NBC Los Angeles-
A popular Southern California mountain resort city headed into the Memorial Day weekend with a decision to not enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, arguing it has kept COVID-19 cases manageable and there has been significant economic harm.
The city of Big Bear Lake said this week it encourages social distancing, face coverings and good hygiene, but it has no legal responsibilities to enforce the state orders. The city plans to refer all inquiries, complaints and concerns to the governor’s office and the state health department.
Perched along the south shore of its namesake lake more than 6,700 feet high in the San Bernardino Mountains, the city is a year-round getaway about a two-hour drive northeast of Los Angeles. A promising ski season abruptly shut down in March with onset of pandemic restrictions.