1/5/22: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

 
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January 5, 2022 Update: New Vaccination Policy

The Skokie Park District has adopted this policy to comply with all state and local mandates regarding COVID-19 vaccination. The policy is based upon guidance provided by the Skokie Health Department and the Cook County Department of Public Health.

As of January 10, 2022, certain Skokie Park District facilities, programs, and events are subject to the mandate which requires proof of vaccination to enter or participate. The information below does not list all specific park district programs.

If you have a question about a specific program, please email info@skokieparks.org. If proof of vaccination is required, you should also receive communication prior to the start of the program.

Exemptions

  • Any individual 18 years of age or younger participating in youth athletics or recreation, (unless such athletic event or recreational activity takes place in an establishment where food or drink is served for consumption throughout the establishment).
  • Adults participating in programs that are not exercise, fitness, or athletic related.
  • Schools, preschools, and child-care centers.
  • Youth and/or adults participating in special recreation programs.
  • Spectators/audience members of indoor events provided that no food and/or drink is being served.
  • Individuals entering a Skokie Park District facility for less than 10 minutes for pick-up and/or drop off, registration, and/or using restroom facilities.
  • Individuals who have previously received a medical exemption, as long as proof of the medical exemption and a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 24 hours prior to entering a business covered by the Order are provided to the business upon entry.

Required

Anyone age 19 and older participating in Skokie Park District activities including:

  • Fitness First members
  • Weber track and table tennis
  • Group exercise classes
  • Personal Training
  • Open gym – basketball, volleyball and pickleball
  • Dance classes
  • Boxing and kickboxing classes
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Athletic leagues and programs including, but not limited to hockey, ice skating, basketball, tennis, pickleball, rowing, and martial arts

Anyone age 5 and older participating in:

  • Indoor events, programs, or rentals if food and drink are served
  • Performances or trips if food and drink are served
  • Spectators/audience members of indoor events if food and/or drink is served

Acceptable Proof of Vaccination status includes:  

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
  • An official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered
  • An app that provides a digital record of vaccinations
  • A legible digital or physical photo of such a card or record that includes the individual's name, the vaccine brand administered, and the date the vaccination was administered.

Anyone required to show proof of vaccination must also show identification (including but not limited to driver's license/ passport, government ID/ work or school ID) with information that corresponds to proof of vaccination. Anyone ages 15 and younger do not need to show identification.

All patrons and participants are encouraged to be fully vaccinated. Patrons and participants are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. For example, this includes two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, or two weeks after the second dose of any combination of two doses of different COVID-19 vaccines as part of one primary vaccination series.

Positive Test Result

For all vaccinated and unvaccinated participants: If you or anyone in your household tests positive and you attended a class, program and/or visited a facility please contact a Skokie Park District representative. Please note that in accordance with applicable privacy laws, we do not share the name of the participant, but will follow safety protocols for exposure with remaining participants and/or members.

Duration of Order

This Order shall remain in effect until the Director of the Skokie Health and Human Services department makes a written determination that the threat to public safety has diminished to the point where this Order can be safely repealed or amended.

Thank you

Thank you for your patience and assistance with this mandate. We recognize that the stress level is high for everyone so our hope is that we can all be kind and supportive of each other.

We also want to thank all of you who are taking every precaution to protect yourselves and those around you.  We have never been more dependent on each other, and we are confident that our collective efforts will help us get through this.

Mask Requirements

  • Masks are required indoors (and on district buses) regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are not required outdoors, but should be worn when social distancing is not possible. 

Not Vaccinated?

Skokie residents 5 and older, and employees at Skokie businesses are invited to sign up to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination from the Village of Skokie.

Skokie Park District Guidance

Throughout the pandemic, the district has continuously evaluated, adjusted, and implemented programs and operations with each new phase based on the latest mitigation guidelines and guidance provided by our regulatory agencies with one goal in mind: to keep our community safe while providing as many recreational opportunities as allowable.

Thank YOU for your continued patience and support as we navigate this pandemic together.

While many of the district's operations have returned to “normal” under Phase 5, the CDC, the State of Illinois, Cook County and the Skokie Health Department, as well as other federal and state agencies still have guidelines in place, specifically the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the American Camp Association (ACA), and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

 
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