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With the coronavirus outbreak causing significant disruption throughout Indiana and the rest of the world, the Elkhart County CVB wants to provide its partners, stakeholders and residents with the most factual information and credible guidance for your response.  

Travel limitations 

As of March 25, 2020, the state of Indiana is under a “stay at home” order for all but essential travel and essential activities. Permitted activities include travel to and from work and visiting the grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, medical care facilities and activities such as trash pickup. See this page for more information. 

Closures & Cancellation

We are tracking this closely, but for the most up to date information, please contact the venue, business or organization to confirm details.  

The Elkhart County CVB supports decisions by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb as well as leaders of our local municipal governments concerning business operations such as closures, meetings and travel. Protecting public health is a top priority and must remain so as health professionals deal with this evolving situation. 

•    Listing of cancelled or postponed events in Elkhart County

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Restaurant Updates

At the direction of government, all restaurants will discontinue dine-in service. Many are shifting to take out and/or delivery services. Let’s show our local restaurants some love by ordering carry out.  
•    Restaurants working responsibly to serve you

Explore, Hike and Bike

Check out a beautiful local park you haven’t visited before (or one you have) and enjoy a nice walk or bike ride. Just remember to avoid groups and stay 6 feet apart.  

•    Elkhart County outdoors & recreation

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As of March 17, 2020, the Elkhart County Visitor Center is closed to the public, though staff continues its work of representing Elkhart County and its business partners. 

To our residents, partners and future visitors, stay safe and stay positive. Here are a few important reminders.  

Taking measures such as social distancing (avoiding contact with other people at public places), practicing good hygiene, and staying home when feeling ill are ways in which we in Elkhart County can show that we love each other and care for our community. 

Information for partners and stakeholders

The Elkhart County CVB is grateful to the medical professionals, educators, and first responders who are working hard to keep our community safe and to teach our students in the face of adversity. We are also sympathetic to the tourism and hospitality workers as well as families who will be significantly impacted by this crisis. 

Continue to monitor information published by expert sources such as the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana State Department of Health, and Elkhart County Health Department. We urge our partners to rely on these information sources as well as those of your government entity (city, town, county, etc.). 

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Here is information from health experts to protect yourself and your staff:

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
•    Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing.
•    Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
•    Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands 
•    Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:
•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•    Stay home when you are sick.
•    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To remain up-to-date on the most current information, we refer you to these sources:
•    Indiana State Department of Health coronavirus information and updates
•    Elkhart County Health Department
•    Destinations International resource page: Destinations International is a global leader in the tourism and hospitality industry.

A Message for Our Partners