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Plan to give away face masks causes traffic issue in Mishawaka

A couple wear face masks to protect against the Coronavirus outbreak as they visit Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday, March 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

An effort by a local restaurant to hand out face masks was shut down by police over traffic safety concerns. However, to be clear, the Mishawaka Police Department is 100% in favor of Big Panda Buffet’s effort to get N-95 masks to the general public. It just needs to be done safely.

On Monday, Big Panda had cars lining up outside as early as 6:30am and before things got started it stretched from the restaurant all the way to the intersection with Grape Rd. Big Panda is located on McKinley Hwy. between Grape Rd and Main Street.

They’ve already set a new location, University Park Mall, although no date has been chosen. You can find out more on the Big Panda Buffet facebook page.


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