Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved this week to add Wisconsin to the “naughty” list in terms of spreading the novel coronavirus. There has been a spike in cases recorded in the Badger State and Lightfoot doesn’t want that spreading into Cook County or the city of Chicago itself. Concerns have been raised about Wisconsin businesses, including some restaurants and other attractions, being allowed to reopen, drawing tourists from the Windy City which is still mostly on lockdown. So anyone traveling to Wisconsin will need to go into quarantine for a couple of weeks or face some stiff fines and penalties. But as CBS Chicago points out, there are a couple of glaring flaws in this plan.
Wisconsin has been a popular getaway for people from Chicago during the coronavirus pandemic, but by Tuesday, anyone who visits will have to quarantine when they get home.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is adding the Badger State to the city’s quarantine order.
She said despite summer travel, people need to be on their guard to stop the spread of COVID-19. The mayor said while cities in the south and southwest have seen a record number of coronavirus cases, she hopes to keep the spreading at a distance for Chicagoans.
“We’re also seeing an increase in states around us. Wisconsin, for example, is going to go on our quarantine list later this week,” Lightfoot said. “And even in the suburban Cook County area, we have some concerns about what we’re seeing.”
Mayor Lightfoot has been keeping a list for a while now and she’s checking it twice. But the local CBS reporters investigating this story noticed some immediate issues that the Mayor may not be prepared to address.