Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 29, officials in Illinois, US, maintain some COVID-19 restrictions. Authorities in Chicago increase travel restrictions.

  • Alert Begins: 29 Jul 2020 04:26 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 12 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Illinois (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions, travel restrictions

As of July 29, 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, while officials in Chicago have added new states to the city's travel restrictions.

Under Phase 4 of the state's plan, 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 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 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.

State officials have divided the state into 11 regions, to respond to a possible increase in COVID-19 activity. If any of the regions see a sustained rise in COVID-19 confirmed cases or hospitalizations, officials will impose restrictions in the affected areas.

There are no requirements for travelers entering Illinois State; however, authorities in the city of Chicago are imposing quarantine orders for some out-of-state travelers. All travelers entering Chicago from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Failing to do so may lead to fines. Starting July 31, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin will be added to the list.

Additionally in Chicago, bars, breweries, and taverns cannot offer indoor services, and can only operate for outdoor services. Restaurants may continue offering indoor dining but must limit tables to a maximum of six people; personal services that require customers to remove face coverings must close, and no more than five guests will be allowed at indoor residences.

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.

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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