Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 6, officials in Illinois, US, maintaining some COVID-19 restrictions. Travel restrictions in place in Chicago.

  • Alert Begins: 06 Jul 2020 03:22 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 28 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Event: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Illinois (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Likely business disruptions

As of July 6, Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker is maintaining certain restrictions statewide, as part of Phase 4 of his administration's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan.

Under Phase 4, which began June 22, gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed, and the following businesses, events, and services are allowed to operate:


  • Indoor dining at restaurants and bars, with certain capacity limits.


  • Office-based businesses.


  • Indoor recreation facilities, such as bowling alleys, cinemas, and theaters, at 50 percent capacity.


  • Gyms and fitness centers, at 50 percent capacity.


  • Museums and zoos, at 25 percent capacity.


  • Retail stores at 50 percent capacity.


  • Personal care businesses, by reservation only.


  • Outdoor spectator events.


  • Youth and recreational sports events.


  • All outdoor recreational activities.


Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, fuel stations, and essential government services, have not been subject to mandatory COVID-19-related closures. All establishments that operate must comply with strict mandates aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19, including limitations on operating capacity, use of 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.

There are no requirements for travelers entering Illinois State; however, authorities in the city of Chicago are imposing quarantine orders from July 6. All travelers entering Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Business disruptions are likely to persist statewide even as restrictions are eased. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Illinois authorities are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

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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