Mayor James Mueller extended the local travel “watch” advisory that limits non-essential travel until May 11, in efforts to continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The travel advisory began on March 19 but had been superseded by Governor Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order.
“It’s important that we take action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 locally, especially until the state’s new testing and contact tracing capacity are in place,” said Mayor James Mueller. “Please limit non-essential travel until we have those additional resources working in our community.”
“South Bend does not operate on an island. With the rest of our region moving forward, we now need to turn our focus to limiting the next surge of infections while rebuilding our economy. Our success will depend on our residents continuing to follow CDC advice and taking personal responsibilities seriously.”
The travel advisory measure will still allow residents to travel for essential functions. A full list of travel deemed essential can be found below.
Mayor Mueller asks that residents limit their interaction with others and try to access the different services they use remotely rather than in person. Residents are encouraged to continue to go outside for walks, bike rides, and other activities while still maintaining extreme physical distance from others.
Essential travel includes:
- Travel to and from work
- Going to the grocery store
- Picking up a prescription
- Going to the doctor’s office
- Travel to the bank
- Going to court
- Taking children to childcare
- Going to and from restaurants
- Travel to obtain essential household goods, including cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products
- Conducting physically-distant outdoor activities