Chicago Announces Changes to Travel Advisory Format Beginning Friday – NBC Chicago

Starting later this week, Chicago’s travel advisory will look different as city officials announced plans to change how the advisory is structured.

Following changes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the city said it will instead categorize counties and locations as low, medium or high risk, based on data provided by the CDC. Residents will need to check the map for the latest information prior to travel.

“Chicago’s Travel Advisory was always meant to be used by Chicagoans as a tool to help make informed decisions about travel based on their individual and local COVID-19 risk,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. “As we enter this new phase of the pandemic, it’s important for us to remember that all risk is local – and by aligning with the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels, we’re able to better recommend the prevention steps that align with the specific risk.”

The CDC late last month unveiled a county-by-county community level map and announced a shift in metrics that gives more weight to hospitalizations and hospital capacity instead of case numbers.

In medium risk areas, people at high risk for severe illness are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about whether they should wear a mask and take other precautions, according to the CDC. For communities deemed high risk, people should wear masks in public indoor spaces, including schools, and take additional precautions if at risk for severe illness.

Prior to the upcoming change, states were added to the advisory’s “orange list” when COVID metrics rise above the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Any below that mark are on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.

City officials said, beginning Friday, Chicago’s Travel Advisory will be updated every Friday to align with the release of the updated CDC COVID-19 Community Level data.

“ALL travelers should check the map so you know whether the areas you are traveling to are low, medium, or high risk for COVID-19,” the health department said in a release.

Under the changes, areas shaded in green, or low risk, will not require any actions from travelers. Those in yellow, or medium risk, should consider wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, the guidelines state.

But for high risk, CDPH suggests the following:

  • Wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • Travelers who are age 5 or older who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines are advised to avoid travel to high-risk (orange) counties.

Unvaccinated Chicagoans age 5 or older who travel to high-risk (orange) counties, upon returning to Chicago are advised to follow CDC guidance:

  • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days after travel
  • Take a COVID test 3-5 days after return – if it is positive, stay home and follow CDC guidance.

ALL travelers are also advised to:

  • Ensure you are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines (including boosters) before any planned travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Consider packing an at-home COVID test in case you develop symptoms while traveling.

Officials noted that despite relaxed mitigations across the country, the TSA’s mask mandate remains in place for public transportation and businesses may also still choose to require masks.

All Illinois counties were listed in the low category on the CDC’s COVID-19 community level map Thursday, meaning masks can safely be removed.

Despite the changes to the advisory, the health department announced seven additional states were removed Tuesday.

Alabama, California, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon all dropped below the warning level threshold.

Last week, 16 states were dropped from the travel advisory as the spring break travel rush began.

The city noted that “given the delay for approval of vaccination for children under 5,” children 5 years old and younger are exempt from the advisory, but only if the adults they are traveling with are vaccinated.

International travelers will be subject to guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which requires that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, get a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than one day before travel into the United States.  

This week’s update to the travel advisory comes at a time when the average daily number of new cases in Chicago started to climb to 156, though it continues to remain well-below the 5,189 seen earlier this year.

That figure is still higher than the low of 34 the city saw in late June last year, however.

Hospitalizations are averaging 9.57 per day and deaths dropped to 0.71 per day, both marking significant decreases from the omicron peak earlier this year.

The positivity rate climbed slightly to 0.8%, up from 0.7% last week.

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Traffic advisories set for Egg Harbor Township beginning Monday | Local News

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — There will be a series of traffic advisories in place beginning Monday in the township.

The eastbound lane of Mill Road will be closed between Fire and Old Zion roads 24 hours a day beginning Monday. The westbound lane will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting. Police and traffic directors will be on site to assist motorists and provide access to Patcong Road.

A one-lane, alternating traffic pattern will be in effect on Steelmanville Road, between Ocean Heights Avenue and Blackman Road, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A one-lane, alternating traffic pattern will be in effect on Ocean Heights Avenue, between Steelmanville and Blackman roads, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A one-lane, alternating traffic pattern will be in effect on Zion Road, between Bargaintown and Old Zion roads, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

All events are weather permitting.

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New U.S. travel restrictions beginning Monday

Beginning Monday, travelers heading to the U.S. will be required to show evidence of a negative test for the virus within one day of boarding their flight instead of three days prior.

Also, Biden will extend the federal rule requiring passengers on planes, trains and buses to wear face masks through March 18. It was scheduled to expire in mid-January.

The Biden administration’s moves come after the White House announced a ban on travel to the U.S. by foreign nationals who have been to South Africa or seven other African countries within the previous 14 days.

That travel ban does not apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Here’s what travelers should know:

New testing requirements

Starting Monday, the U.S. will begin requiring all inbound international travelers to test for COVID-19 within one day of their flight to the U.S., regardless of their nationality or vaccination status.

That will replace a similar three-day requirement in effect since early November, when the administration scrapped country-specific travel bans.

“This tighter testing timetable provides an added degree of protection as scientists continue to study the omicron variant,” Biden said during a brief appearance to announce his latest measures against the virus.

Do testing requirements apply to children?

Yes, but children under 2 years old do not need to get tested. There is also an option for people who can prove they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.

Do you have to get the test exactly 24 hours before travel?

No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s policy specifies that travelers must get tested one day before the flight’s departure, but does not say it has to be exactly 24 hours before.

“The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator,” the CDC says. “By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken.”

That means if your flight is at 1 p.m. on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday, the agency explains.

Face mask rules

The Transportation Security Administration will extend the requirement to wear a mask on planes, trains, subways and other public transportation including airports and bus terminals through the winter.

Fines, which were doubled earlier this year, will remain in a range of $500 to $3,000.

The mask rule has become a flashpoint on flights, and some in the airline industry are eager to see the mandate go away. Airlines have reported more than 5,000 incidents of unruly passengers to federal authorities since the start of the year, with about three-fourths of the events involving passengers who refuse to wear a mask.

Is testing and quarantine required after arrival?

No, it is not required but the CDC recommends that all travelers get tested three to five days after travel.

Travelers are advised to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they do develop symptoms.

It is also recommended that those who are not fully vaccinated stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if they test negative within three to five days after arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers who don’t get tested are advised to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

If the traveler has recovered from a documented coronavirus infection within the past 90 days before travel, they do not need to get a test three to five days after travel, even if they’re unvaccinated, the CDC says.

At Los Angeles International Airport, arriving travelers can head to a newly established rapid coronavirus testing site at the airport’s international terminal.

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Sycamores Travel East for Myrtle Beach Invitational Beginning Thursday

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Indiana State will play three games over the course of four days beginning Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. The Sycamores will open the bracket with a game against Old Dominion before moving on to face either Oklahoma or East Carolina Friday at a time to be determined.
Tip is set with the Monarchs for 9 p.m. ET Thursday from HTC Center in Conway, S.C. The game will air on ESPNU as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on worldwide free-of-charge.
Coastal Carolina University is announcing a new practice effective August 18, 2021: All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings indoors.
Fans may remove masks while eating or drinking but should mask at all other times while in the HTC Center.
Athletes and coaches may remove masks while they are in the bench area.
In order to expedite entry and provide a safe and secure environment for fans, Coastal Carolina University has implemented a Clear Bag Policy for all events on campus. Along with numerous institutions around the country, the state of South Carolina and professional sports around the world, this policy limits the size and style of bags carried into the HTC Center. Click here for more information.
» After posting career highs across the board a year ago, junior Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. Neese leads the team with 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while also recording 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Neese has been lights out from the charity stripe (10-11) with a 90.9 make percent while shooting 35 percent (7-20) from distance. The Cloverdale, Indiana native has scored at least 15 points in all three contests while snagging at least six rebounds.
» Coming off a season-ending ACL tear in 2020-21, Kailex Stephens has come out strong as ever. The 6-foot-7 forward dominated the first game of the season at Green Bay and was a major contributor to ISU’s 12-point rally to win the road game. Stephens posted his first career double-double in a Sycamore uniform against the Phoenix after scoring 16 points and recording 13 rebounds. Through three games, Stephens is averaging 9.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and has turned the ball over just three times.


» Cameron Henry has been as advertised for the Sycamores as the Lincoln Memorial transfer sits second on the team with a 14.3 points per game average through three contests. Henry has scored in double-digits all three games with a season-high 18 points coming in a win over Hanover where the guard shot 4-for-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc. The Chesterfield, Virginia native has pulled down 14 rebounds in three games and recorded his first double-double of the season Sunday with an 18 point, 10 rebound game against the Panthers. Along with his scoring and rebounding, Henry has been consistent in the passing game, averaging three assists per contest.


» After starting the season with just eight players available at Green Bay due to injuries, ISU has now utilized 12 players through the first week of play. During a blowout win against Hanover Sunday, all 12 players that dressed saw the floor and played at least five minutes. Every player that saw action scored a point for the Sycamores in the 90-49 victory.


For the latest information on Sycamore Basketball, be sure to visit You can also find the team on social media, including TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube. Fans can also receive updates on Sycamore Athletics by downloading the March On App from both the App Store and the Google Play Store.


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New York Travel Advisory Update: No Quarantine Required for Domestic Travel Beginning April 1, 2021 | Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC

On March 11, 2021, New York announced that quarantine would no longer be required for any domestic travel entering the state as of April 1, 2021. This is a very surprising development, especially given that the state updated the travel advisory yesterday for the first time since Nov. 3, 2020. You may find that updated guidance here.

Travelers must continue to fill out the traveler health form. Further, all individuals returning from travel must monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return and immediately self-isolate if symptoms emerge. 

What About Between Now and April 1?

People will have to quarantine upon arriving to New York between now and April 1, but there are now two exemptions. To fit into one of these exemptions, an individual must be either:

  1. Fully vaccinated, within three months of receiving the final dose of the vaccine, and remain asymptomatic; OR
  2. An asymptomatic individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past three months and has since recovered. The three-month period begins either on the date of symptom onset or the date of the first positive diagnostic test if the individual remains asymptomatic.

Between now and April 1, the remainder of the travel advisory remains unchanged. Domestic travelers from contiguous states (Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) do not need to quarantine. Travelers who are in a non-contiguous state for less than 24 hours do not need to quarantine or be tested but must fill out the traveler health form. The essential worker exception remains unchanged. Finally, those subject to the travel quarantine may test out under the existing rules.

What About International Travel?

The domestic guidance has no impact on international travelers. All travelers must quarantine upon returning from international travel. This is a new rule. Travelers must quarantine for seven days, with a test three to five days after returning, or must quarantine the full 10 days without a test.

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MSP Airport preps for busiest travel month since beginning of pandemic

With many preparing to travel for spring break in March, officials at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are preparing for what is expected to be their busiest month since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

MSP Airport could see a few days in March peaking at more than 28,000 passengers going through its checkpoints, well over the current pandemic peak of nearly 22,000 checkpoint passengers in a day set in late December, according to a news release. Pre-pandemic, busy spring break travel days often saw 35,000 to 45,000 people passing through the airport’s security checkpoints.

An average of 338 flights are expected to department MSP daily in March, up 21 from the average daily departures during MSP’s previous peak month during the pandemic in December. However, March departures are still projected to be 34% below this time last year, when the pandemic was only just beginning to impact air travel in the United States. 

MSP Airport officials say travelers should build in more time to get to the airport and to their gate. Travelers are advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours early for a domestic flight and two and a half hours early for an international flight. 

MSP Airport has put a number of new COVID-19 safety measures in place over the last several months, including: 

  • Queueing areas that promote better social distancing
  • “Robust” airport cleaning program
  • Hundreds of hand sanitizing stations across both terminals
  • Protective barriers at customer contact points 

MSP Airport recently launched a contactless online ordering portal called MSP ASAP that allows travelers to order food for pickup and delivery from multiple different restaurants or concession venues, including Blue Door Pub, Ike’s Club House and Hi-Lo Diner.  

Many restaurants at the MSP Airport have also employed QR codes for their menus and many concession venues are now accepting more app pay services to promote additional contactless transactions.  

For a contactless parking experience, travelers can pre-book their parking online and scan a QR code from the online parking confirmation to enter and exit the parking ramp. 

Delta Air Lines is preparing for an influx of passengers in March by increasing its check-in capacity in Terminal 1. Delta will open its east curb check-in counters beginning March 10, which will operate daily between 6 a.m. and noon. Delta’s Tram Level ticket counters will also be open at various times to offer another alternative to its main ticketing lobby counters. 

MSP Airport is asking travelers to support their health and safety measures by continuing to wear their required face coverings, washing their hands regularly, using hand sanitizer and abiding by social distancing recommendations, especially in check-in and security lines. 

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