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As the pandemic continues, Chicago leaders and surrounding states are instating more policies. One of the policies put in place by Mayor Lori Lightfoot is the self-quarantine list. While this is not a new policy, it is constantly being updated. Lightfoot added Missouri, Dakota, and Nebraska to Chicago’s self-quarantine list. The list is comprised of over 22 states. If anyone from the city does visit these states, they must quarantine for 14 days, even if they have not contracted Covid-19.
In an effort to enforce the list, Mayor Lightfoot stated that anyone who does not abide by the rules in place will be fined. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is among other names on the self-quarantine list. Many Chicagoans have summer homes there and visit frequently. While Lightfoot advises against traveling to Lake Geneva, she stated that if residents do visit, they must self-quarantine, as cases have spiked there.
Coronavirus Aid Package and Homelessness
In other news, the removal of medically vulnerable people from shelters and jails amid the pandemic is being discussed. This comes after reports of widespread Covid-19 cases among homeless shelters. While officials are making decisions to prevent Covid-19, their efforts have been ineffective. This comes amid reports of Republicans and Democrats disagreeing about how to handle the pandemic.
Additionally, Republicans and Democrats have both proposed a Coronavirus aid package. However, Republicans feel that Democrats are asking for too much money. For the Democrats Coronavirus aid package, approximately $3 trillion would be needed. On the other hand, Republicans’package would only need $1 trillion. However, Republicans’ relief package ignores the needs of jobless individuals, and schools. No official decision has been made, however, Democrats are still pushing for one.
Written by Reginae Echols
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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