Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Chicago, Ill., US, amend COVID-19-related travel restrictions, Sept. 1. Statewide restrictions in Illinois remain unchanged.

Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 08:58 PM UTC
Alert Expires 11 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

Summary
As of Sept. 1, officials in the city of Chicago, Illinois amended their travel restrictions as part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Restrictions for the state of Illinois remain unchanged.

Beginning Sept. 4, city officials in Chicago have added Hawaii, Nebraska, and North Carolina to the city's travel advisory list. Travelers arriving in Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the city.

Statewide As of Sept. 1, state officials in Illinois require travelers from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Failing to do so may lead to fines.

Statewide, restrictions remain unchanged as of Sept. 1. In Will and Kankakee counties, indoor services at bars and restaurants are banned, and outdoor services must close nightly at 2300. Additionally, social gatherings of more than 25 people, or more than 25-percent room capacity, remain banned, and gaming centers and casinos may operate at no more than 25-percent capacity and must close at 2300 nightly.

Similar additional restrictions will continue in place in Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties: all bars and restaurants must close nightly at 2300; they must also close bar areas and order all customers to remain seated at their tables. Social gatherings of more than 25 people or more than 25-percent of a room's capacity are banned. Gaming centers and casinos may operate at no more than 25-percent capacity and must close at 2300 nightly.

The rest of the state remains under Phase 4 of its recovery plan. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and the following businesses, events, and services are allowed to 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 aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19, including limitations on operating capacity, use of protective face coverings or other personal protective equipment, and enforcement of social distancing guidelines, among other things. Such mandates 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.

Advice
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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