Skokie Park District Phase 5 COVID-19 Guidelines

All indoor and outdoor facilities return to 100% occupancy!

Effective August 23, 2021

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The CDC recently announced new guidelines regarding masks.

“All individuals, including fully vaccinated individuals, should wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.” 

The Skokie Park District is following all CDC recommendations. Currently, Cook County is at a substantial transmission rate, meaning that masks are now recommended at all indoor facilities whether persons are vaccinated or not.

Current indoor and outdoor 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. For your reference, Phase 5 guidelines from the State are as follows:

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While many of the district's operations return to “normal” under Phase 5, some 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). Please review our Phase 5 operational plan below.

Staff and participants who are VACCINATED

  • Masks are not required outdoors, but should be worn when social distancing is not possible when interacting with children ages 0-11.
  • Masks are required indoors.

Staff and participants who are NOT VACCINATED

  • Masks are not required outdoors if social distancing is consistently attainable. Masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
  • Masks are required indoors and on buses.

Programs and Facilities that Still Require Masks

The state indicates that individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to follow separate guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Family Services (DCFS), and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Masks are required at the facilities and in the programs listed below.

  • Recreation programs with unvaccinated children
  • The Exploritorium
  • Growing Sprouts Preschool
  • Tot Learning Center
  • Devonshire Preschool
  • Bus Transportation

Not Vaccinated?

Skokie residents 12 and older, and employees at Skokie businesses are invited to sign up to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination from the Village of Skokie https://www.skokie.org/1017/COVID-19.

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