Chicago will implement travel procedures for people coming from Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., beginning Friday.
Due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in those locations, travelers must either test negative for the virus no more than 72 hours before arriving or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. People who have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to their travel are exempt from the requirement.
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The city moved those locations into a stronger tier of restrictions, going from its designated yellow tier to its orange, which includes states that have had a seven-day rolling average above 15 daily cases per 100,000 residents, according to the city’s website.
The city also moved down several states into the yellow tier, which does not subject travelers to a pre-test or a quarantine period. Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina were moved down to the less restrictive tier.
Chicago updates its travel order every two weeks and puts it into effect Fridays at midnight. Essential workers or those traveling for medical or caretaking purposes are not subjected to the order. Those traveling through orange states for less than 24 hours will also be exempt.
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Cook County, which includes Chicago, has had more than 500,000 COVID-19 cases and 10,000 deaths related to the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The county is home to more than 5 million residents.