Fri April 30, 2021
For the health and safety of all participants and staff, the Downers Grove Park District continues to follow all state guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated adults no longer need to wear face coverings outdoors except in crowded situations. With this in mind and following current state guidelines, the Downers Grove Park District will continue to ask ALL program participants to adhere to the following safety guidelines (regardless of vaccination status):
The Downers Grove Park District will continue to meet capacity requirements as outlined by state guidelines. To meet these requirements, the District will require the following until further notice:
The Park District has received several inquiries regarding the need to wear a mask while participating in sports activities. On Monday, April 12, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in conjunction with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) issued new guidelines for youth and adult sports but they changed the guidelines again on April 14 which has created some confusion.
The guidelines that are in effect as of April 14, still require that a mask be worn for all sports whether they are held indoors or outdoors unless there is a medical reason or it meets one of the safety criteria listed in the guidelines (see Customer Behaviors: Minimum Guidelines):
The safety of our patrons is of the utmost importance to the Downers Grove Park District. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Park District has taken the position that we will follow all guidelines that are put in place by the State of Illinois. This includes the current youth and adult sports guidelines. We will continue to monitor all of the State’s guidelines and mitigation efforts for any changes and make updates if possible to our operation as they may occur.
If patrons are on site and have any concerns regarding the adherence to these guidelines, there will be a Park District employee on site for any Park District programs that can address the concern. If there is a concern during an District affiliate run event, concerns should be reported to an affiliate representative. Concerns can also be reported by calling the District’s Parks Hotline at 630-929-3136.
Governor Pritzker recently announced that the State of Illinois will soon move to new Bridge to Phase 5 guidelines under the Restore Illinois Plan. We are anxiously awaiting this change, which will occur once 70% of residents 65 and older have been vaccinated and barring any reversals in our COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths for a 28-day monitoring period. The Bridge to Phase 5 Plan will increase capacity limits for the Downers Grove Park District. View the Restore Illinois: Bridge to Phase 5 guidelines.
The Park District continues to increase staffing, adjust operations and evaluate program offerings to provide as many recreation experiences as possible while following the state guidelines and remaining fiscally responsible. Ongoing updates will be posted to our website at dgparks.org.
The following changes will be implemented:
On Feb. 3, Region 8 (DuPage and Kane Counties) moved to Phase 4. Downers Grove Park District remains committed to following the state guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We ask the community to help in this effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following state guidelines and CDC recommendations to watch your distance, wear a mask and wash your hands.
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