Beginning Friday Night July 31, 2020 Only Passengers, Some Passenger Helpers, and Employees Allowed in Terminals at O’Hare and Midway

Airports Closed to the General Public 24Beginning Friday night July 31, 2020 access to O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport will be limited to employs and passengers with tickets, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. “Limited access will be allowed for those assisting passengers,” according to a Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) official announcement on Thursday July 30, 2020.




The decision is one of numerous precautions the city is taking amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory face coverings in the terminal, and ordering residents to quarantine for two weeks after returning from states with virus outbreaks.

“In order to ensure the safety and security of our valued passengers and employees, access to airport terminals is restricted to ticketed passengers, those assisting passengers, badged employees, and others with legitimate airport business.”

— CDA statement

To enforce the new rule, Chicago police and CDA security will establish checkpoints at Midway and O’Hare’s CTA stops at night. Authorities will require proof travelers are flying such as a boarding pass or ID badges for employees.

There are currently no plans for daytime checkpoints, although people entering the O’Hare or Midway may be asked to show credentials.

Effective Friday, access to airport terminals at both O’Hare and Midway International Airports will be restricted to ticketed passengers and airport employees.

In order to ensure the safety and security of our valued passengers and employees, access to airport terminals is restricted to ticketed passengers, those assisting passengers, badged employees, and others with legitimate airport business Enforcement of these restrictions will begin tomorrow night, Friday, July 31, 2020.

— CDA

Similar policies are in place, for example, at John F. Kennedy International Airport and La Guardia Airport, Hartsfield — Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport.

Face coverings are also required at O’Hare and Midway. As of May 1, 2020 Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide order for people over the age of two to wear a face covering in public when social distancing is not an option. Chicago airports require passengers and staff to wear a face covering at O’Hare and Midway Intl.​ Airports.​

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