Chicago Issues Travel Quarantine Order

July 6, 2020

As of today (July 6), an Emergency Travel Order is in effect in Chicago, directing travelers entering or returning to the city from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a period of 14 days. The order applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average. Violators are subject to fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000.

There are exceptions for essential workers – including healthcare workers – traveling for work purposes and for other specific circumstances. Information about the exceptions to the order and answers to other questions can be found here.

“Like every action we have taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis, this decision was difficult but necessary in order to ensure the continued health and safety of Chicago’s residents and businesses,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Our success in staying ahead of this pandemic underscores our commitment to following the data of this disease, prioritizing saving lives, and working collaboratively with health officials, businesses and other stakeholders as we safely reopen our city’s economy. This emergency order will not only help contain the local spread of COVID-19 and preserve the positive progress we’ve made, it will also serve to prevent further spread nationwide and support the efforts of officials in other cities and states.”

Chicago officials say the emergency order is a response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states and builds on ongoing enforcement measures by the city to slow the transmission of COVID-19, representing a cautious, incremental and evidence-based approach to reopening the city. The list of states (now 15 states) included in the order will be updated every Tuesday, and the order will be in effect until further notice.