Chicago Mayor: Travelers From COVID Hotspots Must Quarantine for 14 Days

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By , WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration said anyone traveling here from a COVID-19 hotspot in the United States must quarantine for 14 days, beginning next week.

The emergency order takes effect on Monday July 6, Chicago Public Health Commssioner Allison Arwady announced Thursday. It applies to travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Currently that would include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

A state is considered a coronavirus hot zone if it has a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, per day, over a 7-day rolling average.

Individuals who break the order are subject to fines of $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000, the city said. Chicago's self-quarantine order is in effect until further notice, officials said.

Lightfoot has been cautiously reopening Chicago after a surge of coronavirus cases earlier this year threatened to overwhelm hospitals. On Thursday, she warned bar and restaurant owners that her administration will shut down businesses that do not help enforce health directives such as social-distancing and the wearing of face masks. Her stern comments came after footage showed lax behavior in one of the city's entertainment districts.

Chicago and Illinois generally have rebounded from a COVID-19 peak in late March-early April. Illinois has one of the lowest coronavirus "positivity" rates in the nation, even though it's the sixth-largest state.

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