Wayne County is now under a Level II Travel Watch (Essential Travel Only) until further notice because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

The ordinance defines essential travel as follows:
-You may travel to and from work and school. – You may travel to a place of safe shelter.
-You may travel to obtain essential medical care. – You may travel to obtain essential medications.
-You may travel to obtain essential supplies of food or fuel.
Non-essential travel is prohibited. Examples of travel for non-essential purposes would be entertainment, recreation, or to obtain non-essential items.

Wayne County Commissioners announced the decision Tuesday morning, declaring the existence or the threatened existence of a transportation emergency so as to regulate the operation and parking of motor vehicles to protect the public safety during an emergency situation.

Wayne County Commissioners with guidance from the Wayne County Health Department are taking responsive measures based upon the guidelines recommended by the governor of Indiana and the National Emergency Declaration by the President of the United States.

The penalty for violation of this emergency order IC 10-14-3-34 states; A person who knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly violates this chapter commits a Class B misdemeanor.

Commissioners said because Wayne County desires to protect the health of all its citizens, and to slow the rate of transmission and spread of COVID-19, the pandemic emergency shall be in effect until further notice.

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