Update #66
COVID-19 Emergency
May 26, 2020 - 6 pm
Keep Big Bear Open! City Reminds ALL Businesses to Require Face Coverings, Enforce 6 Ft. Separation, Provide Sanitizer

Most Big Bear Lake Businesses May Now Operate in Compliance with Governor's Resilience Roadmap

Governor Not Expected to Approve City Plan, Big Bear Businesses Should Follow Governor's Resilience Roadmap for Business-Specific Guidance

Covid-Compliant Business Partnership Program Offers $2,500 Grants to Businesses to Operate Safely

Key Recommendations for Residents and Visitors

City Hall Again Welcoming Walk-In Customers

Still 9 Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Valley

No Significant Change in Hospitalizations, Ventilator Use
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, 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.
 
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KEEP BIG BEAR OPEN! CITY REMINDS ALL BUSINESSES TO REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS, ENFORCE 6 FT. SEPARATION, PROVIDE SANITIZER
With businesses finally reopening in the Big Bear Valley, the City reminds 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, and

  • provide hand sanitizer stations and/or hand washing stations at the entrance, and promote good hygiene.

We are fortunate that there has been a low incidence of COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley, and all of us need to do our part to keep it that way. It's essential for our businesses to implement these simple measures to keep yourself, your employees, and our community safe, and also to keep our businesses open! The last thing anyone wants is to go backwards!

Big Bear businesses are encouraged to download the attached flyer and post in multiple visible locations to provide a constant reminder.

We need everyone's diligence to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley, and appreciate the EXTRA EFFORT of our businesses!

MOST BUSINESSES IN BIG BEAR LAKE MAY NOW OPERATE IN COMPLIANCE WITH GOVERNOR'S RESILIENCE ROADMAP
From a practical standpoint, Governor Newsom's actions over the past few days now allow most businesses (including churches) in Big Bear Lake to operate in compliance with the Governor's Resilience Roadmap .

The following types of businesses appear to be the only businesses in Big Bear Lake that are not permitted to operate at this time under the Governor's Resilience Roadmap: traditional lodging facilities, the movie theater, the bowling alley, the convention center, gyms and fitness centers, bars, music venues, tattoo parlors, and nail salons - until such time that the Governor authorizes a progression to future stages of the Governor's Resilience Roadmap. The City is hopeful that the Governor will officially lift these restrictions in the near future, as there do not appear to be any greater health risks associated with the operation of these businesses than other permitted businesses IF appropriate health and safety measures are implemented.

The City encourages all businesses to implement appropriate measures to promote the health and safety of employees, patrons, and our residents. The City continues to encourage all businesses not currently permitted to operate under the Governor's Resilience Roadmap to take responsibility for their own actions, thoughtfully consider the Governor’s orders and the risks associated with their specific circumstances (including health, legal, financial, and licensing), and act accordingly.  Risks of reopening certain businesses contrary to the Governor’s orders might include loss of State licenses applicable to certain businesses, among others. As communicated previously, the City no longer intends to take enforcement action with regard to the Governor's orders. 
GOVERNOR NOT EXPECTED TO APPROVE CITY PLAN, BIG BEAR BUSINESSES SHOULD FOLLOW GOVERNOR'S RESILIENCE ROADMAP FOR BUSINESS- SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
The City worked with community and business leaders in late April and early May to develop its own Plan for the Safe, Responsible Reopening of Big Bear Lake, and requested formal approval from Governor Newsom on May 13. The City did not receive a response to this request. As a result of the recent easing of restrictions by the Governor, the City no longer expects a response - as the key goals of reopening our community have been largely achieved.

In order to eliminate confusion for our business owners, the City advises all City businesses to adhere to business-specific guidance included in the Governor's Resilience Roadmap when reopening:

  • Childcare facilities - click here

  • Churches and other places of worship - click here

  • Construction businesses - click here

  • Delivery services - click here

  • Hair salons and beauty shops - click here

  • Offices - click here

  • Real estate transactions - click here

  • Restaurants - click here

  • Retail establishments - click here

  • Service industries - click here

  • Shopping centers - click 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.
COVID-COMPLIANT BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS $2,500 GRANTS TO BUSINESSES TO OPERATE SAFELY
San Bernardino County is helping small businesses operate safely and stay open through its new COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Funding is available to businesses who enforce physical distancing, require customers and employees to wear face coverings, and practice prudent hygiene.

Small businesses can receive up to $2,500 to implement those measures. Big Bear businesses can learn more and apply here.

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS
Please heed the following recommendations, and help keep yourself and your community safe:

  • 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, and

  • all individuals should cover your cough or sneeze.

Thank you for EVERYONE's efforts to keep our community safe!
CITY HALL AGAIN WELCOMING WALK-IN CUSTOMERS
The City has maintained operations throughout the COVID-19 event, but has required City customers to either conduct business online or via telephone, or to schedule an appointment for in-person visits.

Beginning May 27, walk-in customers are again welcome at City Hall, and we look forward to serving you! Face coverings are required to enter City Hall, and hand sanitizer is available upon entrance. Please maintain at least 6 ft. of separation from other City customers and City employees.

STILL 9 CONFIRMED CASES IN BIG BEAR VALLEY
According to San Bernardino County, there are still a total of 9 confirmed cases in the Big Bear Valley, including 6 in the City of Big Bear Lake and 3 in unincorporated areas outside the City limits. There have been only 2 confirmed cases in the Big Bear Valley in the past month, and 0 new cases in the past 18 days. It is also important to note that many of the 9 confirmed cases have fully recovered, and have resumed normal activities.

The County reports a total of 4,567 confirmed cases in San Bernardino County. A total of 54,901 tests have been administered thus far in the County, with 8.3% testing positive for COVID-19. Sadly, a total of 176 people have now died from COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, however, it is at least encouraging that there have been no new deaths reported for the past 4 days. Thankfullly, there are still 0 deaths reported for the Big Bear Valley.

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.
NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS, VENTILATOR USE
Thankfully, the health care systems in both the Big Bear Valley and San Bernardino County have maintained sufficient hospital and ventilator availability for the duration of the COVID-19 event.

There are approximately 6,000 hospital beds in San Bernardino County, and it is also important to note that the County has specifically identified 1,129 "surge capacity" beds (the number of additional beds a hospital could provide if all available space was needed) in response to the COVID-19 event. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in San Bernardino County peaked on April 10, approximately 6 weeks ago, with 451 patients hospitalized. According to the latest County data, there are currently 242 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County.

According to the latest San Bernardino County data, there are a total of 70 COVID-19 patients in intensive care. There are currently 196 intensive care beds still available in San Bernardino County. The number of ICU patients also peaked on April 10, approximately 6 weeks ago, with 124 patients in ICU.

According to the latest San Bernardino County data, COVID-19 patients are currently utilizing 45 ventilators out of the 835 ventilators in our County. There are a total of 200 ventilators currently being utilized by patients with other ailments, and a total of 590 ventilators remain available. Since April 1, there have never been less than 388 ventilators available in San Bernardino County.

Thankfully, Bear Valley Community Hospital and Big Bear Fire / EMS officials continue to experience manageable patient loads and call volumes. Bear Valley Community Hospital is equipped with more than 30 hospital beds and 7 ventilators, but it is important to note that any COVID-19 patients would likely be transferred to larger hospitals in San Bernardino County (perhaps Loma Linda, Arrowhead, or others) where more specialized care is available. Thus, it is critically important for the City to monitor overall trends in San Bernardino County.
SEROLOGY TESTING NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The San Bernardino County Public Health Department is now offering serology (antibody) testing for qualifying County residents at San Bernardino County Health Centers. The County operates Health Centers in Hesperia, Ontario, San Bernardino, and Adelanto. Big Bear residents are welcome to visit any of these centers. An appointment is necessary, and may be scheduled by calling (800) 722-4777.

The City continues to work with County public health officials to arrange for more convenient serology testing in the Big Bear Valley, and additional details will be announced as they become available.
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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