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Travelers Take Note: City of Chicago Issues Emergency Travel Order

If you, your colleagues, your employees, or your clients have travel plans to or from a COVID-19 hotspot, the City of Chicago is requiring a two-week quarantine. On July 2, 2020, the City of Chicago issued an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers either coming into Chicago or returning to Chicago from a state experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days. The emergency order took effect on July 6, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. To date, this emergency order only applies to individuals arriving in Chicago. The State of Illinois has not taken similar action.

The emergency order applies to states that have had a case rate of COVID-19 greater than 15 new cases per 100,000 residents, per day, on a seven-day rolling average. The emergency order applies only if the traveler has spent 24 hours in the designated states. Therefore, if an individual simply drove through a designated state or had a connecting flight in a designated state, they are not subject to the restriction. In addition, the emergency order does not apply currently to international travel.

As of the date the emergency order was issued, the following states were subject to this quarantine restriction:

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Idaho

  • Louisiana

  • Mississippi

  • North Carolina

  • Nevada

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

This list is subject to change and is scheduled to be amended every Tuesday starting on July 14, 2020, with the changes to take effect three days thereafter, or the next Friday. For the latest information on the states subject to the travel ban, you can visit the City of Chicago's website.

Importantly, an individual can be fined if found to be in violation of the emergency order. The fines range from $100 to $500 per day, up to a maximum $7,000. There are exemptions for "essential workers," as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, such as individuals employed in emergency services, government facilities, and information technology. However, the definition of "essential workers" can be technical and the emergency order adds requirements for these professionals, including that the travel be for a work purpose and that any nonessential activities be avoided until the quarantine period has ended.

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Edward D. Shapiro, Much Shelist Law firm, Commercial Disputes Lawyer
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Ed Shapiro has been Chair of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group since 2007. Trained as a trial attorney and as a mediator, his practice focuses on the efficient prevention, management and resolution of disputes for businesses, organizations and individuals. Ed’s primary objective is to help clients identify their goals, and then to collaborate with them on business and personal solutions to meet those goals.  

As an experienced litigator, Ed represents clients in state and...

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Shawn M Staples, Principal, Much Shelist Law Firm
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Shawn Staples focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and defense of professional malpractice claims. Shawn has extensive experience inside and outside of the courtroom. He has conducted trials in state and federal court and has assisted in appeals before the Illinois Supreme Court. Shawn has conducted depositions, resolved cases during mediation and pre-trial settlement conferences, and successfully argued many contested motion hearings. Shawn also has experience in successfully arguing and defending hearings for temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief for his business clientele.

Shawn has assisted the firm’s banking clients in a variety of matters by representing the FDIC, banks, mortgage lenders, and servicers in fraud claims and commercial real estate foreclosures. Shawn has also represented financial institutions and business in prosecuting and defending claims under the Uniform Commercial Code.

Shawn is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar).

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