Chicago Adds 9 States to Its Travel Advisory List As Illinois Recommends Masks Indoors for All

The city of Chicago added nine states to its travel advisory list amid a surge of coronavirus cases throughout the country.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming were all added to the “orange” list of destinations experiencing at least 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents, according to the city. They join Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were already on the list.

All unvaccinated travelers coming from an “orange” destination are “advised” to either get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling to Chicago or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, according to the city. The list is updated once per week.

Earlier this month, Chicago started adding states back onto the advisory list, starting with Missouri and Arkansas. It was the first time states had been upgraded to “orange” since June 1.

In addition, the Illinois

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Las Vegas to Require Masks Indoors Including on Casino Floors

Starting Friday, Nevada will require masks to be worn indoors, including on Las Vegas casino floors, adopting the latest guidance from the CDC.

The state’s Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive implementing a mask mandate “consistent with the guidance issued by the CDC, and any subsequent guidance issued by the CDC.”

The mandate comes just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people wear masks indoors “in areas with substantial and high transmission,” regardless of their vaccination status. In Nevada, 12 of 17 counties are currently classified as having either “substantial” or “high” risk of transmission, including Clark County where Las Vegas is located.

In recent weeks, the country has seen a rise in coronavirus cases, most of which are attributed to the highly contagious delta variant. Nationwide, 49.94% of counties are considered as having a “high” risk of transmission, and another 16.68% are at “substantial”

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Masks Optional for Las Vegas Visitors As County Implements Mandate for Employees

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Las Vegas is requiring employees to wear face coverings indoors, however, the rule has not been put in place for visitors.

The new mask order, which went into effect on Wednesday, was approved by the Clark County Commission during an emergency meeting, according to the county. It requires all employees who interact with members of the public or who are in close contact with co-workers to wear face coverings through at least Aug. 17.

The mask order was made following the recommendation of the Southern Nevada Health District.

“We can’t afford to allow hospitals to become… worse in terms of their crowding and we cannot afford to have this economy suffer in the slightest,” said Commissioner Jim Gibson, who proposed the mask mandate, according to ABC News, adding, “We have to do something.”

While the mask mandate only applies to employees, the county

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