On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced an emergency travel order that requires anyone traveling to the city from states experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. States like Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California are on Chicago’s designated list, as well as 11 other states that are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.Only people who have spent more than 24 hours in one of the states on Chicago’s list have to quarantine, and the mandate will go into effect on Monday.New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced a similar order on June 24. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Travelers entering Chicago from states with COVID-19 outbreaks will have to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival, the city’s mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday.Coronavirus numbers are rising in 40 of 50 states, and the US set records on both Wednesday and Thursday for the number of daily new cases.Lightfoot wrote on Twitter that the order was created to “preserve the gains Chicago has made” in regards to the virus. The order will take effect on Monday, July 6.—Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 2, 2020The announcement follows in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut’s footsteps. The three states put out a similar order on June 24.
According to the city of Chicago website, states with more than 15 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day period will be designated as part of the mandate. The list will be updated every Tuesday, beginning on July 14.Travelers who violate the order could be fined up to $7,000, with a daily fine of between $100 to $500.As of July 3, 15 states were subject to the mandate:AlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaIdahoLouisianaMississippiNorth CarolinaNevadaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtah
The mandate only applies to the city of Chicago, so those traveling to other areas of Illinois will not have to quarantine.In addition, only individuals who spent more than 24 hours in a designated state will have to quarantine. For instance, travelers who have layovers or just stop for gas in a state on the list wouldn’t have to quarantine.The Chicago website notes that the order will be in effect “until further notice.” LoadingSomething is loading.