South Bend mayor declares local emergency, puts travel advisory in place

South Bend travel advisory

The mayor of South Bend announced a local disaster emergency on Thursday and issued a travel advisory.

The advisory means that only essential travel should be taken. It is being implemented today, effective at 2:00 PM.

“This travel advisory will still allow people to travel for essential reasons, which includes going to and from work, going to the grocery, picking up a prescription, visiting the doctor’s office, dropping your kids off at daycare, picking up food from a restaurant and traveling for emergencies,” Mayor Mueller said.

The mayor is discouraging residents from traveling to visit friends or places where people congregate. However, at this time, the travel advisory is voluntary and not being enforced with any sanctions.

“What’s important right now is that we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and by avoiding unnecessary travel you can play your role in protecting the vulnerable members of our community,” Mueller added.

He implored residents to “please follow these directions. These measures only work if everyone follows them. We don’t want to enforce travel restrictions, but we will if we have to.”

Click here to read Mayor Mueller’s full statement.

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