COVID-19

Elmhurst Park District to remove mask mandate following Governor’s orders

Effective Monday, February 28, the Governor has ordered that the State’s indoor mask mandate be partially lifted based on declining COVID metrics. Barring any last minute changes, the Elmhurst Park District will follow suit as it has done throughout the pandemic by removing the indoor mask mandate in District facilities and programs for both participants and staff. Please note that Rec Station will continue to follow the guidelines as set by Elmhurst School District 205.

Indoor mask mandates lifting February 28

Governor Pritzker announced plans Wednesday to partially lift Illinois' indoor mask mandate by February 28 assuming state COVID metrics continue to decline.

The Elmhurst Park District will follow suit as it has done throughout the pandemic by removing the indoor mask mandate in District facilities and programs for both participants and staff. Please note that Rec Station will continue to follow the guidelines as set by Elmhurst School District 205.

COVID-19 Protocols

The recent ruling on the Austin v. Pritzker case resulted in a temporary restraining order (TRO) halting the Governor from enforcing the Executive Order on mask-wearing and close-contact quarantines within Illinois schools.

Mask guidance update

In accordance with updated CDC guidelines, it is recommended that all participants wear a mask in Park District facilities effective July 30, 2021. Masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals. The new guidance recommends masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, and currently DuPage County is listed as “Substantial”. All Park District staff will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Elmhurst Park District to start transitioning to normal operations in Phase 5

It’s been 455 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic. During that time, the Elmhurst Park District, along with so many other businesses, has navigated unchartered territory. But during the last 15 months, the District made the conscious effort to hold true to its mission of enriching lives while having fun.

Phase 5 changes for facility and programming

The State remains on track to move to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 11, and the Elmhurst Park District is excited to begin transitioning back to pre-pandemic operations. While most areas of the District will no longer have capacity limits, it’s important to note that many offerings involve children 12 or under who are unable to be vaccinated and therefore masks and social distancing will still be required in those situations. Please see below for a list of program and facility-related updates as it relates to Phase 5.

Elmhurst Park District announces new mask guidance following Governor’s Executive Order

From the onset of the pandemic, the Park District has regularly adjusted operations based on the latest guidance provided by governing agencies. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Illinois have recently relaxed guidance on face coverings as more residents have become vaccinated.

Governor announces move to Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14

Late last week, the Governor announced that our State will move to the Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14 and if things continue trending in a positive way, we will progress through to Phase 5 as early as June 11. The Board and staff are highly encouraged by this news and will continue to adjust operations, as we have throughout the pandemic. Please note that face coverings and social distancing are still required at all times, and safety of staff and guests remains our top priority.

Elmhurst Park District’s spring registration shows sure signs of readiness to return to programs

For the past two months, staff at the Elmhurst Park District has been planning for the expansion of programming in spring and summer. The District’s virtual brochure went live on February 19 and resident registration for programs took place this past Saturday. In what was reminiscent of pre-COVID days, within minutes of the 8:00 a.m. registration, many classes were full with wait lists.

Region 8 moves to Tier 2

It was announced today that Region 8, which includes the Elmhurst Park District, can move to Tier 2 effective immediately. As a result, the Wilder Park Conservatory will reopen tomorrow, and participants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their program. More specific details will be made available tomorrow.

Tier 3 mitigations remain in place in Region 8

At today’s press conference, Governor Pritzker announced an update to the current resurgence mitigation. While a number of regions have met all metrics and will move back to Tier 2 immediately, Region 8 (including Elmhurst) will remain in Tier 3. Our region was poised to move forward until Thursday, when the hospital bed availability dropped from 23.2% to 19.3%. That means the region will need to get back above 20% and stay there for three straight days in order to move forward.

Tier 3 mitigations extended until January 15

Governor Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigations will go through Friday, January 15 if mitigation criteria are met. As a result, programs scheduled to begin in person from Jan 4-17 are still delayed or are being held virtually. Once a start date has been determined, participants will be refunded/credited for any delayed classes or cancelled programs. Participants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their program.

Region 8 moves to Tier 2 of resurgence mitigation

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase throughout the State of Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced today that DuPage County (Region 8) will move to Tier 2 of the resurgence mitigation beginning Wednesday, November 11. Program participants, facility renters, and fitness members will see a number of changes to Park District offerings due to these new measures.

Elmhurst Park District to receive CARES Act funds to help with pandemic’s financial impact

Two recent decisions by the Board of Park Commissioners will assist in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 related expenses on the District.

At the September 14 meeting, the Park Board approved entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with DuPage County to have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses.

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