Update #32
COVID-19 Emergency
April 15, 2020 - 6:30 pm
Thankfully, Still Only 5 Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Valley

Online Portal for Drive-Thru Testing Appointments Opens at 2 pm Thursday

Special City Council Meeting Agenda Available

Please Complete the 2020 Census,
Even If You Have a PO Box Address

Big Bear Chamber Announces Business Assistance Through US Chamber of Commerce
The City of Big Bear Lake is working hard to ensure that the residents, second home 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. This email newsletter also serves as the City's official press release regarding the City's COVID-19 response, and press inquiries may be directed to Frank A. Rush, Jr., City Manager, at 909-866-5832 or via email.
To be sure you are receiving the latest and most accurate information, please sign up for this email newsletter by clicking here . PLEASE share this email newsletter with anyone and everyone, as we want to reach as many people as possible with this information. Thank you!
Thankfully, there are still only 5 confirmed cases in Big Bear Valley. There remain a total of 3 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the City of Big Bear Lake and 2 confirmed cases in the Big Bear City area. HIPAA requirements prohibit the release of additional information about the patients or their specific location.

As of 5 pm today, there were a total of 996 confirmed cases in San Bernardino County. A total of 10,632 tests have been administered thus far in the County, and approximately 9.4% of those tested have been positive for COVID-19. Sadly, a total of 39 people have died from COVID-19 in San Bernardino County.

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.
The City and San Bernardino County are pleased to host a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event in Big Bear Lake on Friday, April 17 from 10 am - 2 pm. Appointments are required, and can be scheduled here beginning at 2 pm on Thursday, April 16. The testing event is limited to residents of the mountain communities only, and there are several other testing events scheduled for residents in other areas of San Bernardino County in the coming days.

The testing event will be held at the Big Bear Mountain Resorts parking lot on Fox Farm Road, adjacent to Bear Valley Community Hospital. The testing event will be coordinated so that you don't need to leave your vehicle. In order to promote efficient traffic flow all vehicles will be directed to access the drive-thru test site on Fox Farm Road from Big Bear Boulevard on the day of the testing event.
The City Council will conduct a special meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 10 am via the ZOOM online platform and via a telephone call-in number.

The purpose of the meeting is for City Council to receive an update on COVID-19 issues in the City of Big Bear Lake, discuss potential assistance for the lodging and vacation rental industry, consider a plan for July 4th fireworks (or a later date if it's not safe to do so on July 4), and consider any other helpful actions to promote public health and safety, and also the City's eventual economic recovery.

The agenda for this meeting, and all supporting information, can be accessed here , along with instructions for the public to share comments with the City Council before and during the meeting.
The 2020 Census is now underway, and the City of Big Bear Lake needs your help to make sure all of us in Big Bear Lake are counted!

We're only looking for about 10 minutes of your time, and you can even complete it on your smartphone - it's that easy - all you need to do is click here and complete the short questionnaire. If you are a permanent resident of Big Bear Lake OR if you are a second homeowner in Big Bear Lake who spends more than 6 months and 1 day per year (cumulatively, not consecutively) at your home in Big Bear Lake, PLEASE take the time to complete the questionnaire.

If you don't have your 12-digit Census ID, don't worry - simply click on the button directly below that says "If you don't have a Census ID, click here", and you will be directed to enter your physical address.

If your mailing address is PO Box, that's okay too, and simply enter your physical address in the appropriate box.

An accurate census count makes a huge difference in the amount of Federal and State funding distributed to California, San Bernardino County, and Big Bear Lake, and also determines how much representation we have in Sacramento and Washington, DC! Thank you!
Earlier today, the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce announced a new program through the US Chamber of Commerce - the Save Small Business Fund - that will provide assistance to small business owners impacted by COVID-19.

With contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the US Chamber Foundation will distribute $5,000 grants to small employers in the United States and its territories. Grant applications will open on April 20. For information on eligibility, grant timeline, and more, please click here.

There are many other resources available to local businesses impacted by COVID-19 and in need of financial assistance. Some of the most helpful sources are listed below.

  • The US Small Business Administration is administering several programs designed to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. To visit the Orange County / Inland Empire SBA office, please click here.

  • USDA Rural Development also offers programs that may be helpful to Big Bear businesses, and you can learn more about their programs here.

  • The San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency is also an excellent local resource for Big Bear businesses, offering information, webinars, and assistance. To learn more, please click here.

  • The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (California Go-Biz) includes information about various programs available to assist small business, including assistance for California businesses that are not eligible for SBA programs. To learn more, please visit their website.

  • Accountingprose, a small business bookkeeping and payroll service with offices in Phoenix and Denver, has prepared an excellent summary of the various Federal and private sector programs offering assistance to small businesses. To learn more, please click here, and be sure to click on the various tabs at the top of the page, as there are numerous programs available.

The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and the City of Big Bear Lake are happy to assist our local businesses seeking assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The City's point person for business assistance is Christine Bennett , Senior Administrative Services Analyst. Please contact Christine at (909) 866-5831, and she will be happy to help!
Many individuals in Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County are suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. If you'd like to make a contribution to help others, here are two suggestions to consider:

  • The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce has established a "virtual tip jar" to donate a "tip" to a service industry provider who has lost or been laid off from a job. The program is targeted to service industry employees such as restaurants, bars, hair and nail salons, spa services, dog groomers, and anyone who normally relies on tips. Displaced service employees can sign up for the program by clicking here. If you'd like to leave a virtual tip for your favorite service industry employee, please click here. 

  • San Bernardino County has established a partnership with Arrowhead United Way, and contributions can be made by clicking here. The San Bernardino (SB) United COVID-19 Relief Fund will support those most at risk and affected by COVID-19. This fund will serve to assist unsheltered residents, low-income individuals, entire families, and those who will face economic hardships due to COVID-19. All funds will remain local and be distributed to the 25 cities that their organization already currently serves. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. 

Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
The City of Big Bear Lake has implemented various public health recommendations and restrictions for the past several weeks, and continues to do so.

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,

  • 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!

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,

  • face coverings must be worn when you are interacting with others out in the community,

  • 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,

  • snow play is not permitted, except on your own property,

  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog, and

  • City parks (for pedestrian access, no parking available) and the Alpine Pedal Path remain open, however, these facilities should be enjoyed by yourself, with your small family group, and users should avoid close contact with others.
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.
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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.
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Frank A. Rush, Jr., City Manager
City of Big Bear Lake
39707 Big Bear Blvd. PO Box 10000, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: (909) 866-5831 | Fax: (909) 866-5491