Campus Messages

Update to City of Chicago Travel Order and Daily Pre-Check

November 12, 2020

The City of Chicago has revised its Emergency Travel order related to anyone coming into Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. However, Columbia will maintain its existing precautions requiring those who traveled to Chicago from such states, now defined as Red or Yellow states, to quarantine.

Under the city’s new system, a state will be placed in one of three color categories— Yellow, Orange, or Red—based on the status of outbreak in the state and how it compares to Chicago’s data.

Effective November 13, 2020, anyone arriving in Chicago from a state on the Red or Orange list will be required to quarantine for a 14-day period and must refrain from coming to campus. This does not apply to individuals who live in states designated as Red or Orange and regularly commute to Chicago for work or school.

While the city’s Emergency Travel Order allows travelers from states designated as Orange to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, Columbia will not. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and security of our campus community, the College will be not be accepting a negative test result as an alternative means for entry to campus.

Additionally, students traveling from a Red or Orange state will not be allowed to quarantine in their campus residence. Employees who are planning to travel should consult with their supervisors and HR to make necessary arrangements for returning to work and complete the College’s travel form prior to travel.

The College’s Daily Pre-Check has been updated to reflect the City of Chicago’s latest modification to its Travel Order which goes into effect tomorrow. Please be aware of the change to the Daily Pre-Check question upon entry to campus.