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Chicago adds Indiana to quarantine list for COVID-19 cases

Posted at 6:18 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:08:45-04

CHICAGO — Indiana's surge in new COVID-19 cases has prompted the city of Chicago to add Indiana to a list of states where travelers to that state or from that state will be required to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in the city.

The emergency travel order was first issued by Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady on July 2 and went into effect on July 6. In an update issued Tuesday, the Chicago Department of Public Health added Indiana effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

The order applies to individuals coming from Indiana for non-work purposes and Chicago residents returning from Chicago unless they are deemed an essential worker. Exceptions to the order are travel for medical care and parental shared custody.

Under the order, individuals who travel to Indiana, even if for less than 24 hours, will still need to quarantine upon returning unless deemed an essential worker or they are a student who commutes for school. Under the order, Chicago residents are strongly advised to not travel to the states on the list.

As of Monday, 25 states and Puerto Rico are on Chicago's travel order.