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Travel Recommendations

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding all non-essential travel at this time.

LCHD encourages all returning Lake County residents to consider a 14-day self-quarantine to keep our communities safe if they were not able to observe the 3W's  (wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance ) while traveling. Please note that this is not a mandatory public health order.

The City of Highland Park urges residents returning from states experiencing widespread COVID-19 community transmission levels to self-quarantine for 14-days. This recommendation is consistent with guidance from the Lake County Health Department and follows related information from Chicago and most of Cook County. Travelers from all states, with the exception of: Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, the State of Washington and Wyoming are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine upon returning home. This is because the IDPH has designated all other US states as higher risk for travelers. Click here for IDPH's global travel guidance.

The guidance from the City and LCHD does not constitute a ban on travel, although individuals are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel to affected states where possible. IDPH discourages non-essential travel as well, including to the three states currently designated to be at lower risk. Those who must travel should follow public health best practices such as wearing a face covering, regularly washing hands, and maintaining at least a six-foot distance from others.

While in self-isolation, individuals should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, and/or loss of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, but regardless of symptomatic presentation or known exposure to the virus, travelers should be tested for COVID-19.

Click here for more information. 

Learn more: State of Illinois Travel Guidance
The Illinois Department of Public Health provides travel safety guidance on its website. Illinoisans are still encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel. To assist individuals in assessing the risk of travel, the IDPH has created a Travel Advisory Map, which denotes the relative risk (higher risk or lower risk) of traveling to various states or countries. IDPH recommends that individuals avoid travel to areas of higher risk as much as possible. 

IDPH's travel guidance include the following recommendations:

  • Wear a face covering in public.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from others. 
  • While driving, limit unnecessary stops to avoid close contact with others.
  • Monitor for symptoms, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. 
To read the full IDPH travel guidance, click here.

Last updated February 17, 2021.