Chicago well being officers up to date town’s coronavirus journey order Tuesday, altering its tips and its threshold as just one state remained under the quarantine requirement.
As of Tuesday, 31 states had been categorized as “purple” states, which means vacationers should quarantine when coming to Chicago. That is up from two weeks prior as Tennessee, Arizona, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, West Virginia transitioned onto the best stage of the order.
Seventeen states, plus Puerto Rico, had been listed as “orange,” which means they require a quarantine or detrimental take a look at previous to arrival in Chicago. Most lately, Iowa dropped from purple to orange standing, however Maine and Vermont had been each added to the orange record.
Just one state, Hawaii, was listed as “yellow,” which means it doesn’t require a quarantine.
The emergency journey order requiring a quarantine for vacationers from sure places was issued in July in an effort to sluggish the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.
Final month, town modified the best way it stories states being added to its journey order, categorizing states in a color-coded map to find out which necessities are in impact for vacationers, from the unique requirement of a 14-day quarantine to a detrimental take a look at consequence relying on the severity of the state’s outbreak.
The newest replace to the order follows modifications within the suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. As a way to be listed as a “purple” state, the brink was elevated to 60 new instances per day per 100,000 residents, up from simply 15 instances per day. It additionally modifications the quarantine timeframe from 14 days to 10.
Here is a have a look at the rules:
- Yellow: States with a rolling 7-day common lower than 15 instances/day/100k residents.
- No quarantine or pre-arrival take a look at required. Preserve strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings
- Orange: States have a rolling 7-day common between 15 instances/day/100k residents and the Chicago rolling 7-day common (at the moment: 60 instances/day/100k residents)
- 10-day quarantine OR pre-arrival detrimental take a look at not more than 72 hours earlier than arrival in Chicago with strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings
- Pink: States have the next rolling 7-day common of optimistic instances/day/100k residents than Chicago.
Arwady has stated beforehand that irrespective of a state’s coloration beneath the order, she wouldn’t advocate any pointless journey.
“The underside line, you shouldn’t be touring,” she stated final month. “Proper now COVID is surging throughout all the United States and also you threat bringing COVID with you.”
Arwady stated as of Tuesday, Chicago is seeing 160,000 recognized instances in Chicago with 20,000 lively instances and three,500 deaths.
She added that between 5 to seven occasions occasions the variety of individuals recognized probably have the coronavirus, so Chicago might have between 99,000 and 140,000 individuals with the lively virus.
Citywide take a look at positivity is at 11.6%, which is decrease than town’s peak 16% however increased than Chicago’s 5% aim, Arwady stated.
The town stated it hopes to easily educate vacationers in regards to the order, however these present in violation may very well be topic to fines of between $100 and $500 per day, as much as $7,000.
“The quarantine and pre-arrival testing necessities apply to individuals even when they haven’t any COVID-19 signs,” town’s well being division stated in a launch.
Exceptions will be made for journey for medical care, parental shared custody and enterprise journey for important employees. It additionally doesn’t apply to a person passing by way of states for lower than 24 hours over the course of journey, together with layovers at airport or individuals driving by way of a specific state. Each day commuters to and from neighboring states are additionally exempt.
Nov. 5, 2020: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced a brand new grant program to assist town’s hospitality trade and inspired residents to “be sensible” this Thanksgiving, saying “this yr needs to be totally different.”
Chicago’s journey order, which started on July 6, is now evaluated each different Tuesday, with any additions taking impact the next Friday.
Well being officers in each town and throughout the state have been discouraging pointless journey because the pandemic enters a “second surge.”
“Let’s be clear, journey will enhance your possibilities of contracting and spreading COVID-19,” Illinois Division of Public Well being Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike stated.
Ezike stated that journey is perhaps obligatory at occasions, however those that do journey, ought to take obligatory precautions.
“Think about how you are going to journey or your mode of transportation,” she stated. “Clearly, while you fly, there are safety strains as you undergo the airport terminals. Take into consideration a flight with layovers the place it could be cheaper, however clearly that can pose extra dangers than a direct flight. Touring by bus or practice versus taking your personal vehicle- clearly taking your personal automobile if that is an possibility could be safer. Touring by bus or practice, you won’t be capable of keep 6 ft of distance and typically that might be for prolonged durations of time in the course of the journey. In case you are driving your personal private automobile, take into consideration planning out how you’ll do the stops for gasoline for meals for lavatory breaks, take into consideration hand sanitizer and washing your palms often.”