Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday ordered those traveling to Chicago from Iowa and Oklahoma to quarantine for two weeks starting Friday in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The quarantine order now covers travelers from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Starting Friday, those traveling to Chicago from Iowa and Oklahoma will be included, officials said.
All of those states now have an infection rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average.
Travelers from those states must stay “at a single designated home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home or dwelling,” according to the mayor’s office.
Violators could face fines of $100-$500 per day for a maximum fine of $7,000, according to the mayor’s office. However, city officials have said they are relying on an education campaign, rather than an enforcement effort.
Travel to obtain medical care, exchange children subject to a shared custody order and for essential workers is exempt from the order, according to the mayor’s office.
The order comes as the number of confirmed cases has risen among Chicagoans between the ages 18 and 29. Between June 15 and July 7, nearly 30% of all of the confirmed coronavirus cases were in young adults, according to data provided by the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Friday no one had been cited for violating the quarantine order, and city officials on Tuesday could not immediately say whether any additional citations had been issued in recent days.