Chicago health officials expanded the city’s COVID-19 quarantine order Tuesday to include all states except Hawaii, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced.
The order also includes Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. All travelers coming to Chicago from those states and territories must quarantine for 10 days or record a negative test for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reduced the required quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, and Chicago’s travel order reflects that new guidance, officials said.
Before Thanksgiving, travelers from Hawaii, Maine and Vermont were not required to quarantine or record a negative test. After a post-holiday surge in cases, only Hawaii is averaging fewer than 15 COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health order.
Travelers from Rhode Island, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Kansas, Delaware, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Alaska, Connecticut, California, Alabama, Wyoming, Montana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Minnesota, Arkansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and West Virginia and are required to quarantine for 10 days, because those states are recording more new COVID-19 cases per day, per 100,000 population, than Chicago, officials said.
Travelers from all other states will be required to quarantine for 10 days or test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving in Chicago, officials said. Those states have an average between 15 new cases per day, per 100,000 population, and Chicago’s rolling case average, officials said.
Violators of the quarantine order could face fines of $100 to $500 per day for a maximum fine of $7,000, according to Lightfoot’s office. However, city officials have said they’re relying on an education campaign rather than an enforcement effort. No one has been cited for violating the order, which was first announced in July.
Travel by essential workers and students commuting to class is exempt from the order, according to the mayor’s office, as is travel to obtain medical care or exchange children subject to a shared custody order.