Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday that Wisconsin will be the next state to join the 18 already listed on the city's emergency travel order.
First enacted on July 6, the order requires those traveling or returning to Chicago from the listed states — all of which are experiencing surges in new COVID-19 cases — to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their arrival in the city, with some exceptions.
So what does this mean for you? Here is what Wisconsinites need to know, according to the FAQ on the city's travel order web page.
Does this mean I can't go to Chicago?
No, the order will not stop you from going to Chicago altogether — it just limits what you're able to do once you get there.
When does the order go into effect?
Chicago officially updates its list of states every Tuesday, and the changes to the list go into effect on Friday at 12:01 a.m.
If I'm traveling to Chicago, what do I have to do once I get there? What am I not allowed to do?
For purposes of the order, quarantining means that you must stay at "a single designated home or dwelling for 14 days before doing any activities outside of the home or dwelling," according to the FAQ on the City of Chicago's website. While you are there, you should monitor yourself for symptoms and distance yourself from others in the dwelling as much as possible.
You are not allowed to be in public or otherwise leave the place you are staying unless you are seeking medical care or a COVID-19 test. This includes leaving the dwelling for food or other necessary supplies — you'll need to arrange for these to be delivered to wherever you are staying.
If you are staying in the same dwelling as people who have not recently traveled, you should stay in a separate bedroom from them, and use a different bathroom if possible.
If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms, you're allowed to leave for testing, but you need to wear a face covering and avoid using public transportation. Even if your test comes back negative, you still have to complete the 14-day quarantine.
What if I am planning to visit Chicago for less than 14 days?
If you're planning to stay in Chicago for less than two weeks, you are expected to follow the self-quarantine guidelines for the entire duration of your stay.