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COVID-19 Update #105 - September 17, 2020 - https://conta.cc/35JEVDy
COVID-19 Update #104 - September 15, 2020 - https://conta.cc/3mn9GUF
COVID-19 Update #103 - September 10, 2020 - https://conta.cc/3k9w5mG
COVID-19 Update #102 - September 8, 2020 - https://conta.cc/35jlelG
COVID-19 Update #101 - September 3, 2020 - https://conta.cc/3bpCtCO
COVID-19 Update #100 - September 1, 2020 - https://conta.cc/2EFMeBf
COVID-19 Update #99 - August 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/2YGC8qx
COVID-19 Update #98 - August 25, 2020 https://conta.cc/32ncxE4
COVID-19 Update #97 - August 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/2EgZ5cl
COVID-19 Update #96 - August 18, 2020 https://conta.cc/34c9KzZ
COVID-19 Update #95 - August 13, 2020 https://conta.cc/2XZr8US
COVID-19 Update #94 - August 11, 2020 https://conta.cc/2DZLCp1
COVID-19 Update #93 - August 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/33CXDvs
COVID-19 Update #91 - July 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/33cehli
COVID-19 Update #90 - July 28, 2020 https://conta.cc/2COL7hH
COVID-19 Update #89 - July 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2WNLbok
COVID-19 Update #88 - July 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/30C0SjE
COVID-19 Update #87 - July 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Ot3Npd
COVID-19 Update #86 - July 13, 2020 https://conta.cc/3frUYYt
COVID-19 Update #85 - July 10, 2020 https://conta.cc/2ANluwB
COVID-19 Update #84 - July 9, 2020 https://conta.cc/2BLwhIg
COVID-19 Update #83 - July 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/38zNyjt
COVID-19 Update #82 - July 3, 2020 https://conta.cc/3gq0wD7
COVID-19 Update #80 - July 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/31vyRMS
COVID-19 Update #79 - June 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/2BrsJKL
COVID-19 Update #78 - June 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/3ga2Spp
COVID-19 Update #77 - June 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/2A59hCW
COVID-19 Update #76 - June 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/2NfBtWW
COVID-19 Update #75 - June 17, 2020 https://conta.cc/3hEbExC
COVID-19 Update #74 - June 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/30MOwXU
COVID-19 Update #73 - June 10, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fc3meb
COVID-19 Update #72 - June 5, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Yaasce
COVID-19 Update # 71 - June 2, 2020https://conta.cc/2XTIDFd
COVID-19 Update # 70 - June 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/3eDfwfZ
COVID-19 Update #69 – May 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/3dmfhWA
COVID-19 Update #68 - May 28, 2020 https://conta.cc/36DwZCh
COVID-19 Update #67 - May 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/2TNAAsh
COVID-19 Update #66 - May 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/3gpRAhU
COVID-19 Update #65 - May 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2zs86Nz
COVID-19 Update #64 - May 22, 2020 https://conta.cc/2LNZh3o
COVID-19 Update #63 - May 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/2LLCBRn
COVID-19 Update #62 - May 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yjnhYU
COVID-19 Update #61 - May 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/3e2Jda6
COVID-19 Update #60 - May 18, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fZFoEh
COVID-19 Update #59 - May 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fUAPLy
COVID-19 Update #58 - May 14, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yXNixi
COVID-19 Update #57 - May 13, 2020 https://conta.cc/3bufchy
COVID-19 Update #56 - May 12, 2020 https://conta.cc/3dDSLrO
COVID-19 Update #55 - May 11, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yCYCyU
COVID-19 Update #54 - May 8, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Wy0Kj2
COVID-19 Update #53 - May 7, 2020 https://conta.cc/3dmbyri
COVID-19 Update #52 - May 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/3b8zAEY
COVID-19 Update #51 - May 5, 2020 https://conta.cc/2A3DLVI
COVID-19 Update #50 - May 4, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yhANwl
COVID-19 Update #49 - May 2, 2020 https://conta.cc/3fgKpYD
COVID-19 Update #48 - May 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/2VVBJ2k
COVID-19 Update #47 - April 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Sqni47
COVID-19 Update #46 - April 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/2SffaU7
COVID-19 Update #45 - April 28, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Shb8KJ
COVID-19 Update #44 - April 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/2KF1QEd
COVID-19 Update #43 - April 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/3eTqbnF
COVID-19 Update #42 - April 25, 2020 https://conta.cc/2W0BiT0
COVID-19 Update #41 - April 24, 2020 https://conta.cc/3aFTx5v
COVID-19 Update #40 - April 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2yEBb7M
COVID-19 Update #39 - April 22, 2020 https://conta.cc/2VvF5ck
COVID-19 Update #38 - April 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/3cBQflf
COVID-19 Update #37 - April 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/34POrT4
COVID-19 Update #36 - April 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/3eycM4g
COVID-19 Update #35 - April 18, 2020 https://conta.cc/3bpo5K8
COVID-19 Update #34 - April 17, 2020 https://conta.cc/34J5Nku
COVID-19 Update #33 - April 16, 2020 https://conta.cc/3aj3INg
COVID-19 Update #32 - April 15, 2020 https://conta.cc/3epvSJU
COVID-19 Update #31 - April 14, 2020 https://conta.cc/3b9Au4F
COVID-19 Update #30 - April 13, 2020 https://conta.cc/2VtisDN
COVID-19 Update #29 - April 11, 2020 https://conta.cc/2xdaQNZ
COVID-19 Update #28 - April 10, 2020 https://conta.cc/3ecNYi9
COVID-19 Update #27 - April 9, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Xl4y9D
COVID-19 Update #26 - April 8, 2020 https://conta.cc/3e6Utmv
COVID-19 Update #25 - April 7, 2020 https://conta.cc/3cbVvvZ
COVID-19 Update #24 - April 6, 2020 https://conta.cc/2JGEH3M
COVID-19 Update #23 - April 5, 2020 https://conta.cc/2XnF5MT
COVID-19 Update #22 - April 4, 2020 https://conta.cc/2XgFY9A
COVID-19 Update #21 - April 3, 2020 https://conta.cc/2UGMHbm
COVID-19 Update #20 - April 2, 2020 https://conta.cc/2X2Ffsz
COVID-19 Update #19 - April 1, 2020 https://conta.cc/2w2RgDg
COVID-19 Update #18 - March 31, 2020 https://conta.cc/2ygkzTB
COVID-19 Update #18 - March 31, 2020 https://conta.cc/2ygkzTB
COVID-19 Update #17 – March 30, 2020 https://conta.cc/2URYC5b
COVID-19 Update #16 – March 29, 2020 https://conta.cc/2UqkiWM
COVID-19 Update #15 – March 28, 2020 https://conta.cc/2wLfNNt
COVID-19 Update #14 – March 27, 2020 https://conta.cc/3buEYTb
COVID-19 Update #13 – March 26, 2020 https://conta.cc/33ON72d
COVID-19 Update #12 – March 25, 2020 https://conta.cc/2UAaZT3
COVID-19 Update #11 – March 24, 2020 https://conta.cc/2xjk5vI
COVID-19 Update #10 – March 23, 2020 https://conta.cc/2WCU0SN
COVID-19 Update #9 – March 22, 2020 https://conta.cc/2xYaBGl
COVID-19 Update #8 – March 21, 2020 https://conta.cc/3aapNhN
COVID-19 Update #7 – March 20, 2020 https://conta.cc/2weYKmZ
COVID-19 Update #6 – March 19, 2020 https://conta.cc/395vQTA
COVID-19 Update #5 – March 18, 2020 https://conta.cc/2U4D1at
COVID-19 Update #4 – March 17, 2020 https://conta.cc/2TZ6W3R
COVID-19 Update #3 – March 16, 2020 https://conta.cc/2Wuu1x1
COVID-19 Update #2 – March 14, 2020 https://conta.cc/2vpYrVW
If you are a resident of Big Bear Lake, the City encourages you to remain vigilant, and adhere to the following recommendations:
- 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,
- all individuals should cover your cough or sneeze,
- if you do travel off the mountaintop, or out of the area, be especially vigilant so you don't contract the virus and return to Big Bear Lake, and importantly, consider the needs of our local business owners and their employees (your neighbors!), and understand the need for our community to get back to work so that we can remain a vibrant,attractive, and cohesive community!
The City, our businesses, and our residents have all worked hard for the past several months to keep our community safe, and we're pleased to be one of the safest places anywhere.
We truly want others to enjoy this special place, and we welcome our visitors' significant contributions to our community. We do, however, need ALL visitors to respect our community, act responsibly, and be especially mindful of our COVID-19 concerns. The City asks ALL visitors to adhere to the following:
- if you are not feeling well, please stay away!
- enjoy Big Bear Lake with your immediate family or immediate household, and please don't organize large gatherings or parties in Big Bear Lake (note: vacation rentals are permitted, but are limited to members of the same immediate household),
- whenever possible, please patronize our local restaurants who are eager to serve you, and also bring supplies from your home community,
- respect our permanent residents, and act responsibly in and around our community - the same way you'd want visitors to behave in your community,
- consider the fact that you may unknowingly be carrying COVID-19 from your home community, and take appropriate precautions to help keep our community safe so we may continue to welcome visitors in the future,
- carry face coverings at all times, and use them during all interactions with others,
- always maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others whenever possible, and
- wash your hands frequently, and/or use hand sanitizer whenever it's not possible to wash your hands
GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S RESILIENCE ROADMAP
Under the Governor's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, many businesses in Big Bear Lake are restricted to operate under certain restrictions and limitations.
In order to eliminate confusion for Business owners, the City advises all City businesses to adhere to business-specific guidance included in the Governor's Blueprint for a Safer Economy when opening.
- Childcare facilities
- Churches and other places of worship - as of July 13, churches and other places of worship may only operate outdoors.
- Construction businesses
- Delivery services
- Hair salons and beauty shops
- Offices - as of July 13, offices for non-essential sectors must close.
- Real estate transactions
- Restaurants - restaurants are currently limited to take-out, delivery, and outdoor seating only.
- Retail establishments
- Service industries
- Shopping centers
- Traditional lodging facilities and vacation rentals
- Bowling Alley - currently not permitted to operate.
- Movie Theater - currently not permitted to operate.
- Bars - all bars are ordered to remain closed, and may not operate indoors or outdoors. Bars that offer food are subject to the same restrictions as restaurants.
- Gyms and Fitness Centers - as of July 13, all gyms and fitness centers may only operate outdoors.
- the Big Bear Alpine Zoo - the zoo can only operate outdoors.
- Nail Salons
- Tattoo Parlors - currently not permitted to operate.
City staff encourages all of the businesses that are not allowed to conduct business inside to be creative in developing ways to serve customers outdoors, and the City expects to be flexible with our local businesses operating outdoors, provided the activities do not cause an immediate safety concern.
It is critical that ALL Big Bear Lake businesses operate safely and responsibly in order to keep our community SAFE and keep our community OPEN. City and County officials are now making more targeted educational visits to businesses, and the State is deploying a new Strike Force to take enforcement action against any businesses that do not come into compliance. Additionally, the County has established an online complaint form, and this form can be accessed here.
If your business is permitted to operate in the Big Bear Valley, the City encourages 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,
- provide hand sanitizer stations and/or handwashing stations at the entrance, and promote good hygiene, and
- thoughtfully consider your neighbors, the residents of our community, who may have valid and continuing fears of COVID-19, and try to understand this issue from their perspective.
Please post the flyer below in multiple visible locations to provide a constant reminder!
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES IF AN EMPLOYEE HAS SYMPTOMS OR TESTS POSITIVE
San Bernardino County public health officials have prepared a helpful document to assist businesses if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, and this document can viewed HERE.
In short, any employee with COVID-19 symptoms (or symptoms of any illness) should stay home from work and away from everyone, and businesses should emphasize this message to all employees.
If a business has an employee that tests positive for COVID-19, the employee should stay home from work and away from everyone. Upon learning of the positive case, the business is required to thoroughly disinfect all areas where the employee was working, but is not required to close down for any defined period of time.
The COVID-19 positive employee should remain away from work, and the business should take appropriate steps to notify other employees, should keep any other employees that may have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with the COVID-19 positive employee within 2 days prior to the first symptoms away from work also, and should make sure all employees are closely monitoring for symptoms.
Most importantly, the business should implement proper distancing among patrons and employees, require face coverings, and promote good hygiene.
The City of Big Bear Lake is focused on making sure our community continues to experience a low incidence of COVID-19. One way we can all help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear face coverings when interacting with others. We get it - the face coverings can be uncomfortable, unnatural, and some question their effectiveness or need - but they are one of the easiest protection measures to implement, and far more preferable than shutting down our entire community again!
Face coverings are more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from you to others, especially if you are not exhibiting symptoms and don't know you're carrying the virus. The face covering reduces the likelihood that droplets containing the virus make it out of you and into the air near others, and wearing a face covering shows that YOU CARE about others around you. PLEASE do your part by ALWAYS wearing a face covering when interacting with others!
To clarify, in Big Bear Lake:
- face coverings are required, and are highly recommended for use by EVERYONE while interacting with others - indoors and outdoors,
- face coverings are required to be worn by all employees of businesses operating in Big Bear Lake to demonstrate to our residents and visitors that we care about their safety, and to comply with official guidelines,
- ALL of our businesses should implement a policy whereby customers may not enter the business if they are not wearing a face covering; many official guidelines require customers to wear face coverings, many businesses are already doing this, and we now need ALL businesses to do their part,
- face coverings should be worn by all residents to show our neighbors that we care about their safety, and to prevent us from unknowingly spreading the virus to our visitors,
- face coverings should be worn by all visitors to Big Bear Lake to prevent the spread of the virus from their home communities to our community.
Given the alternative of shutting everything down again, it's not too much to ask our residents, businesses, and visitors to wear face coverings. Show others that you care about their safety and well-being, and PLEASE wear face coverings any time you come within 6 feet of others - period!
As Mayor Rick Herrick notes, "We are living in interesting times and with each new day we need to adjust to new orders and new realities which can be confusing or seem contradictory. As Mayor, I am asking that we set the right tone for our residents and our visitors by practicing social distancing, proper hygiene and wearing face coverings while shopping or encountering non-family members in public. Face coverings are the most visual indicator that we care about your health. Please join me along with our City Council, community leaders, our houses of worship, our stores, and restaurants by creating a space where residents and visitors can feel confident that we are doing our part to curtail COVID-19."
Thank you for EVERYONE'S cooperation! Show others that you care!
With communities all over California reopening, including Big Bear Lake, it is more important than ever to quickly identify COVID-19 cases and take appropriate steps to quarantine infected individuals and engage in contract tracing as quickly as possible. The City encourages EVERYONE with potential COVID-19 symptoms to get tested immediately.
COVID-19 testing is available in many locations in San Bernardino County, and a complete list of testing sites, hours, and instructions is located here. Big Bear Lake residents are eligible for testing at any of these locations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and may include:
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
If you have one or more of these symptoms, please call your medical provider or visit one of the County's COVID-19 test sites as soon as possible. It's in your best interest, your family's best interest, and our community's best interest to diagnose any new cases as quickly as possible.
Several assistance programs have already been announced, including the following:
- The Federal CARES Act includes $2.2 trillion in aid for individuals, businesses, State and local government, and institutions. TheCARES Act includes funding for loan and grant programs for various business sectors, including the tourism industry. City staff is working with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and others to identify programs that are especially beneficial to our residents and businesses and will share pertinent information with the Big Bear Lake community as it becomes known.
- 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 COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications here. Applicants may also contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Local employees displaced due to the impact of COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance, and/or paid family leave through the California Employment Development Department. As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have a limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. The provisions of the program once operational include:
- Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
- An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.
- San Bernardino County implemented the COVID-Compliance Business Partnership Program as part of the San Bernardino County Readiness & Recovery Plan to support local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with public safety practices. Learn more and apply HERE.
For detailed information on business funding options, as well as unemployment and tax information, please click HERE. This information was compiled by Accountingprose, a business bookkeeping & accounting service, and is updated almost daily.
For assistance navigating these potential opportunities, please contact Christine Bennett, Senior Administrative Services Analyst at 909-866-5831.