PINE KNOT AVENUE
In an effort to promote greater physical distancing and also to provide more options for outdoor dining and retail, the City will close Pine Knot Avenue to vehicular traffic this coming weekend, July 25 - 26. Pine Knot Avenue will be closed from 7 am on Saturday through 10 pm on Sunday, and the entire street will become a pedestrian plaza for this entire time period.
Restaurants on Pine Knot Avenue will be permitted to set up tables for outdoor dining on the public sidewalk directly in front of the restaurant, and also in the parallel parking spaces directly in front of the restaurant. Restaurants may set up tables for wait service, or may simply set up tables for take-out customers to utilize after picking up their food at the restaurant. No permit is required, however, all restaurants must maintain 6 ft. of separation between tables, maintain a safe and clean environment, maintain adequate aisle widths, and must comply with applicable California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) requirements. The State has established a special COVID-19 permit for the serving of alcohol in outdoor spaces, and a copy of the permit application is available here. If a restaurant secures this special COVID-19 permit from the State, restaurant customers on public sidewalks and public parking spaces may be served alcoholic beverages. If not, restaurant customers on public sidewalks and public parking spaces are limited to non-alcoholic beverages only, and restaurants should seat their customers accordingly.
Retail establishments on Pine Knot Avenue will also be permitted to display merchandise on the public sidewalks and parallel public parking spaces directly in front of their establishment, and must simply maintain a safe and clean environment, and maintain adequate aisle widths. No permit is required.
A summary of the Pine Knot Avenue closure and guidelines for outdoor dining and retail displays is located below and a map of the closure area is located here. Restaurants and retail establishments may email any questions about setting up on the public sidewalks and public parking spaces or call City Hall at 909-866-5832 for assistance.
The City is implementing a nearly identical program for outdoor dining and retail displays on Village Drive this weekend, however, Village Drive will remain open for vehicle travel all weekend. In this area, all on-street parking spaces along Village Drive will be closed and made available for outdoor dining and retail displays this weekend, along with an area in the Indian Village parking lot. Public sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians on Village Drive, and may not be utilized for outdoor dining or retail displays.
Restaurants and retail establishments may email any questions about setting up in the public parking spaces on Village Drive or in the Indian Village parking lot, or call City Hall at 909-866-5832 for assistance.
The planned closure is a TRIAL for this coming weekend, and any future closures will be determined by the City Council at a later date.
CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE
Trial Public Street / Parking Space Closures
Pine Knot Avenue, Village Drive
Saturday, July 25 – Sunday, July 26
Note: These guidelines apply to public street / parking space areas only, and do not apply to businesses who set up outdoors on private property.
- provide additional outdoor dining space and retail display area to promote greater profitability by businesses located in The Village
- promote greater physical distancing by providing additional space for pedestrians to spread out by designating vehicle traffic lane on Pine Knot as the pedestrian pathway
- TRIAL program only – will be evaluated for potential additional weekends or discontinued altogether depending on experience on July 25 – 26
- closures in effect from 7 am, Saturday, July 25 through 10 pm, Sunday, July 26
- continuous closure - in effect overnight (barriers remain in place)
- Pine Knot Avenue completely closed to vehicular traffic between Village Drive and Big Bear Boulevard (barricades also installed on Stone Road and Pedder Road at Pine Knot Avenue)
- vehicle travel lanes converted to pedestrian corridor
- adjacent businesses permitted to use public sidewalks and parallel parking spaces directly in front of business establishment for creation of outdoor dining space and display of retail merchandise
- special accommodation made for horse-drawn carriage operation to continue to utilize Pine Knot Avenue (will share pedestrian corridor)
- special arrangements made upon request by specific businesses to receive deliveries, may also make bicycle path available in limited circumstances to enable small vehicle access
- Village Drive remains open for vehicular traffic, but diagonal parking spaces cordoned off by City staff for use by restaurants and retail businesses
- street specifically left open to enable efficient traffic flow through The Village and to promote use of Indian Village, Bartlett, Knickerbocker, and Pennsylvania public parking lots
- businesses permitted to set up outdoor dining areas and retail displays in diagonal parking space areas directly in front of business establishment, but must maintain sidewalks for pedestrian use
- restaurants also permitted to utilize natural area within Indian Village parking lot to establish outdoor dining option
- City to install appropriate signage to direct vehicles to public parking lots (Indian Village, Bartlett, Knickerbocker, and Pennsylvania lots)
OUTDOOR DINING STANDARDS
- no permit required, but restaurants must comply with standards outlined herein
- City staff will monitor set-up and work with restaurants to adjust accordingly if needed
- restaurants may provide tables and chairs for wait service and/or for take-out customers to utilize
- tables should be spaced to maximize physical distance, at least 6 feet apart
- restaurants must comply with all applicable State and County health regulations, other safety requirements, ADA requirements, and CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control requirements
- restaurant must secure COVID-19 permit from CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in order to serve alcohol to customers on public sidewalk and public parking space areas
- if COVID-19 permit not secured from CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the restaurant may only serve non-alcoholic beverage customers on public sidewalk and public parking space areas
- must maintain appropriate aisle widths to enable handicapped access
- for areas with wait service and/or alcohol service, restaurants must install appropriate, attractive removable stanchions or barriers to effectively delineate service areas on public sidewalks and in public parking spaces
- tables provided for take-out customers, with no wait service and/or alcohol service, are not required to be delineated with stanchions or barriers
- public sidewalks and public parking space areas limited to customer seating (wait service and/or take-out seating) only, and shall not be used for food preparation, storage, or display
- no extension cords or other trip hazards are permitted to be placed on public sidewalks and public parking spaces by participating restaurants
- umbrellas and pop-up tents permitted, provided such are in good working order and are firmly secured in order to prevent loss during significant wind / rain events
- restaurants required to maintain clean and neat appearance, remove all trash generated by outdoor dining operations
OUTDOOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAY STANDARDS
- no permit required, but retail establishments must comply with standards outlined herein
- City staff will monitor set-up and work with businesses to adjust accordingly if needed
- businesses must comply with all applicable safety requirements and ADA requirements
- must maintain appropriate aisle widths to enable handicapped access
- no extension cords or other trip hazards are permitted to be placed on public sidewalks and public parking spaces by participating businesses