Today’s the first day of Chicago’s travel quarantine order, set to begin for those coming in from states with COVID-19 surges. The order began at 12:01 a.m. this morning for anyone returning from 15 states over the Fourth of July weekend.
Travelers affected include anyone who came into the City of Chicago and have recently traveled to Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas or Utah.
Recent travelers who break quarantine could be fined up to $7,000. The order is a mandate, not a suggestion from Chicago health officials.
Chicago recently entered warning territory for amount of cases per capita earlier this week and hopes to push off a surge of their own COVID-19 cases by enforcing the quarantine efforts.
Currently Illinois does not have a quarantine order in on a statewide level. Last week, Gov. JB Pritzker’s office said the state does not intend to do so, but said that could change.