The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an Emergency Travel Order effective July 6, 2020, directing travelers entering or returning to Chicago from specific states to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days – regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19 or test negative for the virus.

The most current order will impact anyone returning from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

To learn more about the order, go to the CDPH website and its frequently asked questions. The city’s order includes exceptions for essential work-related travel, medical care, and parental shared custody, as well as travelers who were in these states for less than 24 hours while traveling to other destinations, such as while changing planes or driving through a state. CDPH will update the state list every Tuesday, and the policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Rush has suspended all University participation in business travel, conferences or gatherings until further notice. 

If you plan to travel anywhere outside the United States, we strongly encourage you to heed the travel advisories and to continue to check the CDC travel website. Countries in which you are traveling may implement new entry and exit control measures and even quarantines with very little notice. Depending on where you expect to travel, you may have to reach difficult decisions to change or even cancel plans to ensure your own well-being and timely return to Rush.