CHICAGO (CBS) – City authorities have added two other states to the mandatory travel quarantine order in Chicago, requiring that anyone traveling from a state considered a COVID-19 hotspot to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the city. As of Friday, travelers from Iowa and Oklahoma will be included in the order, which already covered travel from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia , Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. The quarantine order came into force on July 6. The city’s quarantine warrant covers anyone arriving in Chicago from these states, including visitors to Chicago, and residents returning from a trip to one of the states. The list of states covered by the quarantine order includes those whose virus has a case rate higher than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day, on a moving average of 7 days. The mayor’s office said the list will be updated every Tuesday and that changes to the list will take effect the following Friday. States will be removed from the list if their COVID-19 infection rates fall below the city-established threshold. City officials said it was sort of an honor system, rather than relying on the practical application of the quarantine warrant. Chicago officials told the public last week that they did not necessarily take a practical approach. “We don’t have a plan, for example, to search for license plates outside the state and to attract people. We have no plan to create a list of people who are traveling and try to find them, ”said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, earlier this month. Mayor Lori Lightfoot also said the resources will not be used to keep people from traveling. “We are not going to send teams to name people who have committed violations, but we want people to think that if you go to one of those states where you see a literally historic number of daily counts, you have an obligation to be aware of this fact and to protect yourself, but also to protect your neighbors in this new locality against a potential spread of the virus, “said Lightfoot, citing the example of Florida where cases continue to increase at alarming rates. Violators will be subject to fines of $ 100 to $ 500 per day, up to $ 7,000. Exceptions to the order will be authorized for trips for medical care and shared custody of the parents. Business trips to Chicago for essential workers are also exempt from the quarantine order. Quarantine will also not apply to people who simply cross Chicago, such as those who take a connecting flight or who simply cross the city. Illinois did not issue such a statewide order, and when the city announced its order, the office of Governor JB Pritzker said it did not plan to do so, but the governor said this could change if necessary. .
CHICAGO (CBS) – CTA is distributing “Travel Healthy” kits this week to protect passengers boarding buses and trains.
Starting Tuesday, the busiest stations will distribute kits with a hand sanitizer and a cloth face mask, as well as advice on how to stay safe while riding on the rails.
The first batch will be distributed Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the 95th Red Line stop, Polk Pink Line station and Clark and Lake.