Chicago Park District’s COVID-19 Response Plan


Chicago Park District Mask Policy

Effective February 28, 2022, face coverings will not be required for Park District patrons, with limited exceptions detailed below. 
While face coverings are not required in most settings, we strongly recommend that individuals continue to wear face coverings if they are unvaccinated or immunocompromised, or if they are interacting with people that are unvaccinated, including children under the age of five. 
Masks will still be required during all transportation on buses or other vehicles. 
*  Please also note that parks located in Chicago Public School (CPS) buildings must follow CPS mask policy which currently requires masks in all indoor settings.  
Many patrons and employees may choose to continue to wear a mask – please be kind to anyone that makes this choice. We fully support and encourage any patron or employee that makes the decision to continue wearing a mask.



Vaccine Requirement at the Chicago Park District

Effective February 28, 2022, the vaccine requirement for park patrons will be lifted and patrons will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to use indoor park facilities. 



COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The Chicago Park District in-person programming will continue to be operated in accordance with applicable guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Self-Screening Checklist
Staff and participants are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if they feel sick. Prior to entering the facility all staff, patrons and participants should Self-Screen (parents are responsible for self-screening child(ren) by asking themselves the following questions each day: 

  • Have you had a body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or have you used a fever reducer in the previous 24 hours to treat a body temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition? 
  • Do you have new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition? 
  • Have you recently developed a complete loss of smell or taste? 

Procedures Followed When a Positive Case is Identified in a Program
When a patron within a Park Program tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately notify the Park Supervisor of the park where the patron is enrolled.  The patron will need to isolate and will not be able to participate in Park Programs or use indoor Park facilities for five days since the day of the positive test or the day that symptoms began. If the patron has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing mediation and their symptoms are resolving by Day 5, the patron may return to park programs on Day 6 with the following precautions in place:

  • From Days 6 - 10, patrons must wear a tightly fitted mask at all times, including while outdoors, except when eating or drinking.
  • When masks must be removed for eating and drinking, these patrons must maintain six feet of social distance from others wherever possible. 
  • Patrons who are unable to wear a tightly fitted mask at all times must stay home for the full 10 days even if they are symptom free.  This situation includes some sports programming where masks are not able to be worn at all times including swimming, wrestling, boxing and some gymnastics programming. This also applies to patrons who have a medical exemption and are unable to wear a face mask.

When an employee or patron within a Park Program tests positive for COVID-19, the program may be suspended for five days and close contacts of the employee or patron will be quarantined from all park programs for five days. Notification will be sent to all patrons and/or parents of patrons notifying them of the five-day suspension and quarantine, including the date the program will resume. 



Chicago Park District Employee Vaccination Policy  

The health and welfare of Chicago Park District employees and patrons continues to be our top priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why the Chicago Park District has instituted a policy that all Chicago Park District employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.

To learn more, read the policy:  Chicago Park District Employee Vaccination Policy