PUBLISHED: May 22, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
The city of Big Bear Lake will no longer enforce the governor's stay-at-home orders and is letting closed businesses decide when they're ready to reopen.
After 10 weeks of business closures and restrictions on residents, the novel coronavirus is manageable in the city, but it's caused "significant and continuing economic and social harm," according to a city newsletter. Tourism-dependent businesses
have been especially harmed, officials say.
"We're relying on our businesses, our residents and our visitors to be responsible, to be safe, to make good decisions and to take responsibility for their own actions," City Manager Frank Rush said.
On Thursday, May 21, the City Council, including Mayor Rick Herrick, who has recovered from the disease
caused by the virus, agreed to stop enforcing and communicating state orders, instead referring businesses to the governor's guidelines for reopening safely.