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.
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
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
. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email
for more information on SBA disaster assistance.