Chicago COVID-19 the mask’s mandate takes effect as the dangerous Delta variant continues to spread through the community.
As of Friday, August 20, everyone over the age of two must wear a face mask in all indoor environments, including vaccinated citizens.
The inner mask mandate should be in effect until the daily average of COVID-19 cases drops to 400 or less.
Although coronavirus cases are on the rise, Chicago is now wide open, with no other restrictions.
Sept 10 – Illinois Reports Highest Daily Deaths in Nearly Seven Months
While the rise in COVID-19 appears to be slowing in Illinois, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, public health officials announced the highest number of daily deaths in nearly seven months.
63 fatalities were reported that day, most on a single day since February 19, 2021. This month, 241 lives have been lost statewide due to COVID-19 so far. Most people have not been vaccinated.
Coronavirus hospitalizations are also close to a seven-month peak. 2,327 beds were occupied with COVID-19 patients on Tuesday night. However, as new daily infections are decreasing, we can expect fewer deaths and hospitalizations in the next month.
Source: Chicago Sun Times
Current status of COVID-19 in Chicago
The US Centers for Disease and Prevention now considers Illinois an area of high community transmission of the virus.
Since the start of the pandemic, Chicago has registered 308,073 cases, 5,846 of which resulted in death.
Last week, there was, on average, 466 new cases daily. That’s 10% less than the week before.
On the other hand, the number of daily admissions dropped to 35 from 37 the week before.
On September 10th, 61.5% of Chicagoans received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while 56.2% were fully vaccinated.
Chicago Entry Requirements
Chicago is open to national and international visitors, but some entry measures are in place.
Unvaccinated domestic travelers coming from certain areas are advised to provide a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival.
All international air passengers traveling to the US must present a negative COVID-19 test or recovery documentation, regardless of vaccination status.
The federal government also suspended the entry of many countries, including the UK, China, India and the European Schengen area.
How safe is traveling to Chicago now?
Traveling anywhere during a coronavirus pandemic can be risky if you don’t take the necessary precautions. And especially now with the more contagious Delta variant spreading across the world.
As Chicago saw an increase in COVID-19 cases last month, you should be fully vaccinated when visiting the city.
Masks are required in all indoor areas, while social detachment and disinfection are recommended.
Why visit Chicago in times of pandemic?
As one of the largest cities in the US, it offers everything you want in an international city. From rich history, sublime architecture, art and technology to fantastic food and entertainment.
According to Google trends, Chicago was one of the most popular places to visit in the United States in the first half of August of this year.
Chicago also has numerous urban parks, beaches and the famous Lakefront Trail, fantastic places to exercise or connect with the locals.
Even now, during the pandemic, Chicago’s restaurants, bars and attractions are open to no limit. You can also expect fewer crowds than usual, especially during the summer.