Chicago is taking a page from New York’s playbook: The Illinois city will require visitors from 15 states with high COVID-19 infection rates to quarantine for 14 days, effective Monday.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the new policy on Thursday in a tweet: “To preserve the gains Chicago has made, we’re issuing an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days.”
The order applies the city of Chicago itself.
Affected states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
All 15 of those states are on the quarantine list issued by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as well.
A FAQ on the city’s website said any state with more than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents per day on a 7-day rolling average was eligible to be added to the quarantine list. Chicago’s criteria is more permissive than that used by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which put states with 10 new cases per day on its lists.
Other states may be added as Chicago officials do weekly reviews.
“The list of states will be reviewed and amended every Tuesday, starting July 14, with the order effective for those states the following Friday (three days later),” the FAQ said.
Those who violate the quarantine face fines between $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000.
Hotels and short-term rentals will be asked to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the designated states.
NY quarantine list: 8 more states added, including California, Tennessee, Georgia