Because of COVID-19’s implications on the travel and tourism industry, Visit South Bend Mishawaka has been monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 closely.
We are encouraging visitors and members of the community to follow guidelines set forth by our local health agencies and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is also important to keep local and statewide orders top of mind.
As of March 23, Indiana governor Eric Holcomb announced the first stay-at-home order for the state. It now expires April 20, but can be extended as the situation warrants. This bans all but essential travel. Restaurants can still provide take-out and delivery services.
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President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force has also recommended more social distancing measures, specifically not to gather in groups of more than 10 if possible.
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It’s important we all do our part to mitigate the situation. Please remember these basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus:
- 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.
Below you will find resources from the CDC, St. Joseph County Department of Health and other organizations with facts and up-to-date information on how to respond to COVID-19.
St. Joseph County Department of Health: https://www.sjcindiana.com/302/Health-Department
Guidance for business from the South Bend Regional Chamber: https://www.sbrchamber.com/blog/2020/03/03/chamber/guidance-for-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-covid-19/
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Destinations International COVID-19 Hub: https://destinationsinternational.org/message-leaders-meetings-and-events-industry
Guidance from the U.S. Travel Association: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/emergency-preparedness-and-response-coronavirus-covid-19