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Information on Chicago's Emergency Travel Order

(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

This article was updated on July 31.

While the city of Chicago is now firmly in Phase IV for reopening, earlier this month the Chicago Department of Public Health  issued the city's Emergency Travel Order, which affects the entire DePaul community as they prepare to return to campus. Please note that this order has been recently expanded to include suburban Cook County.

The order requires students, faculty and staff entering or returning to Cook County, which includes Chicago and the suburbs, from states experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the identified state. The list of affected states will be updated every Tuesday on its website.

It is important to emphasize all students, faculty and staff must abide by local and/or state travel orders upon returning from an impacted state and quarantine for 14 days before visiting campus.  

For students preparing to come back to campus, please visit the Return to Campus website for the latest information regarding resident students and off-campus students. Resident students can direct any questions they may have to Finally, students who are returning from international locations must quarantine for 14 days per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines

As for employees, if they cannot work from home during their 14-day quarantine due to personal travel to an affected state, they will need to use vacation or sick days, or unpaid leave. For all faculty and staff questions related to the travel order, please contact

Be sure to regularly visit the Return to Campus website for the most up-to-date information related to the DePaul community's return to campus this fall.