Can you say crazy?
I am not sure Chicago can be managed must worse than it currently is. Rampant crime, unfunded pensions, and now have instituted a new travel order.
This new order uses a rolling average, of new CV-19 cases. for each state. So if you are planning on visiting or returning to the Windy City, and your destination state has had a few extra cases reported, you might be a target for big fines in you don’t self-quarantine, even if no symptoms.
According to NBC Chicago – Public health authorities in Chicago will be checking social media feeds to see if visitors to the city are following quarantine edicts.
On July 2, the city issued an emergency travel order requiring visitors and residents who have traveled to destinations with a high number of COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Chicago. Authorities will now check the online posts of suspected violators.
“One of the easiest ways to sort of get enough proof that there was the potential of a violated quarantine order without me having to send out an inspector or do any sort of more aggressive follow up to collect that is to look at social media,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner.
“They’re in any of the states that violated our order and then a few days later, they’re in Chicago, and they’re clearly out in Chicago, not just back, but at a restaurant or at the Bean or whatever it may be, and they’re posting about that — that’s an example of where we could use that as proof to issue citations,” Arwady added.
She noted that the city isn’t “necessarily” monitoring the social media accounts of travelers, but will check them if they “identify someone of concern.”
“I don’t want to like overemphasize that we’re somehow Big Brother in monitoring people’s social accounts — we’re absolutely not doing that,” she said. “But where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting it publicly.”
Fines range from $100 to $500 a day, but the city has not released information on who, if anyone, has been fined, USA Today reported. Arwady said the city’s Health Department sends warning letters to “people of concern.”
“Where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting it publicly,” she said.
So a heads up, before you start uploading a photo or videos or just text social media posts, make sure you are not going or returning to Chicago, and if so, check and see if you must self-quarantine.
If not, and Big Brother checks your SM pages, you might be giving the home of the Cubs, your Christmas money, in August.