The impact of a possible travel order to and from the Chicagoland area is not yet known by Door County businesses. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday Wisconsin would join 21 other states from which travelers are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days if they spend more than 24 hours away. Cook County, which includes Chicago, has a similar list of states that includes Arizona, Florida, and Iowa but has not yet included Wisconsin. The travel order has been lightly enforced according to several Chicago media outlets. Destination Door County’s Jon Jarosh is not sure what kind of impact it will have on area tourism, but they will be preaching the same message about safety.
Jarosh says it is too early to see what impact the pandemic has had on tourism based on sales tax collections, but numbers from the Door County Tourism Zone showroom tax collections since March in some communities are down between 40 and 60 percent from 2019.