CHICAGO (WPTA21) - The City of Chicago has placed Indiana on its Emergency Travel Order list of states that are experiencing high rates of COVID-19 infections and are subject to travel restrictions.
Travelers from the states to Chicago are required to quarantine there for 14 days. Essential workers are exempt, but are urged to limit activities to work activities and to monitor for any symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
The order also applies to those from Chicago traveling to Indiana and the other states on the list, then returning to Chicago.
Chicago health officials warned one week ago that the addition of Indiana to the list was likely, noting that the state had surpassed the threshold to join the others already included.
"Chicago residents are strongly advised to not travel to Indiana," the city had said in advance of the move.
The official inclusion of Indiana was announced Tuesday afternoon by Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.
The travel order now covers these states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The Emergency Order reads, in part: In response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to add to Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City is issuing an order applicable to anyone coming into the City from designated states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. This includes both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a designated state. Anyone traveling from a designated state is directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter, from the time of last contact within the designated state, subject to the limited exceptions outlined in the ‘Exceptions tab’.
Those found in violation of the order are subject to fines of $100 - $500 per day, up to $7,000.
The list of places covered by the Emergency Order is updated each Tuesday. The restrictions then take effect the following Friday.