Coronavirus Guidelines in The Bend

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Nov. 11 announced Indiana’s latest steps in the fight against COVID-19, ending the 5-stage Back on Track Indiana plan. 

Rather than a statewide plan, there are now county-by-county guidelines. Counties can be in the blue, yellow, orange or red zone. St. Joseph County — including South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, New Carlisle, Lakeville and the surrounding area — is currently in the orange zone. This means social gatherings are capped at 50 people, whether they are indoors or outdoors. 

Events seeking to exceed the 50-person limit must get approval from the local health department. Churches are exempt. 

Local Coronavirus Guidelines 

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If you’re traveling to The Bend, there are some things you should know as it relates to coronavirus guidelines. 

  • Face coverings: Required statewide and locally.
  • Travel restrictions: None. 
  • Social gatherings: Capped at 50 people, unless given health department approval.

What’s Open

Although there are currently no restrictions on businesses, keep in mind that many of them have chosen to modify hours and services. Please call ahead to any business if you have questions or are seeking more information.

  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs at full capacity. 
  • Personal services at full capacity. 
  • Gyms and fitness centers at full capacity. 
  • Conventions at full capacity. 
  • Amusements parks, water parks and the like at full capacity with social distancing in place. 
  • Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites at full capacity. 
    • This includes museums, zoos etc. 
  • Raceway events at full capacity. 

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Coronavirus-Related Reminders

Remember: social distancing is still encouraged as is wearing a face covering in public places, per an order from the St. Joseph County Health Department and the Indiana governor’s office.

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Please also keep in mind some basics for helping mitigate the spread of coronavirus. These measures can go a long way: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, preferably with your elbow.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.