South Bend Mayor extends travel advisory

South Bend Mayor James Mueller has extended the local travel "watch" advisory which limits non-essential travel until May 11 in an effort to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“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.”

Residents can travel for essential functions, which 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
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