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Chicago Travel Quarantine Order Now Affects Nearly All States

CHICAGO — City folks visiting nearly every U.S. state will be required to quarantine for two weeks under a revamped coronavirus emergency travel order, public health officials said Tuesday.

“It’s not rocket science about what needs to be done. It’s about individual decision-making. Now is not the time to be traveling. Now is not the time to be gathering. It is not the time to have people into your home who do not already live there,” Chicago public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said.

The city’s emergency travel order now designates COVID-19 travel risks in three categories — Red, Orange and Yellow. As of Tuesday, 42 states and Puerto Rico were categorized as coronavirus hot spots that would require Chicagoans to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning from any of those locations.

City officials also urged Chicagoans to avoid nonessential trips to six other states and the District of Columbia in the Yellow category.

“It is the time to put COVID first. Imagine that you yourself have COVID right now. And if you have COVID, that means you need to be wearing your mask whenever you’re going out from your home. You need to be social distancing. You need to be hand-washing. You need to be staying home if you are having even mild symptoms,” Arwady said. “And you need to be looking out for your family, your neighbors and all of Chicago. I know we’re tired of COIVD, but COVID is going to continue to grow if we can’t change our behavior.”

Arwady also said that gathering in Chicago also presents severe risks of spreading COVID-19. She said there’s a 1-in-3 chance that someone has COVID-19 in a gathering of 10 people. In a group of 50, the risk of being in the presence of someone with coronavirus jumps to 9 out of 10 people, Arwady said.

The travel order requires travelers self-quarantine after visiting hot spot states that have a higher coronavirus positivity rate than Chicago, or 15 positive case per 100,000 people. Those states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

City officials also advised folks to avoid nonessential travel to “Yellow” states including New York, California, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Maine, Vermont and District of Columbia.

More information is available on the Chicago Public Health Department website.

This article originally appeared on the Chicago Patch

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No Chicago travel quarantine order update this week

Chicago will not add or remove states from its travel quarantine order this week, the city announced, following an indication last week that Michigan could be added soon.

The city’s public health department tweeted the lack of change Wednesday afternoon after a spokesman on Tuesday said an announcement was delayed because of the election. Residents should “expect a full update early next week” as the current list covers 31 states as well as Puerto Rico.

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Last week, the city added Florida to its travel order and warned Michigan could be next as coronavirus cases continued to rise, public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady had said. Should that happen, it would join Illinois’ Great Lakes neighbors Indiana and Wisconsin as the Midwest grapples with a recent surge of outbreaks.

Residents cannot travel to the following areas without quarantining for two weeks: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s self-quarantine requirement was implemented during the Fourth of July weekend. People who have spent more than 24 hours in the high-risk states are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering Chicago. Though the order is generally not being enforced aside from signs and billboards telling people that they must self-quarantine, violators are subject to fines of $100 to $500 per day, up to $7,000.

Exceptions to the self-quarantine order include essential workers, those traveling for medical treatment and those for whom “self-quarantine is not possible, practicable or advisable.” The order also does not apply to people who are at the airport for a connecting flight or are driving through the city on their way elsewhere. People who commute across the Wisconsin and Indiana state lines to or from Chicago to work or go to school will be exempt from the quarantine rule.

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Michiganders can’t go back and forth to vacation homes under Gov. Whitmer’s latest stay-at-home order

LANSING, MI — Those who have multiple homes in Michigan will no longer be allowed to travel freely between those properties as part of the latest stay-at-home order.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30, which in part restricts travel for non-essential reasons throughout the state.

That extension now includes more language about traveling between multiple homes in Michigan. According to the order, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight, travel is permitted:

“Between two residences in this state, through April 10, 2020. After that date, travel between two residences is not permitted.”

That means Michiganders have until the end of the day Friday to choose which homes they will live in. After that, they will be subject to fines and penalties if they are violating the order by traveling between the two homes. However, if you are returning from out of state or traveling to a residence out of Michigan, that is allowed. That includes ‘snowbirds’ who are currently living out of state and who are weighing their options for when to return to Michigan.

“Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up,” Whitmer said in a press release announcing the extension.

The order comes three days after James Janisse, the village president of Elk Rapids, Michigan reached out to the governor, urging her to force Michiganders to make a one-time choice on which home they want to live in during the stay-at-home order. Janisse and other officials in smaller northern Michigan towns have expressed concern regarding downstate residents traveling north to their vacation or second homes.

While those cities and towns typically enjoy having more people around, right now, they’re concerned about the ability to fight the COVID-19 virus in small towns. Janisse says people arriving in the small towns are not self-quarantining and going out to grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses deemed essential and that remain open.

“House activity rivals that of Independence Day and Harbor Days,” Janisse said in a letter to Whitmer. “At any other time, this would be cause for celebration, but right now it is not.”

He’s concerned those traveling may unknowingly spread the virus in communities where health facilities are not equipped to handle a significant outbreak.

In some areas, those who decide to move to vacation homes are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days once they have arrived home. Earlier this week, Dr. Michael Collins, medical director of the Grand Traverse County Health Department urged travelers to self-isolate and avoid trips to the grocery store or anything that would put them in contact with others.

“It doesn’t take many who don’t follow that kind of instruction to really make a big difference in the ultimate success or failure, in terms of how many cases we get and how quickly,” Collins said.

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Outdoor recreation activities limited, not banned by Governor Polis’ stay-at-home order

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Colorado residents can still go outside for exercise under the statewide stay-at-home order, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday, but they are urged to stay close to home and keep a safe distance from others to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The stay-at-home order issued Thursday doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.

You can go for a walk in the park, a jog around the neighborhood, a bicycle ride or to your favorite local fishing spot, the governor said. It’s even OK to get in your car and drive to locations near your home to participate in those activities.

The city of Fort Collins and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, following the lead of the World Health Organization, continue to stress the importance of outdoor exercise for personal health. The governor also emphasized it but suggests outdoor recreation be limited to what is “absolutely necessary” for the duration of the stay-at-home order, which runs through April 11.

Larimer County’s order lasts through April 17.

“If you need to recreate, and we love our outdoors, do it in communities close to your home,” Polis said at a news conference a day after issuing the stay-at-home order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. “… This pandemic is not a vacation. It’s not the time to drive 2 or 3 hours from Denver to mountain communities, many of which are reeling from the crisis. Let me add that that is really dumb, because those communities have a higher rate of infection than where you live.”

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Polis is asking residents to avoid parking areas and trails that don’t have enough space for people from different households to remain at least 6 feet apart from one another. That might also mean finding a less-used trail or recreating at off-peak times, he said.

Horsetooth Reservoir and the trails surrounding it are a great option for Fort Collins residents, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Katie O’Donnell said, provided they don’t all go to the same trails at the same time.

There are numerous city, county and state parks and open spaces in and around Fort Collins for people to get outside and enjoy.

Even the three city-run golf courses that have been closed for play — City Park Nine, Collindale and SouthRidge —are open for walking, running and similar activities “for the mental and physical well-being of our community,” city spokeswoman Valerie Van Ry wrote in an email Friday night.

“Visitors to the course(s) are asked to recreate responsibly and observe the minimum physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals,” she wrote.

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Some outdoor recreation areas where people were found to be consistently violating social-distancing guidelines have already been closed and others will be, she said, if the guidelines

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Outdoor recreation is exempt from Montana’s stay-home order, but don’t go too far | Montana Untamed

On Friday, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced changes to allowable activities at some of its recreation areas.

“It doesn’t look like we’ll be closing sites completely – it’ll be a little more precise than that,” said FWP spokesman Greg Lemon. “It’ll be things like you might not be able to camp, but you’ll still be able to use sites for day-use.”

State parks, fishing access sites and wildlife management areas remain open with the following restrictions:

  • Overnight camping will not be allowed. Campgrounds will be systematically closed, giving current campers 72-hour notice.
  • Group use sites will be closed, including playgrounds.
  • Visitor center closures will be extended at least through April 10.
  • Bathrooms at many locations will be limited due to public and employee safety concerns, because of the current lack of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Sites will be regularly patrolled by enforcement staff.
  • Specific sites may close to address groups gathering, public health and safety, FWP employee safety or resource damage.

With the governor’s new order, FWP has fielded phone calls from people asking many different questions, including whether restrictions in other states could come to Montana. For example, the state of Washington prohibited fishing to limit the spread of COVID-19, but Montana has had no such discussions, Lemon said.

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How the governor’s stay-at-home order applies to outdoor recreation

A cyclist make her way up Lookout Mountain on March 25. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Gov. Jared Polis last week imposed a stay-at-home order for Coloradans due to the coronavirus, but added that outdoor exercise is still allowed as an “essential” activity. He also urged Coloradans to recreate in communities close to where they live.

“Our mountains and our canyons have been here for hundreds of thousands of years, and they’re going to be here for hundreds of thousands of years,” Polis said. “So wait until this blows over to enjoy them.”

Here are answers to some of the questions that have arisen since the order was issued:

Is outdoor exercise allowed under the stay-at-home order?

Not only is it allowed, it is encouraged. The governor has been consistent about that since the beginning of the crisis because of the physical and mental health benefits associated with exercise. He has, however, suggested people cut back on their outdoor exercise and mix in indoor exercise alternatives on occasion. “Stop putting yourself and others at risk,” Polis said. “Of course, maintain your physical fitness, and engage as you need in physical activity. But please, be careful and judicious.”

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If I live in Denver, may I go to the mountains to recreate?

“If you live in a city, you certainly shouldn’t be leaving your city to recreate,” Polis said. “You should use your municipal parks at off-hours. I’ve encouraged municipalities to expand the hours of operation of those parks to further spread it out. It also generally will mean recreating less during this crisis.”

If I live outside of Denver, may I leave my town or county to recreate?

People should recreate near where they live, Polis insisted. While acknowledging that means different things to different people depending on where they live, he strongly discouraged people living in the Front Range from visiting the mountains. “Just because you’re not working, this doesn’t mean it’s vacation,” Polis said. “It’s not the time to drive two or three hours from Denver to mountain communities, many of which are reeling from the crisis. Let me add, that is really dumb, because those communities have a higher rate of infection than where you live. So the last thing you should want to do is drive to your second residence, or a hotel, or a cabin in the mountains.”

Which types of outdoor recreation are allowed?

Individual exercise is OK but participating in group activities is not. Denver Parks have closed basketball and tennis courts. Playgrounds are closed.

Maintaining social distancing and avoiding groups is mandatory. “People shouldn’t be playing in groups,” Polis said. “Basketball, as an example. You can play one on one with a housemate, but not full-team basketball. Frisbee, again, with a housemate, but not Frisbee tag or ultimate (Frisbee). It’s about using common sense to try to engage in the necessary recreation you need, as close to home as possible.”

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