Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Chicago, Ill., US, amend COVID-19-related travel restrictions from Sept. 18. Restrictions in other areas of Illinois remain.

Alert Begins 16 Sep 2020 05:27 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Illinois (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Officials in Chicago, Illinois, have amended travel restrictions as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the directive, travelers entering the city from listed US states must self-quarantine for 14 days; violations are punishable by fines. Effective Sept. 18, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas will be removed from the travel restrictions list, while Utah will be added to it. The full updated list of states from Sept. 18 will consist of:


  • Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah


Authorities in Chicago also maintain additional local restrictions. Bars, breweries, and taverns may only provide outdoor services. Restaurants may continue offering indoor dining but must limit tables to six people; personal services that require customers to remove protective face coverings must close.

Certain other individual jurisdictions in Illinois also have local restrictions in effect. In Bond, Clinton, Kankakee, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, and Will counties, indoor services at bars and restaurants are banned; outdoor services may only operate between 0600-2300 on a reservation-only basis. Social gatherings and events, such as weddings and funerals, are limited to 25-percent of the room maximum capacity or a maximum of 25 people, whichever is less. Gaming centers and casinos may operate at no more than 25-percent capacity and must close at 2300 nightly.

The rest of Illinois remains under Phase 4 of the state's recovery plan. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and the following businesses, events, and services can operate:


  • Indoor dining at restaurants and bars


  • Office-based businesses


  • Indoor recreation facilities, such as bowling alleys, cinemas, and theaters


  • Gyms and fitness centers


  • Museums and zoos


  • Retail stores


  • Personal care businesses, by reservation only


  • Outdoor spectator events


  • Youth and recreational sports events


  • All outdoor recreational activities


All establishments that operate must comply with strict mandates, including limitations on operating capacity, use of protective face coverings or other personal protective equipment, and enforcement of social distancing guidelines, among other things, to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Such measures may vary by industry or type of business.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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