By Reyna Estrada / Editor-in-Chief
On Nov. 12 2020, Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stay at home advisory, recommending all Chicago residents to avoid leaving their homes. The advisory is set to go into effect on Monday Nov.16, and will stay in place for 30 days, or until the Health Commissioner determines a change to the guidelines are necessary.
The official advisory states that Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago’s Commissioner of Health advises residents to only leave their place of residence to go to work, school or other essential needs such as grocery shopping. Additionally, the advisory states that if residents do leave their home, they must wear a face covering and practice social distancing guidelines.
The advisory also recommends that residents refrain from having guests over, avoid Thanksgiving gatherings and to not travel.
Travel restrictions are set to maintain in place under section two of the advisory. Residents are advised to avoid non-essential travel out of state. Additionally, if residents travel into Chicago from high risk states, they must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before arriving in Chicago, or quarantine for 14 days.
The advisory also details other current restrictions, including “increased enforcements of limits on private gatherings,” and “continued closure of indoor dining at restaurants and bars.”
The advisory comes as a result of recent increases of COVID-19 cases in Chicago.
According to the advisory, “The City of Chicago is experiencing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, which left unchecked poses a risk to our healthcare system.”