Chicago will require visitors from states with surges of COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days after arrival or face a steep fine, officials say.
The city issued the emergency travel order Thursday for visitors, effective Monday. The initial order includes 15 states, though the list could change as positive cases increase or decline.
“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,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted.
The states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Chicago is using a rolling average over seven days to determine which states are included. If the state’s daily rate exceeds 15 new cases a day per 100,000 people over the seven-day period, visitors will be required to quarantine in the city.
“The order only applies to those who spent over 24 hours in a designated state,” Lightfoot tweeted. “It also only applies to people inside Chicago — it does not apply to other areas of Illinois.”
Violators are subject to fines of $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000.