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Southern California’s Mt. Baldy Reopens with Strict Social Distancing Guidelines

Editor's Note: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, TGR asks that our readers abide by local safety measures, follow medically-supported best practices, and avoid further straining the healthcare system.

On April 22nd, Southern California's Mt. Baldy Resort reopened to the public, the continent's first and only resort to do so. Strict social distancing guidelines are in place, as is made clear on the resort's website:

"We are taking the COVID-19 crisis very seriously. Mt Baldy Resort is a unique all season mountain resort and is well designed to accommodate social distancing guidelines. In addition, we are implementing several policy changes that will help to ensure the safety and health of our guests and staff. Similar to how a golf course operates Mt Baldy will check-in a maximum of 4 individuals at 10 minute intervals. 1 Day Alpine Ticketed guests will have access to Lift #2 and #3 from that time until closing. In stark contrast to a golf course (150 acres), Mt Baldy Resort (800 acres) has more than 4x the area and will be operating at less than 10% of occupancy under this plan.

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Mask or face covering consistent with Order of the Health Officer of the County of San Bernardino County for the Control of COVID-19 must be worn at all times."

Many of the resort's guest services—rentals, walk-up ticketing, food and beverages, and restrooms, are closed or severely limited due to what their website describes as "scrutinous circumstances." More information on Baldy's social distancing guidelines is available here.

Presumably in an effort to limit non-local visitors, the resort has not widely promoted its reopening. 

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