Chicago Travel Order Won't Be Strictly Enforced But Is Expected If Traveling To Hotspots, Top Health Official Says

Craig Dellimore
July 03, 2020 - 3:00 pm
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's top health official stressed that the city's new emergency travel order is more about people doing what they can to help stop the spread of COVID-19 rather than legal enforcement.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Friday the city won't be tracking every traveler coming into the state but wants people to do the right thing and watch out for the Chicago community. 
"We do not have a plan to look for out-of-state license plates to pull people over; we do not have a list of individuals who are traveling and try to track them down," Arwady said at a press conference. "Our goal is, first of all, to get this message out strongly, that's the most important thing."
On Thursday, city officials announced that travelers going to a COVID-19 hotspot state in the US must quarantine for 14 days, beginning on Monday.
It applies to travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID cases, such as Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. 
"We want people to be thinking twice about whether now is a good time to travel and to recognize if they make that decision, there is an expectation for quarantine on this side," Arwady said.
The city of Chicago warned of daily fines for anyone who violates the order but the lack of enforcement makes it difficult to keep tabs on the travelers entering the state from the hotspots. 
She hopes that people traveling for the holiday weekend will be back before the order goes into effect and that people will make the right decision and be an active community member. 
Illinois has seen one of the lowest positivity rates in the country recently, and the state's cases continue to steadily decline. On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 868 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 18 additional confirmed deaths. That includes nine deaths in Cook County. 
The state has now seen 145,750 confirmed cases and over 7,000 deaths. 

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