to be carefully coordinated among State, City, and County officials and Big Bear City officials, and will be based on the recommendations of San Bernardino County public health officials.
 
GROCERY STORES WORKING HARD TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS; PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR NEIGHBORS AND DON'T HOARD ITEMS
 
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.
 
The Stater Brothers grocery has announced that it will open 15 minutes early, at 7:45 am, specifically to provide a safer and more convenient environment for senior citizens.
 
CITY FORMALLY DECLARES LOCAL EMERGENCY
 
City officials have been heavily engaged in emergency planning efforts for the COVID-19 threat for the past several weeks, and continue planning and coordination with various State, County, and other local agencies. Earlier today, City Manager Frank Rush formally declared a local emergency in the City of Big Bear Lake, and this formal declaration provides additional City authority to address the COVID-19 emergency if warranted in the future, and also establishes the City's eligibility for Federal and State financial assistance.

Update #3 COVID-19 Threats- March 16, 2020 - 5:00 p.m

New Federal and State Recommendations

City officials continue to closely monitor developments associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and continue efforts to prepare for an escalation of the COVID-19 threat in Big Bear Lake. City officials remain in regular communications with San Bernardino County public health officials and local health care providers, and rely exclusively on their expertise and guidance relative to the public health risks and recommendations applicable to Big Bear Lake.

NO RESTRICTIONS ON BUSINESSES OR MOVEMENT IN CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE AT THIS TIME; CITY ENCOURAGES ADHERENCE TO FEDERAL AND STATE RECOMMENDATIONS

Because there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City has not mandated any closures of particular businesses nor has limited movement into, out of, or within the City at this time. The City continues to closely monitor COVID-19 issues, and will adjust accordingly as the situation evolves and the specific threat and circumstances warrant.

The Trump Administration and the Newsom Administration have issued new recommendations, and the City of Big Bear Lake encourages our residents, businesses, and visitors to consider these recommendations. Specific recommendations include the following:

    • individuals age 65 and older and those with special vulnerability to COVID-19 are encouraged to remain at home,
    • gatherings of more than 10 people are discouraged, and appropriate social distancing should occur,
    • restaurants should consider reducing occupancy and implementing other measures such as "to go" service only,
    • individuals should consider staying at home whenever possible, and should exercise appropriate personal hygiene and social distancing when out in the community.

 

POTENTIAL FUTURE ACTIONS CONSIDERED AS SITUATION EVOLVES

The City continues to work with public health officials and other regional and local officials to determine additional future actions to promote public safety in our community. It is important to note that the City of Big Bear Lake only has jurisdictional authority over the residents and property owners within the City limits, and has no jurisdiction over Big Bear City and unincorporated areas of Big Bear Valley. Any Valley-wide decisions will need to be carefully coordinated among State, City, and County officials and Big Bear City officials, and will be based on the recommendations of San Bernardino County public health officials.

Future decisions by the City regarding the closure of particular businesses, restricting the movement of individuals into, out of, or within the City, and/or other significant restrictions will be considered in the future as the specific threat and circumstances warrant.

PLEASE REMAIN CALM, AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY FOR YOUR SITUATION

Understandably, there is a great deal of angst and uncertainty in the community regarding COVID-19. City officials and other Federal, State, and local agencies are all working extremely hard to promote public safety and resolve the current crisis as soon as possible.

Please remain calm, plan accordingly for your particular individual and family situation, and consider the needs of others during this crisis. We will get through this crisis and return to normalcy in due time, it's just going to take patience, understanding, discipline, and cooperation!

CITY MEETINGS CANCELLED

All meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission are cancelled until further notice.

CITY HALL REMAINS OPEN, BUT APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT CITY BUSINESS

City Hall remains open, and City officials are currently exploring opportunities to continue high quality service while allowing some City employees to work from home.

In an effort to promote both your safety and our employees' safety, individuals who need to conduct business with the City should first call or email the appropriate City staff to make an appointment. Efforts will be made to provide service over the telephone or electronically, and if face-to-face contact is required then the appropriate City staff member will schedule an immediate appointment at City Hall. To contact City staff, please call 909-866-5831 or email the appropriate City staff member indicated at https://www.citybigbearlake.com/ .

The City accepts online payments, and these can be conducted by visiting https://trx.npspos.com/payapp/public/ECSale.html?siteId=14351&urlKey=00f9459f858813278dfbd5e4393ce1bc1780f793 .

The Department of Water and Power is also limiting public interaction, and payments can be made at their drop box, by phone, and online. Please visit https://www.bbldwp.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=144 for more information.

 


 

Update #2 COVID-19 Threats

March 14, 2020 - 5 pm

City Continues COVID-19 Efforts

THANKFULLY, Still No Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County

Big Bear Mountain Resorts Closed Indefinitely

CITY DILIGENTLY MONITORING ISSUES, PREPARING ACCORDINGLY
City officials continue to closely monitor National, State, and regional developments associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus), and continue efforts to prepare for an escalation of the COVID-19 threat in Big Bear Lake. City officials remain in regular communications with San Bernardino County public health officials and local health care providers, and rely exclusively on their expertise and guidance relative to the public health risks and recommendations applicable to Big Bear Lake.

"COVID-19 is a concern for the City and the entire Big Bear Valley", stated Mayor Rick Herrick. "The threat is real but our exposure is low at this time. I am concerned for the health of our citizens and visitors, along with concern for visitor-based jobs and economy. In real terms, we are intertwined as a tourist town, and so any loss will eventually be felt by everyone. Please do what is necessary to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and understand that event cancellations are State and County-wide orders. Together we will need to pull together to minimize our exposure. My advice is to maximize personal hygiene and minimize unnecessary rumors."

2020 MJHMP The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that local governments, as a condition of receiving federal disaster mitigation funds, adopt a mitigation plan describing the process for identifying hazards, risks and vulnerabilities, identify and prioritize mitigation actions, encourage the development of local mitigation and provide technical support for those efforts.

The 2020 Hazard Mitigation Plan is a multi-jurisdictional plan (MJHMP) impacting the City of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City (Big Bear City Community Services District or CSD) as the Big Bear Fire Authority provides Fire Suppression and Prevention services to both jurisdictions. This MJHMP helps identify the needs within the Big Bear Valley to reduce our community’s risk of natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, and strong wind storms. 

This document is drafted and updated by a team of subject matter experts within the City, CSD, and the Big Bear Fire Authority, with input from the community, and is approved by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CALoes) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

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Planning Commission AND Department of Water & Power (DWP) Board of Commissioners

The City Council of the City of Big Bear Lake is seeking qualified citizens who are interested in serving on the City’s Planning Commission on the DWP’s Board of Commissioners.

The Planning Commission has two (2) vacancies that will be open July 1, 2019 for a four (4) year term ending June 30, 2023. The Planning Commission meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 1:15 p.m. in Hofert Hall at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center. Responsibilities include decisions related to land use issues such as the General Plan, zoning, development, environmental ordinances, etc. All applicants must be full-time residents and a registered voter in the City of Big Bear Lake. 

The DWP Board has one (1) immediate vacancy with the term ending on June 30, 2021 and three (3) vacancies that will be open July 1, 2019 for a four (4) year term ending June 30, 2023. The DWP Board meets at 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the DWP offices located on Garstin Drive. Responsibilities include decisions related to water conservation, supply, generation, distribution and sale of water and related services. All applicants must be registered voters and reside in an area served by the DWP. 

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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