Chicago Adds 9 States to Its Travel Advisory List As Illinois Recommends Masks Indoors for All

The city of Chicago added nine states to its travel advisory list amid a spate of coronavirus cases across the country.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming were all put on the "orange" list of travel destinations with at least 15 cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to the city. They join Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that were already on the list.
All unvaccinated travelers coming from an “orange” destination are “advised”, according to the city, to either get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling to Chicago or to be quarantined for 10 days after arrival to deliver. The list is updated once a week.
Earlier this month, Chicago began putting states back on the advisory list, starting with Missouri and Arkansas. It was the first time since June 1 that states had been upgraded to Orange.
In addition, the Illinois Department of Health said it had "fully adopted" the updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommend that everyone wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
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"While the data continues to show the effectiveness of the three COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in the US, including against the Delta variant, we are still seeing the virus spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in a statement. "Cases and hospital admissions for COVID-19 continue to rise, mostly among the unvaccinated, but the risk is greater for everyone unless we stop the continued spread of the virus and the Delta variant."
Illinois isn't the only one reintroducing the mask rules. Earlier this month, Los Angeles brought back an indoor mask mandate, and Las Vegas is now requiring its employees to wear face coverings indoors.
Chicago currently has an average positivity rate of 2.8% per day for COVID-19 cases. Citywide, 58% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 51.9% are fully vaccinated.
Alison Fox is a writer for Travel + Leisure. When not in New York City, she enjoys spending time on the beach or exploring new travel destinations, and hopes to visit any country in the world. Follow their adventures on Instagram.

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