Chicago Announcements July 14, 2021

Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Comm. Rosa Escareño and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Comm. Mark Kelly will both step down from their roles in the coming months, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday. Escareño, who has led the business affairs department since 2017, will retire at the end of July and be succeeded by First Deputy Comm. Kenneth Meyer in an acting capacity, officials said. Kelly, who was appointed by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2016, will step down “in the fall,” according to the announcement. 

The Chicago Department of Public Health reactivated its COVID-19 Emergency Travel Order on Tuesday, announcing that unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas must obtain a negative test result or quarantine for 10 days upon visiting Chicago. The two states were added back into the city’s “Orange Tier” because their daily COVID-19 caseloads exceed 15 new cases per 100,000 residents. The department had not listed any states in its Orange Tier since May 18, and on June 29 officials changed the emergency travel order to an “advisory.” Officials added that case rates have been “steadily increasing” in Nevada, Louisiana, Utah, Wyoming, and Florida, which may soon be added to the list of travel-restricted states. 

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