FREMONT, Ohio — The mayor of Fremont has announced that the city is closing all of its fishing access to the Sandusky River amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Danny Sanchez also encouraged businesses to prohibit parking to the public for the purpose of reducing the spread of COVID-19 within the Fremont community.
“We are very grateful for the number of anglers that are drawn to our community annually and under normal circumstances would welcome everyone. However, at this time of crisis, it’s not the fishing that is of concern. The city is unable to provide adequate facilities such as restrooms and hand washing facilities for our visitors,” Sanchez said in a press release.
“Our local grocery stores are struggling to keep their shelves stocked and the influx in sportsmen would deplete our resources even further. This decision was made for the health, safety, and well-being of our residents.”
According to City of Fremont Law Director Jim Melle, individuals that do not comply with the order could face charges for criminal trespassing.
Sanchez also added that he will soon declare a state of emergency for the city of Fremont.