CHICAGO (CBS) — In a phenomenon we haven’t seen in almost a yr, there are now no COVID-19 travel restrictions for Chicago.
As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported Tuesday, extra freedom for vacationers might additionally imply more money for the State of Illinois.
For these trying to hit the skies and get out of city, or head to Chicago for a summer time escape, it’s now all concerning the yellow. States within the yellow tier, as outlined by the Chicago Division of Public Well being, have a seven-day rolling common of 15 instances or fewer per 100,000 residents per day.
The division introduced Tuesday that for the primary time for the reason that CDPH started issuing journey orders again in July of 2020, all states are within the yellow tier. There are none within the orange tier, with greater than 15 instances per 100,000 residents.
Based on CDPH, solely 4 states are reporting greater than 10 instances per day per 100,000 residents: Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, and West Virginia. No Midwest states are above 7.9 instances per day, per 100,000 residents:
State – Circumstances/100,000
- Indiana – 7.9
- Michigan – 7.9
- Illinois- 7.3
- Missouri – 7.3
- Minnesota – 7.1
- Wisconsin – 4.3
- Iowa – 3.7
The town updates its emergency journey order each two weeks, with adjustments taking impact the next Friday. The subsequent replace can be on June 15.
This implies now that no COVID testing or quarantining is required for guests and metropolis dwellers getting back from a visit. Dr. Allison Arwady credit the declining COVID case common – 157 per day – and the COVID vaccine as causes the town was capable of drop its home emergency journey restrictions.
The excellent news is tendencies are bettering in most states. However Dr. Emily Landon, chief epidemiologist for UChicago Drugs, mentioned that doesn’t imply everybody ought to simply journey with abandon but.
“The excellent news is that the tendencies are bettering in most states,” Landon mentioned. “I’d say we’re in a state of affairs now the place we’ve a story of two illnesses.”
The vaccinated are protected, however the unvaccinated stay in danger.
“In case you are an unvaccinated individual coming from that state, you actually may very well be very high-risk for spreading COVID right here in Chicago – and if you’re an unvaccinated individual touring to and spending time with unvaccinated folks, you actually might get COVID simply as extreme or simply as dangerous as you might in January,” Landon mentioned.
In the meantime, the yellow map isn’t the one information for many vacationers. It’s a potential lifeline to the state’s backside line – tourism – and its attainable revival.
Earlier than the shutdown, Illinois noticed a file variety of guests in 2019 – 120 million of them, who spent greater than $43 billion.
The 2020 numbers are anticipated to be half that, at finest.
Tourism leaders hope with journey restrictions gone, these guests will come again.
With the journey map being up to date each two weeks, restrictions might nonetheless be put again in place if tendencies reverse.