CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you’re returning from a holiday vacation in a state that’s a coronavirus hotspot, keep in mind Chicago’s new quarantine order took effect Monday morning. The order applies to Chicago only - not the rest of the state.
The travel order covers visitors to Chicago, as well as residents, and has exceptions for people doing essential travel, such as, government or military work, medical work, or shared parental custody; as well as those who don't stay in a hotspot for more than 24 hours. The order does not affect travelers at the city's airports who land here to connect with a flight or people driving through the state.
Dr. Arwady said the city won't be tracking every traveler coming into the state, but wants people to do the right thing and watch out for the Chicago community.
"We do not have a plan, for example, to look for out-of-state license plates to pull people over; we do not have a plan to create a list of individuals who are traveling and try to track them down," Dr. Arwady said. "Our goal is, first of all, to get this message out strongly, that's the most important thing."
Dr. Arwady said the city has come to far to not do what it can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The latest Illinois Department of Public Health figures bring the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 146,612 and the death toll to 7,014