As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a major concern of everyone, we are following the new state-wide “shelter in place order and the Big Bear Frontier will be closed until the restrictions are lifted. For any questions or concerns, you can reach us at [email protected]
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GOVERNOR'S ORDER CLARIFIED; LODGING FACILITIES AND VACATION RENTALS MAY NOT OPERATE IN BIG BEAR LAKE
Governor Newsom issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order late on March 19, with several exceptions, and has directed everyone to remain at home in an effort to discourage further community transmission of COVID-19. The City of Big Bear Lake has been diligently implementing these restrictions and those established by County public health officials since the COVID-19 event began, and is implementing additional restrictions as they are announced and/or clarified.
Earlier this morning, the City received additional clarification regarding lodging facilities and vacation rentals. Unless these facilities are housing critical infrastructure workers or specifically designated by the State or County to house confirmed COVID-19 patients (currently not the case in Big Bear Lake and highly unlikely in the future), lodging establishments and vacation rentals may not operate. Current bookings for the next several weeks should be cancelled, no new arrivals should be processed, and no new reservations should be accepted for the short-term until after the COVID-19 event has ended and these restrictions have been lifted.
At this time, most lodging facilities and vacation rentals have already closed, and there are very few visitors here. A windshield survey of lodging facilities by Sheriff's deputies this morning counted approximately 125 vehicles combined in all lodging facilities' parking lots, and it is important to note that some of these vehicles may be employees of the lodging facility or individual unit owners who have a right to utilize their property.
Any current guests in a lodging facility or a vacation rental should be directed to return directly home and continue to "shelter in place" in their home community or should remain sheltered in place in the unit.
Other guidance remains unchanged from the last update, and is as follows:
• 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,
• 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 situations described above,
• Non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities, and
• Isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog.
The City continues to adjust its guidance based on the announcement of additional restrictions and clarification of existing restrictions by the Governor and/or County public health officials, and will update its guidance to our residents accordingly in the future.