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ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO
(QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS ON PERSONS ENTERING CHICAGO FROM HIGH
Issued: July 2, 2020
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago, like other cities around the world, has been severely affected by COVID-19, with approximately 50,986 confirmed cases in the City as of June 24, 2020; and
WHEREAS, Through implementing rigorous and sensible public health measures, the City of Chicago has successfully slowed the transmission of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has undertaken a cautious, incremental and evidencebased approach to reopening the City of Chicago; and
WHEREAS, Certain other cities and states are experiencing a significantly increased prevalence of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, It is necessary and appropriate to put in place measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago as a result of people entering Chicago from high incidence states; and
WHEREAS, The Municipal Code of Chicago (“Code”) authorizes the Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago (“Commissioner”) to implement emergency measures to stop the spread of communicable diseases, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City’s residents, including but not limited to authority granted in Sections 2-112-080, 2-112-160(a)(4), and 2-112- 170 of the Code, in addition to 77 Ill.
Adm. Code Sections 690.1310 and 690.1330; now, therefore, The Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago hereby orders as follows:
SECTION 1. All persons entering the City of Chicago from a state with a COVID-19 new case rate greater than 15 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population per day, over a 7- day rolling average (“High Incidence State”) shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence in Chicago, whichever is shorter, unless exempted in a protocol issued pursuant to Section 2 of this Order.
SECTION 2. The Commissioner shall issue protocols governing application of this Order. Such protocols shall include an exception to the self-quarantine requirement of this Order for “essential workers,” as defined in the protocols. The protocols may include other exceptions to self-quarantine that in the sole judgment of the Commissioner are necessary or appropriate to cover situations when self-quarantine is not possible, practicable or advisable, provided such exceptions continue to safeguard the public health. Such protocols may also contain guidance for businesses to implement rules governing their employees’ business and personal travel.
SECTION 3. The Chicago Department of Public Health shall make public the High Incidence States on its website.
SECTION 4. The Commissioner may take immediate action to protect the public from COVID-19 when a person enters the City of Chicago from a High Incidence State or jurisdiction, including, pursuant to City of Chicago Isolation and Quarantine Rules and 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690.1330, issuing a written or verbal order of quarantine to the person or group of persons.
SECTION 5. It shall be the duty of every person subject to this Order to comply with this Order. Any person who violates this Order shall be subject to applicable penalties provided by law.
SECTION 6. This Order shall take effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 6, 2020 and shall remain in effect until the Commissioner makes a written determination that the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that this Order can be safely repealed.
SECTION 7. If any provision of this Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, this invalidity does not affect any other provision or application of this Order, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Order are declared to be severable. This Order is meant to be read consistently with any Court order regarding this Order.
Section 3 of Order No. 2020-10 authorizes the Commissioner of Health to issue protocols governing implementation of this Order. These protocols, as may be amended from time to time, are set forth below in FAQ format for convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is this order being issued and what does it mean?
A: In response to increased and high rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the
United States, and to add to Chicago’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City is
issuing an order applicable to anyone coming into the City from designated states that have a
significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. This includes both Chicago
residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a
designated state. Anyone traveling from a designated state is directed to self-quarantine for a
14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter, from the time of last
contact within the designated state, subject to the limited exceptions set out below.
Q: When does the Order go into effect?
A: This Order goes into effect on Monday July 6, 2020, at 12:01AM.
Q: Where does the Order apply?
A: The Order applies to individuals arriving in the City of Chicago, while they are in the city. The
city limits are defined in this interactive map.
Q: How will states be designated under the Order?
A: A state will be designated if it has a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per
100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average.
Q: What states are currently covered by the Order?
A: A list of the states currently covered by the Order can be found here.
Q: Will the list change? When will it change?
A: The list of states will be reviewed and amended every Tuesday, starting July 14, 2020.
Q: What if I am traveling internationally?
A: Travelers coming from international locations are not covered by this Order and should follow
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Q: How long is the Order in effect?
A: The Order will be in effect until further notice, and any changes will be based on applicable
public health guidance.
Q: What happens if I violate the Order?
A: Individuals found in violation of the Order are subject to fines of $100 – $500 per day, up to
Q: What if I arrived in Chicago before the effective date of the Order, do I still have to
A: The Order impacts individuals who arrive in Chicago on or after the effective date of July 6,
2020. If you arrive in Chicago prior to that date, the Order does not impact you. However, all
individuals are expected to follow the latest public health guidance for Chicago.
Q: What if I had a connecting flight through one of the designated states but did not stay
A: The Order does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for less than
24 hours in the course of travel.
Q: What if I drove through one of the designated states but did not stay there?
A: The Order does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for less than
24 hours in the course of travel.
Q: What if I was in a designated state and then traveled to a non-designated state before
arriving in Chicago? Do I still need to quarantine?
A: Yes, if you spent longer than 24 hours in a designated state, you must quarantine for 14 days
from the time of last contact within the designated state, even if you spent time in a nondesignated state for a period after being in the designated state and before arriving in Chicago.
Q: What if I have to travel for my job?
A: Travelers coming to Chicago for non-essential business and residents returning to Chicago
from a designated state must adhere to the quarantine guidelines, subject to the limited
exceptions set out below.
Q: I already had my flight booked/trip planned, do I still have to follow the quarantine
A: Yes, all travelers arriving from designated states on or after the effective date of July 6, 2020,
are required to follow the quarantine Order, subject to the limited exceptions set out below.
Q: What if I came from one of the designated states and am staying less than 14 days?
A: The mandatory self-quarantine is for a period of 14 days or the duration of the individual’s
presence in Chicago, whichever is shorter.
Q: What does it mean to quarantine?
A: Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease before a person knows they are sick,
including if a traveler has been infected with the virus but does not have symptoms. Under this
Order, quarantine means staying at a single designated home or dwelling for 14 days before
doing any activities outside of the home or dwelling. People in quarantine should separate
themselves from others as much as possible and check themselves for symptoms. Additional
requirements under quarantine include:
- The individual must not be in public or otherwise leave the dwelling that they have
identified as suitable for their quarantine, unless seeking medical care or COVID-19
- If seeking medical care or testing, or when traveling to or from the airport, train station,
or bus station (if applicable), a face covering must be worn and public transportation
must not be used.
- Food and other needed supplies must be delivered to the individual’s dwelling; the
individual may not leave the premises to acquire supplies.
- The traveling individual or family group should be situated in separate quarters with a
separate bedroom and, if possible, separate bathroom facility from non-traveling
- The individual must self-monitor for symptoms potentially consistent with COVID-19. If
any symptoms develop, the individual may leave the dwelling to receive testing for
COVID-19 but then must return to complete the 14-day quarantine while isolating from
other household members, regardless of the test result. A face covering must be worn
while seeking testing.
Q: I don’t have any symptoms – do I still have to quarantine?
A: Yes, all travelers from the designated states must quarantine for the full 14 days, subject to
the limited exceptions set out below. Individuals can develop symptoms and become contagious
up to 14 days from their last exposure.
Q: What if I get tested and am negative – do I still have to quarantine?
A: Yes, even individuals with a negative test result must quarantine for the full 14 days if coming
from a designated state. Individuals can develop symptoms and become contagious up to 14
days from their last exposure.
Q: My family/friends are coming from one of the designated states and are staying with
me – do I have to quarantine too?
A: No. Traveling individuals are encouraged to self-quarantine in the home they are traveling to
in Chicago and should avoid close interactions with non-traveling household members until the
14 days have passed. Other household members who did not travel from a designated state are
not required to self-quarantine.
Q: I’m returning from one of the designated states – can I go to work or is that a violation
of the Order?
A: All travelers returning to Chicago from the designated states must self-quarantine for 14
days, subject to the limited exceptions set out below.
Q: Are there any exceptions to the Order?
A. For purposes of the Order and this FAQ, “essential workers” are not subject to the mandatory
self-quarantine under the circumstances described in (a) and (b) below. An “essential worker” is
a person who works in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Security Agency (“primary work”) and:
(a) if a non-resident of Chicago, is traveling from a designated state to Chicago for the
primary purpose of carrying out primary work in Chicago, and who needs to be physically
present in Chicago in order to carry out that primary work, certified in writing by the worker’s
employer and made available for review by authorized officials from the Chicago Department of
Public Health and Chicago Police Department, or
(b) if a resident of Chicago, is returning from a designated state, and was in the
designated state for the primary purpose of carrying out primary work in that state, and who
needed to be physically present in that state in order to carry out that primary work, certified in
writing by the worker’s employer and made available for review by authorized officials from the
Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Police Department.
“Essential worker” includes any state, local, and federal officials and employees traveling in their
official capacities on government business, including military service.
Essential workers traveling for work purposes are subject to the following requirements:
- Essential workers should avoid any non-essential interactions until the quarantine period
has ended. They must limit their activities to work-related activities and functions that
directly support their work-related activities, and avoid public spaces as much as
- Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face
covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect workspaces.
- Essential workers are required, to the extent possible, to avoid extended periods in
public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.
Exceptions to the Order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care and
parental shared custody. The Commissioner of Health may additionally grant an exemption
based upon an organization’s or business’ testing and other control policies or in extraordinary
circumstances, which warrant an exception from mandatory quarantine, subject to the terms
and conditions applied to essential workers or terms and conditions otherwise imposed by the
Commissioner in the interest of public health.
Q: How will this information be updated? How will travelers be notified?
A: The Order and its effects will be communicated through messaging on highways, at airports,
on the City’s website, and through social media. Hotels and short-term rentals will be asked to
communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the designated
Please note that the 44th Ward and all city offices will be closed this Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. There will be no refuse collection on Friday, July 3rd. All remaining city-collected refuse will be serviced now and Thursday. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection.
The 2019 Certificate or Error application is now available on our website. If you are missing an exemption on your 2020 Second Installment Property Tax Bill, please file a Certificate of Error to correct your bill and obtain a refund.
The Assessor’s Office will offer a Facebook Live outreach event on Tuesday, June 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. explaining the Certificate of Error process. During this session, participants can ask questions and have them answered live.
Please note these important changes to the refuse and recycling schedule due to the Friday, July 3rd (4th of July Observed) holiday.
There will be no refuse collection on Friday July 3rd. All city-collected refuse will be serviced Monday thru Thursday. Residents should ensure all black refuse carts are accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on their regular day of collection.
Additionally, residents should be advised of potential changes to Blue Cart Recycling collection based on their service provider.
(1) The Department of Streets and Sanitation (Zones 2 and 4) will collect recycling Monday through Thursday. Residents should ensure all Blue Recycling Carts are accessible throughout the week.
(2) Privately serviced blue carts, Waste Management & Lakeshore (Zone 1, 3, 5, & 6), will be collected on a regular Monday through Friday schedule.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2020
Mayor’s Press Office
CHICAGO LAUNCHES GROUNDBREAKING INITIATIVE TO BRIDGE DIGITAL
DIVIDE, PROVIDING FREE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS TO OVER 100,000 CPS STUDENTS
Public, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders Develop $50 Million Program
to Provide Free, High-Speed Internet for Four Years
CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced the launch of ‘Chicago Connected,’ a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet
service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students in their households. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest term efforts in the nation to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to dramatically increase internet accessibility for students and help build a permanent public support system for families in Chicago.
“Reliable, high-speed internet is one of the most powerful equalizers when it comes to accessing information,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “It allows families to access digital remote learning and stay connected to family near and far, especially during COVID19. It allows families to build career skills, apply for jobs, register to vote and stay up-to-date on current events. This program is a critical component of our STEP agenda and the efforts to end poverty and a part of our mission to drive improved academic outcomes at CPS.”
The City worked with CPS and philanthropist Ken Griffin to initiate a first-of-its kind, scalable solution to address the digital equity gap. ‘Chicago Connected’ sustainably tackles the persistent access issue through a public-private investment in broadband, with philanthropic partners bridging the program’s initial costs. ‘Chicago Connected’ is estimated to cost approximately $50 million over the next four years, prioritizing families in need on the city’s South and West Sides. “Internet connectivity is a lifeline to education and opportunity – extending learning beyond the classroom and opening pathways for development and well being,” said Ken Griffin, Founder and CEO of Citadel. “With ongoing access, every student and their family – regardless of economic circumstance – will be better positioned to pursue a brighter future. I hope ‘Chicago Connected’ will inspire other communities across the country to come together to eliminate the digital divide.”
The first two years of ‘Chicago Connected’ will be majority funded by philanthropic partners, including $7.5 million from Ken Griffin, $5 million from Crown Family Philanthropies, $2.5 million from the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund (through The Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago), $2 million from Illinois Tool Works, $1.5 million from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, $500,000 from The JPB Foundation and $250,000 from the Joyce Foundation. An additional joint commitment of $750,000 from President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust to the Children First Fund (CFF), the independent partnership and philanthropy arm for Chicago Public Schools, will support efforts by community-based organizations (CBOs) on the South Side.
“Inequitable access to the Internet is a nationwide issue and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that internet service can no longer be viewed as a luxury,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “To build on our students’ academic progress, we are launching an unprecedented effort to provide stable, high-speed internet access to 100,000 CPS students over the next four years. This ambitious and critical undertaking would not be possible without the generous support of the philanthropic community.” These generous commitments, along with $5 million of CARES Act funding from the City of Chicago, will fund years one and two of the program. CPS will fund the program in years three and four of the initiative.
Providing Reliable High-Speed Internet Access to Students who Need it Most According to Census data, an estimated 100,000 students lack access to high-speed internet in Chicago, which is defined as 25 mbps download and 3 mbps upload by the Federal Communications Commission. ‘Chicago Connected’ will provide high speed internet for households for four years by directly paying for internet service for families that are most in need, using six priority indicators and data from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to identify eligible households for the initiative. Priority indicators include students eligible for free lunch, students identified as having special needs, students experiencing homelessness and students living in communities with the highest hardship based on the UIC hardship index. Further, Chicago Connected will prioritize students who are enrolled in summer school who are also eligible for the program
‘Chicago Connected’ will begin outreach to families next week with the goal of connecting as many of the 100,000 students as possible prior to the 2020-21 school year. While Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools remain committed to making every possible effort to get students back in the classroom this fall, what next school year looks like and how many students will be able to return is dependent on the trajectory of the virus and guidance from state and local health officials. “The pandemic has not made the internet indispensable, but has revealed that it always has been,” said Daniel Anello, CEO of Kids First Chicago, a parent advocacy organization that has supported the push for broader access to high-speed internet for families. “Increased internet access will provide a plethora of telehealth,
economic and other ancillary benefits, in addition to closing the digital divide which contributes to a significant racial equity gap in our city.”
While phase one of ‘Chicago Connected’ will primarily focus on providing wired internet access, Chicago Connected will also extend existing mobile broadband hotspot service for eligible students in temporary living situations (STLS) for up to four years.
Groundbreaking Initiative Made Possible by Generous Support from the Philanthropic Community
“Michelle and I want every kid in Chicago to grow up knowing even better opportunities than we had – and that requires full and equitable access to the best tools and resources. We’re happy to help Chicago Connected reach every kid in the city. This is where I found a purpose and a family – and it’ll always be our home.” – President Barack Obama
“No student or family should be cut off from opportunities to learn, connect, and thrive—especially at this moment when our devices have become our classrooms, doctors’ offices, and more. Chicago Connected represents a critical step on the path to equity for students city-wide.”– Barbara Goodman Manilow, Crown Family Philanthropies’ Board Chair
“This terrible pandemic has made it crystal clear that access to high speed internet is a critical element of our social safety net. Sadly, too many young Chicagoans and their families lack access to this powerful tool which improves educational, economic, social and health outcomes. The Pritzker Traubert Foundation is proud to support this vital program that will help connect nearly 100,000 of our young people to the many benefits that connectivity and collaboration can deliver.”– Penny Pritzker, Trustee, Pritzker Traubert Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Critical Partnerships to Support Program Goals
‘Chicago Connected’ will provide connectivity by directly paying for a low-cost, highspeed internet service plan for families through Comcast and RCN. In order to help facilitate the payments and various program components, ‘Chicago Connected’ has enlisted United Way to serve as its fiscal agent to help administer the funds and monitor the program. By having United Way pay ISPs directly means that families will not receive a bill.
“Comcast launched Internet Essentials in 2011, because we understood the importance of digital equity across all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods and across the nation. Since then, Internet Essentials has helped thousands of Chicagoans cross the digital divide and gain access to the Internet at home, many for the first time,” said Matthew Summy, Comcast’s Regional Vice President of External and Government Affairs. “We’re proud to partner with Mayor Lightfoot, the City, CPS and all the other ‘Chicago Connected’ stakeholders to connect thousands more students and continue to help them succeed in school.
‘Chicago Connected’ will also enlist the support of various Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to support enrollment in the program, digital literacy and skills development training, and connect families with other critical resources. To support this effort, CFF — which will act as a fiscal agent for the work with CBOs — will launch an RFP process for CBO selection; more information will be available at cps.edu/chicagoconnected.
“RCN’s mission statement includes the belief that we should take care of our customers and take care of each other. Because of our strong roots in the community, partnering with ‘Chicago Connected’ not only strengthens our commitment to Chicago but allows us to extend our best-in-class internet to those families that are in most need. We are proud to be a part of this innovative program that not only removes obstructions in the learning process for the students, but will enhance the overall well-being of these families,” said Tom McKay, SVP and General Manager, RCN Chicago.
CPS currently provides hotspots through T-Mobile to many of the district’s Students in Temporary Living Situations without a permanent home address. T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are also helping develop potential solutions in areas where traditional ‘wired’ access is not a viable option. This component of the program will take shape over the coming weeks in parallel with the launch of the wired initiative.
“Broadband is a lifeline for many students from marginalized communities, and lack of access has repercussions that go far beyond the ability to complete homework assignments,” said 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. “If you have reliable Internet connection, you have opportunity. I thank Mayor Lightfoot for this investment that ensures CPS students can all engage in connected learning, and I look forward to our continued work to enact inclusive connectivity policies that center on communities of color.”
Chicago’s Larger Vision for Digital Equity
The first phase of ‘Chicago Connected’ is centered on digital equity and internet connectedness as a way to lay the foundation for success for students by increasing access to online learning, college applications, training and workforce development, and other critical government services.
“As Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Education and Child Development, I have been a longtime proponent of improving the lives of all of Chicago’s children,” said 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott. “Delivering broadband access to our students will have a profound impact on bettering the lives of our youth and their families.”
Expanding access to CPS households who need it the most represents the first phase of a larger effort by the City of Chicago to expand internet access more broadly. The City is evaluating additional ways to improve internet infrastructure investments in communities in need beyond CPS families and is dedicated to further exploring how to broaden ‘Chicago Connected’ to connect more families citywide.
“In 2020, giving young people access to the internet is necessary to provide them access to the classroom,” said 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas. “This is an awesome next step, and I feel confident that students, parents and teachers will see the result when school starts in the fall.”
For more information, please visit cps.edu/chicagoconnected.