CHICAGO — Chicago health officials updated the city’s emergency travel order Tuesday and added Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
The full list now includes:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Starting Friday, anyone arriving from the newly-added states will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in Chicago, or they could face fines of $100-$500 per day, up to $7,000.
Over the weekend, Indiana saw its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in nearly five months.
The addition of Indiana also comes after several businesses in Griffith, Ind. were closed for disinfecting following positive COVID-19 cases.
Some of the recent increase in case numbers on Chicago’s Southeast Side are likely tied to travel to Indiana, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes last month. He said much of the recent spread in the state is due to events such as house parties and weddings where people “let their guard down.”
Holcomb is expected to announce whether or not he will extend a statewide mask mandate Wednesday. The mandate is currently set to expire Friday.
Those who travel regularly from Indiana for work and school are exempt.
More information on the city’s website.
Also Tuesday, Illinois marked a somber milestone as health officials said the state has surpassed 9,000 total deaths due to coronavirus.