Coronavirus: How To Navigate Chicago's Travel Alert

Jennifer Keiper
July 07, 2020 - 9:32 pm
O'Hare Airport Tower

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


(WBBM Newsradio) — Chicago this week began imposing a travel order on people coming here from states that have become COVID-19 hotspots. They’re supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Listen Live Now on WBBM Newsradio

City officials concede the measure, announced last week, will be hard to enforce.

For travelers, it will be confusing, says transportation expert Joe Schwieterman of DePaul University. People who are making plans to visit another state will need to keep apprised of that state’s coronavirus metrics. 

“Right now, the big problem people have is they don’t know how long this travel alert is going to take effect, so it’s very hard to do advance planning,” Schwieterman says on the latest edition of WBBM In Depth. “Should I book a trip at Thanksgiving? Will it still be in place then?

“Should I rethink my vacation? All that’s putting people in a real tough spot. The city is certainly going to have to keep the public informed as they take states on and off this list.”