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Remember Chicago Travel Restrictions When Scheduling Parenting Time or Trips

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Written by Olivia St. Clair Long, JD on 1.26.21

As divorced, or divorcing, parents continue to navigate the world of Pandemic Co-Parenting, for residents of Chicago, it is important to keep in mind the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the city. Parenting time can be even harder for parents living out of state who plan to travel to Chicago to see their children. The city of Chicago has travel restrictions that apply to travelers from every state other than Hawaii, which include a mandatory quarantine period of 10 days OR proof of negative Covid test combined with strict adherence to public mask use, social distancing, and avoidance of in-person gatherings of numerous people. However, restrictions change frequently, based on changing data with regard to infection rates, hospital usage, and a variety of other public health data, so it is important to keep up-to-date by frequently checking the city’s Emergency Travel Order.

Restrictions will, of course, also apply in the instance of a parent who wishes to travel out of state with their child. Upon returning, the child is subject to the mandatory quarantine or proof of negative Covid test. If the child is enrolled in a school that is holding in-person learning the school may have its own requirements as well, such as mandatory online learning for a period of time upon return. In addition to following city guidelines, parents must also consider any school requirements when contemplating travel.

Before attempting to schedule any travel, you should consult with your child’s other parent, as well as your attorney, if any clarification is needed.

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