Fadness declares local disaster emergency, restricts travel


Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness declared a local disaster emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order goes into effect March 17 and will last for seven days. During that time, travel is not permitted within the City of Fishers unless it is related to medical; required to provide care to someone; for mandatory work activities; for food, groceries, medication, essential goods and hygiene products.

The restriction does not impact any travel related to food delivery or the resupply of retail stores, pharmacies or food pantries.  

“As more information comes available, it’s important that we continue to further reinforce the recommendations I’ve shared before,” Fadness stated in a press release. “By declaring a local disaster emergency, I’m able to implement a travel advisory watch for the city of Fishers for the next seven days, the maximum limit allowed by law.”

Fadness requested entertainment venues and centers, fitness facilities or gyms, and places of worship to close as well, though he admitted he did not have legal authority to close the establishments.

“I firmly believe it is our civic responsibility for all of us to make the right choices and make sacrifices to ensure the long-term safety and sustainability of our community,” he stated.

The press release also stated Fishers Police Dept. and Fishers Fire and Emergency Services would enforce Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order requiring restaurants and bars to operate on a carry-out or delivery-only basis.

Fishers Parks and Recreation facilities and playgrounds also will close.

For residents who are in need of food, visit fishers.in.us/coronavirus.