Wisconsin to be added to Chicago's quarantine list later this week

NOW: Wisconsin to be added to Chicago’s quarantine list later this week

CHICAGO, Illinois (CBS 58) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday, July 27, that Wisconsin will be added to the city's quarantine list "later this week."

The announcement was made during a news conference regarding housing assistance.

"We're also seeing an increase in the states around us. Wisconsin for example, is going to go on our quarantine list later this week," Mayor Lightfoot said, while discussing the spread of COVID-19. "We're watching all of our neighbors very carefully."

Mayor Lightfoot first indicated that Wisconsin could be added to Chicago's quarantine list at a news conference Wednesday, July 22.

That would mean anyone traveling from Wisconsin would have to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Chicago, unless they fall under a list of exceptions.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sees it as a sign that the state isn't doing enough to control COVID-19.  "If Chicago thinks our people should stay home, then we better put some damn masks on," said Governor Evers.

"It doesn't surprise me," said Travon Haase who just got back from a trip to Chicago.  "I know people are a little fed up at this point being cooped up indoors, but hopefully it will at least slow it down.

"It's going to be hard," said Khadija Johnson.  She also just got back from Chicago, a place she likes to visit when she wants to get away.  "It's an easy 45 minute drive to get there, nice scenery and having to quarantine when we come back is just ruining our vacation.

The Health Director for the City of Chicago says they won't be pulling any cars over or actively looking for offenders.  They are relying on people to self-quarantine when they visit.

Wisconsin is also on the travel quarantine list for the state of New York.

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