Ahead of a three-day holiday weekend, Chicago and Pennsylvania announced new travel quarantine measures for arrivals from coronavirus hot spot states.
The Chicago Department of Public Health announced that travelers from 15 states, and Chicagoans who traveled to those states, will be expected to quarantine for 14 days. People found in violation of the order could be fined up to $500 per day for a maximum of $7,000.
The quarantine order goes into effect July 6.
The states included in the order are seeing a recent surge in the spread of the virus, measured by the number of new cases per day, per 100,000 residents: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
New infections in Illinois had been declining since late May, but the state has recently reported a slight uptick in cases and hospitalizations. Illinois reported 869 new cases on Thursday, 470 of which were in Cook County, where Chicago is located. At its peak, Illinois reported 4,014 new cases on May 12.
“This emergency order will not only help contain the local spread of COVID-19 and preserve the positive progress we’ve made,” Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (D) said in a statement, “it will also serve to prevent further spread nationwide and support the efforts of officials in other cities and states.”
Pennsylvania recommends its residents quarantine in their homes for 14 days upon return from the same 15 states. The state health department is not requiring quarantine for non-Pennsylvanian travelers from those states, as other states and cities have done.
“We would recommend that if someone is coming from one of the listed states, and has been in areas with a high prevalence of covid-19, that they consider postponing their trip,” said Nate Wardle, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) also signed an order on Wednesday requiring masks be worn when residents leave their homes.