Following are excerpts from press releases from Big Bear Lake City Manager, Frank Rush, May 2-4, 2020. For the most recent COVID-19 info from the City of Big Bear Lake, click here.
The City of Big Bear Lake seeks responsible reopening
Earlier today, Governor Newsom indicated he expects to loosen some restrictions for low-risk retail establishments, including bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting goods, and others this coming Friday. More specific guidelines are expected later this week, and the City will implement these changes in Big Bear Lake upon confirmation of details by State and County officials. These changes will be communicated in the City’s COVID-19 updates later this week.
- to date there have only been 5 confirmed cases in the City, with no new cases reported in the past 9 days,
- there have only been 2 new confirmed cases in Big Bear Lake in the past 30 days, and it’s also likely that some or all of the confirmed cases in Big Bear Lake have recovered by now,
- the unincorporated areas outside Big Bear Lake only have a total of 3 confirmed cases to date,
- the April 17 testing event in Big Bear Lake yielded only 1 positive test out of 229, and there was sufficient testing capacity for many more that day, but was not needed,
- any individual in our community who needs a COVID-19 test can easily secure a test at a nearby location,
- there is sufficient hospital bed, ICU bed, and ventilator capacity in San Bernardino County,
- Big Bear Fire / EMS call volumes remain below typical levels, and Bear Valley Community Hospital reports manageable patient loads,
- antibody testing is in the process of being rolled out in San Bernardino County, and
- Big Bear Lake residents and businesses have acted responsibly, and have diligently adhered to the recommendations and restrictions for more than 7 weeks now.
Guidance for lodging, vacation rentals coming soon
Lodging / vacation rental facilities take advantage of TOT/TBID Penalty Waivers
City Council previously authorized a 61-day waiver of penalties and interest for transient occupancy tax (TOT) and tourism business improvement district (TBID) payments, effectively extending the payment deadline from April 30 to June 30. This delay enables lodging and vacation rental facilities to maintain cash-flow during the next two months – when we expect to have these facilities operating again and generating new revenue. A total of 34 waivers were granted, with a total dollar value of approximately $600,000. The City is pleased to assist our lodging and vacation rental facilities that our critical to the City’s community success!
Enjoy the outdoors, but be responsible!
Boating activities are permitted on the lake [as of May 1], with a maximum of 4 individuals permitted on the boat. Limited vehicle / trailer parking (only 25 spaces) is available at the East Public Launch Ramp, and social distancing and face coverings are required while launching.
The City will have an increased enforcement presence to ensure that the public complies with these requirements. The City is working hard to enable the reopening of businesses in our community, and in order for us to take this next step it is critical for our community to use proper social distancing, face coverings, and personal hygiene. Thank you for your cooperation!