Access to Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airport terminals now restricted to ticketed travelers, employees amid COVID-19 pandemic


CHICAGO (WLS) – Access to terminals at O’Hare and Midway airports is now limited to passengers and airport employees with tickets. To ensure the safety and security of our valued passengers and employees, access to airport terminals is limited to ticketed passengers, those assisting passengers, badged employees and other people with legitimate airport activities, ”the Chicago Aviation Department said in a statement released Thursday.In order to enforce these restrictions, CDA security and the Chicago Police Department will set up a night checkpoint at CTA stops at each airport. Travelers must show proof that they are flying on that day, while employees must show their badge or ID. Limited access will also be allowed for those assisting passengers.RELATED: Chicago Quarantine: Wisconsin, 3 More States Added to COVID-19 Travel Order List

There is currently no plan for daytime checkpoints, but ADC security and CPD reserve the right to request to see appropriate credentials, the statement said.

Another change is that there will be no Blue Line trains departing from O’Hare every evening between midnight and 4 a.m. so crews can do additional cleaning, depending on the city. As a result, shuttles will be made available from the airport to the CTA Rosemont stop.

Other airports in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia have also implemented this policy in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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