Quarantine Order Not Expected to Affect South Shore

The City of Chicago has added Indiana to its COVID-19 quarantine list, but rail commuter operator South Shore Line doesn’t expect that to affect its operations between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.

Michael Noland, president of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates the South Shore commuter trains, said its commuter schedule won’t change.

Although South Shore ridership has been down about 20 percent, Noland doesn’t expect ridership to be affected by the order.

 “Our riders . . . probably already fit into the exceptions that are contained in the Chicago travel ban,” Noland said.

The order requires travelers to quarantine for 14 days when entering the city, if they are coming from states where the rate of new COVID-19 cases is higher than 15 per 100,000 residents.

Indiana’s rate places it among 25 states on the quarantine list, but the order makes exception for essential workers, those requiring medical care, and several other reasons.

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