Chicago’s emergency journey order was modified as soon as once more Tuesday as the town transitions to a two-tiered system “to forestall additional unfold of COVID-19,” well being officers introduced.
Beneath the brand new pointers, which take impact Friday, states are categorized as both “orange” or “yellow,” eliminating a earlier “pink” class.
Orange states and territories have common coronavirus charges above 15 instances per day, per 100,000 residents and yellow states and territories have charges under 15 instances per day, per 100,000 residents.
“Chicago has skilled a number of weeks of largely steady or declining new day by day instances, and the check positivity fee has decreased and is now 10.3%,” CDPH stated in a launch Tuesday. “Town is now seeing 38 new day by day instances based mostly on a 7-day rolling common, which is a decrease fee than when the 3-tiered system was applied in November 2020.”
As of Tuesday, Hawaii is the one state listed as “yellow” and all 49 different states are within the orange class, as are Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, in accordance with the town’s well being division. The checklist is subsequent set to be up to date on Jan. 26.
Whereas well being officers urged residents to keep away from journey if doable, listed below are the necessities for every class:
- Yellow: States with a rolling 7-day common lower than 15 instances/day/100k residents.
- No quarantine or pre-arrival check required. Keep strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings
- Orange: States have a rolling 7-day common above 15 instances/day/100k residents
- 10-day quarantine OR pre-arrival damaging check not more than 72 hours earlier than arrival in Chicago with strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings
The journey order was final up to date on Dec. 29, when 34 states had been categorized as “pink” states, which means vacationers needed to quarantine for 10 days when coming to Chicago.
The emergency journey order requiring a quarantine for vacationers from sure areas was first issued in July in an effort to gradual the unfold of the lethal coronavirus.
In November, the town modified the way in which it stories states being added to its journey order, categorizing states in a color-coded map to find out which necessities are in impact for vacationers, from the unique requirement of a 14-day quarantine to a damaging check outcome relying on the severity of the state’s outbreak.
Then in December, an replace to the order adopted modifications within the suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. To be able to be listed as a “pink” state, the edge was elevated to 60 new instances per day per 100,000 residents, up from simply 15 instances per day. It additionally modified the quarantine timeframe from 14 days to 10.
CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady has stated beforehand that regardless of a state’s shade below the order, she wouldn’t advocate any pointless journey.
“The underside line, you shouldn’t be touring,” she stated in November. “Proper now COVID is surging throughout all the United States and also you danger bringing COVID with you.”
Town stated it hopes to easily educate vacationers in regards to the order, however these present in violation might be topic to fines of between $100 and $500 per day, as much as $7,000.
“The quarantine and pre-arrival testing necessities apply to individuals even when they haven’t any COVID-19 signs,” the town’s well being division stated in a launch.
Exceptions may be made for journey for medical care, parental shared custody and enterprise journey for important staff. It additionally doesn’t apply to a person passing by way of states for lower than 24 hours over the course of journey, together with layovers at airport or individuals driving by way of a selected state. Every day commuters to and from neighboring states are additionally exempt.