COVID-19 Updates - available through the City's Official Newsletter - Elevation 6752'.  Sign up HERE.

January 2021 Updates

Update #127 - January 12, 2021 -

Update # 126 - January 5, 2021 -

December 2020 Updates

Update #125 - December 29, 2020 -

Update #124 - December 22, 2020 -

Update #123 - December 15, 2020 -

Update #122 - December 13, 2020 -

Update #121 - December 8, 2020 -

Update #120 - December 6, 2020 -

Update #119 - December 4, 2020 -

Update #118 - December 1, 2020 -

November 2020 Updates

Update #117 - November 24, 2020

Update #116 - November 17, 2020

Update #115 - November 10, 2020

Update # 114 - November 3, 2020  -


October 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update # 113 - October 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update # 112 - October 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update # 111 - October 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update #110 - October 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update #109 - Ocober 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update #108 - October 1, 2020



September 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #107- September 29, 2020 -

COVID-19 Update #106- September 24, 2020 -

COVID-19 Update #105 - September 17, 2020 -

COVID-19 Update #104 - September 15, 2020 -

COVID-19 Update #103 - September 10, 2020 -

COVID-19 Update #102 - September 8, 2020 -

COVID-19 Update #101 - September 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update #100 - September 1, 2020  -

August 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #99 - August 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update #98 - August 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update #97 - August 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update #96 - August 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update #95 - August 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update #94 - August 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update #93 - August 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update #92 - August 3, 2020

July 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #91 - July 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update #90 - July 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update #89 - July 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update #88 - July 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update #87 - July 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update #86 - July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update #85 - July 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update #84 - July 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update #83 - July 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update #82 - July 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update #81 - July 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update #80 - July 1, 2020

June 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #79 - June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update #78 - June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update #77 - June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update #76 - June 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update #75 - June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update #74 - June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update #73 - June 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update #72 - June 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update # 71 - June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update # 70 - June 1, 2020

May 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #69 – May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update #68 - May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update #67 - May 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update #66 - May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update #65 - May 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update #64 - May 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update #63 - May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update #62 - May 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update #61 - May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update #60 - May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update #59 - May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update #58 - May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update #57 - May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update #56 - May 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update #55 - May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update #54 - May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update #53 - May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update #52 - May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update #51 - May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update #50 - May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update #49 - May 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update #48 - May 1, 2020

April 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #47 - April 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update #46 - April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update #45 - April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update #44 - April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update #43 - April 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update #42 - April 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update #41 - April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update #40 - April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update #39 - April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update #38 - April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update #37 - April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update #36 - April 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update #35 - April 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update #34 - April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update #33 - April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update #32 - April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update #31 - April 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update #30 - April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update #29 - April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update #28 - April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update #27 - April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update #26 - April 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update #25 - April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update #24 - April 6, 2020 

COVID-19 Update #23 - April 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update #22 - April 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update #21 - April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update #20 - April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update #19 - April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update #18 - March 31, 2020

March 2020 Updates

COVID-19 Update #18 - March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update #17 – March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update #16 – March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update #15 – March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update #14 – March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update #13 – March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update #12 – March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update #11 – March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update #10 – March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update #9 – March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update #8 – March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update #7 – March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update #6 – March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update #5 – March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update #4 – March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update #3 – March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update #2 – March 14, 2020


Recommendations for Residents

If you are a resident of Big Bear Lake, the City encourages you to remain vigilant, and adhere to the following recommendations:

  • the most vulnerable members of our community should continue to take special precautions, and limit interactions with others to the maximum extent practical.
  • all individuals should carry face coverings on their person, for use during all interactions with others
  • all individuals should maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others whenever possible,
  • all individuals should wash your hands frequently, and/or use hand sanitizer whenever it's not possible to wash your hands,
  • all individuals should avoid touching your face,
  • all individuals should cover your cough or sneeze,
  • if you do travel off the mountaintop, or out of the area, be especially vigilant so you don't contract the virus and return to Big Bear Lake, and importantly, consider the needs of our local business owners and their employees (your neighbors!), and understand the need for our community to get back to work so that we can remain a vibrant,attractive, and cohesive community!
Recommendations for Visitors

The City, our businesses, and our residents have all worked hard for the past several months to keep our community safe, and we're pleased to be one of the safest places anywhere.

We truly want others to enjoy this special place, and we welcome our visitors' significant contributions to our community. We do, however, need ALL visitors to respect our community, act responsibly, and be especially mindful of our COVID-19 concerns. The City asks ALL visitors to adhere to the following:

  • if you are not feeling well, please stay away!
  • enjoy Big Bear Lake with your immediate family or immediate household, and please don't organize large gatherings or parties in Big Bear Lake (note: vacation rentals are permitted, but are limited to members of the same immediate household),
  • whenever possible, please patronize our local restaurants who are eager to serve you, and also bring supplies from your home community,
  • respect our permanent residents, and act responsibly in and around our community - the same way you'd want visitors to behave in your community,
  • consider the fact that you may unknowingly be carrying COVID-19 from your home community, and take appropriate precautions to help keep our community safe so we may continue to welcome visitors in the future,
  • carry face coverings at all times, and use them during all interactions with others,
  • always maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others whenever possible, and
  • wash your hands frequently, and/or use hand sanitizer whenever it's not possible to wash your hands
Recommendations for Big Bear Lake Businesses/ Governor’s Resilience Roadmap


Under the Governor's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, many businesses in Big Bear Lake are restricted to operate under certain restrictions and limitations.

In order to eliminate confusion for Business owners, the City advises all City businesses to adhere to business-specific guidance included in the Governor's Blueprint for a Safer Economy when opening.

City staff encourages all of the businesses that are not allowed to conduct business inside to be creative in developing ways to serve customers outdoors, and the City expects to be flexible with our local businesses operating outdoors, provided the activities do not cause an immediate safety concern.

It is critical that ALL Big Bear Lake businesses operate safely and responsibly in order to keep our community SAFE and keep our community OPEN. City and County officials are now making more targeted educational visits to businesses, and the State is deploying a new Strike Force to take enforcement action against any businesses that do not come into compliance. Additionally, the County has established an online complaint form, and this form can be accessed here.

Specific questions or complaints regarding business-specific guidance should be directed to the Governor’s office and/or the California Department of Public Health.

If your business is permitted to operate in the Big Bear Valley, the City encourages ALL businesses to diligently implement the following:

  • require all customers to wear face coverings in order to enter your establishment,
  • require all employees to wear face coverings and other appropriate PPE,
  • consistently maintain at least 6 feet of separation between all customers and employees, and make sure staff is available to educate customers about the need for proper separation, 
  • provide hand sanitizer stations and/or handwashing stations at the entrance, and promote good hygiene, and
  • thoughtfully consider your neighbors, the residents of our community, who may have valid and continuing fears of COVID-19, and try to understand this issue from their perspective.

Please post the flyer(s) below in multiple visible locations to provide a constant reminder!

Governors Roadmap ImageBearMask



San Bernardino County public health officials have prepared a helpful document to assist businesses if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, and this document can viewed HERE.

In short, any employee with COVID-19 symptoms (or symptoms of any illness) should stay home from work and away from everyone, and businesses should emphasize this message to all employees.

If a business has an employee that tests positive for COVID-19, the employee should stay home from work and away from everyone. Upon learning of the positive case, the business is required to thoroughly disinfect all areas where the employee was working, but is not required to close down for any defined period of time.

The COVID-19 positive employee should remain away from work, and the business should take appropriate steps to notify other employees, should keep any other employees that may have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with the COVID-19 positive employee within 2 days prior to the first symptoms away from work also, and should make sure all employees are closely monitoring for symptoms.

Most importantly, the business should implement proper distancing among patrons and employees, require face coverings, and promote good hygiene.

Recommendations/Guidance for Vacational Rentals

While the Governor's order prohibits the use of traditional lodging facilities and vacation rentals unless they are housing an essential worker or COVID-19 patient, The City is continuing to focus its enforcement efforts on vacation rental units that are occupied by multiple households and/or are engaged in unsafe, irresponsible, and disrespectful behavior. 
The City will not take punitive enforcement action against vacation rentals that abide by the following requirements: 
    • limit occupancy to members of the same household, 
    • verify compliance with the same household requirement during an in-person check-in process, 
    •  perform cleanings in compliance with recommended COVID-19 cleaning practices, 
    • do not exceed 2 vehicles at the unit, 
    • do not host parties or gatherings, and do not generate excessive noise, 
    • implement contracts that will ensure compliance with these requirements, require the use of face coverings and appropriate physical distancing while out and about in our community, and acknowledge the potential for eviction if these requirements are violated, and 
    • remit all transient occupancy taxes due in a timely manner.
The City will, however, take aggressive enforcement action against vacation rental guests and vacation rental owners/managers that do not adhere to these requirements. Vacation rental guests that violate these requirements WILL BE EVICTED, as the City will not tolerate the mixing of households in our vacation rentals. Additionally, owners/managers of vacation rental units that do not effectively screen and monitor guests and ensure that they comply with these requirements WILL BE CITED AND FINED - ranging from $250 to $1,000. This penalty is in addition to the eviction of the vacation rental guests.
The City has deliberately implemented a very reasonable enforcement approach with regard to vacation rentals at this time and absolutely expects COOPERATION from all vacation rental guests, owners, and managers. Thank you for your diligent efforts.




Face Coverings in Big Bear Lake

The City of Big Bear Lake is focused on making sure our community continues to experience a low incidence of COVID-19. One way we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear face coverings when interacting with others. We get it - the face coverings can be uncomfortable, unnatural, and some question their effectiveness or need - but they are one of the easiest protection measures to implement, and far more preferable than shutting down our entire community again!

Face coverings are more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from you to others, especially if you are not exhibiting symptoms and don't know you're carrying the virus. The face covering reduces the likelihood that droplets containing the virus make it out of you and into the air near others, and wearing a face covering shows that YOU CARE about others around you. PLEASE do your part by ALWAYS wearing a face covering when interacting with others!

To clarify, in Big Bear Lake:

  • face coverings are required, and are highly recommended for use by EVERYONE while interacting with others - indoors and outdoors,
  • face coverings are required to be worn by all employees of businesses operating in Big Bear Lake to demonstrate to our residents and visitors that we care about their safety, and to comply with official guidelines,
  •  ALL of our businesses should implement a policy whereby customers may not enter the business if they are not wearing a face covering; many official guidelines require customers to wear face coverings, many businesses are already doing this, and we now need ALL businesses to do their part,
  • face coverings should be worn by all residents to show our neighbors that we care about their safety, and to prevent us from unknowingly spreading the virus to our visitors,
  • face coverings should be worn by all visitors to Big Bear Lake to prevent the spread of the virus from their home communities to our community.

Given the alternative of shutting everything down again, it's not too much to ask our residents, businesses, and visitors to wear face coverings. Show others that you care about their safety and well-being, and PLEASE wear face coverings any time you come within 6 feet of others - period!

As Mayor Rick Herrick notes, "We are living in interesting times and with each new day we need to adjust to new orders and new realities which can be confusing or seem contradictory. As Mayor, I am asking that we set the right tone for our residents and our visitors by practicing social distancing, proper hygiene and wearing face coverings while shopping or encountering non-family members in public. Face coverings are the most visual indicator that we care about your health. Please join me along with our City Council, community leaders, our houses of worship, our stores, and restaurants by creating a space where residents and visitors can feel confident that we are doing our part to curtail COVID-19."

Thank you for EVERYONE'S cooperation! Show others that you care!


COVID-19 Testing in San Bernardino County

With communities all over California reopening, including Big Bear Lake, it is more important than ever to quickly identify COVID-19 cases and take appropriate steps to quarantine infected individuals and engage in contract tracing as quickly as possible. The City encourages EVERYONE with potential COVID-19 symptoms to get tested immediately. 

COVID-19 testing is available in many locations in San Bernardino County, and a complete list of testing sites, hours, and instructions is located here. Big Bear Lake residents are eligible for testing at any of these locations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and may include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, please call your medical provider or visit one of the County's COVID-19 test sites as soon as possible. It's in your best interest, your family's best interest, and our community's best interest to diagnose any new cases as quickly as possible.

Financial Assistance/Resources

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

    1. Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
    2. An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.
  • San Bernardino County implemented the COVID-Compliance Business Partnership Program as part of the San Bernardino County Readiness & Recovery Plan to support local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with public safety practices. Learn more and apply HERE.

For detailed information on business funding options, as well as unemployment and tax information, please click HERE. This information was compiled by Accountingprose, a business bookkeeping & accounting service, and is updated almost daily.

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




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