Visitors to Chicago from Kentucky will be required to quarantine for two weeks starting Friday, while visitors from California and Puerto Rico won’t have to isolate themselves, city officials announced Tuesday.
Starting Friday, the city’s order will include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
Indiana was not added to the city’s quarantine order, although Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health warned Sept. 1 that the Hoosier State was on the verge of crossing the tipping point.
Idaho, Nevada, Texas, North Carolina and Hawaii could be removed from the list if they see a second week of declining case counts, officials said.
Travelers from states included in the quarantine effort 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. No one has been cited for violating the order.
An average of 308 Chicagoans have been diagnosed each day with the coronavirus during the past week, a 13% decrease from the previous week, according to Chicago Department of Public Health data last updated on Sunday. The city’s average test positivity rate is 5%, according to the data.