Chicago on Tuesday, for the second time, added Wisconsin to its list of states from which travelers into the city should stay inside their homes for two weeks after traveling there because of high coronavirus counts. Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady made the call as part of her weekly update on the states that have earned the designation because of high virus counts.
Meanwhile, questions still swirl around how to successfully execute outdoor dining during fall and winter, but Monday, the city of Chicago issued some new guidelines to help the food and beverage industry make plans.
To participate, all restaurants and bars must have a sidewalk cafe permit, an outdoor patio license or an expanded outdoor dining permit. Guidelines on the structures, heating devices and other safety considerations are outlined in the memo.
Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:
2:35 p.m. (update): Wisconsin again added to Chicago’s quarantine list for travelers
For the second time, Chicago on Tuesday added Wisconsin to its list of states from which travelers into the city should stay inside their homes for two weeks after traveling there because of high coronavirus counts.
Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady made the call as part of her weekly update on the states that have earned the designation because of high virus counts. Her move came as Wisconsin’s governor on Tuesday declared “a new public health emergency” because COVID-19 is spiking there.
“Unfortunately, Wisconsin is currently in very poor control when it comes to COVID,” Arwady said. The Badger State now trails only North Dakota and South Dakota in terms of case rates, she said.
Arwady warned last week that if Wisconsin’s case rate didn’t come down below the 15 cases per 100,000 residents threshold Chicago officials use to determine the self-quarantine list, then she would include it soon.
Wisconsin’s is now at 31 cases per 100,000 residents, she said..
1:45 p.m.: Huge crowd gathers at Rotary Hill near Naperville District 203 offices to demand area schools reopen
Hundreds of Naperville-area parents and students rallied Monday to urge local school boards to bring students back to the classroom and the playing field.
Most public schools kicked off the academic year with remote learning due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. But parents and students at Monday’s rally said spending a school day in front of a computer screen just isn’t working for them.
Naperville District 203 eighth-grader Eleni Nicolaudes carried a sign that summed up her feelings on remote learning: “Stressed Out.”
“I feel as if I learn better in person,” said Eleni, who attended the rally with her mother and younger sister. “I’m a more hands-on learning. I like being in school.”
1:25 p.m.: COVID-19 pandemic takes toll on Evanston’s economy: ‘We are in the calm before the storm’
Evanston’s unemployment rate has more than tripled and local businesses are in the midst of a “retailpocolypse.”
That was just some of the dire financial news recently outlined by Evanston officials. They say the city is likely only at the beginning of the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are in the calm before the storm,” said Paul Zalmezak, Evanston’s Economic Development Division manager, during a virtual presentation to the Evanston City Council Sept. 14.
1 p.m.: Wisconsin expected to return to Chicago’s travel quarantine list
Chicago is expected on Tuesday, for the second time, to add Wisconsin to the city’s list of states from which travelers into Chicago should stay inside their homes for two weeks after traveling there because of high coronavirus counts, a source said.
Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady warned last week that if Wisconsin’s case rate didn’t come down below the 15 cases per 100,000 residents threshold Chicago officials use to determine the self-quarantine list, then she would include them soon.
Wisconsin’s cases remain above 20 per 100,000, according to city records, and Arwady is expected to announce the move on Tuesday, a source said.
The city of Chicago announces the additions and subtractions from its largely symbolic roll call of states on Tuesdays, and the new quarantine requirements take effect the following Friday.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration first added Wisconsin to the 14-day quarantine order in late July, only to take it off the list in mid-August when case numbers there dropped.
12:50 p.m.: Individuals at two Northbrook schools test positive for COVID-19
Northbrook District 28 has seen two positive COVID-19 cases in its schools in the past week, according to officials.
The cases were reported at Greenbriar and Meadowbrook, two of the district’s K-5 schools that serve about 400 students each. The…