As COVID-19 positivity rates continue to soar and Illinois moves into “Tier 3” mitigation to help stop the spread of the virus, one place where those changes will be most visible is at the Glenview Park District.
The new Tier 3 guidance includes existing limits on gatherings such as indoor dining, recommends working from home, and imposes new limits on public gatherings to 10 people inside — even limiting household gatherings only to household family members. The new guidance even orders casinos and video gaming stations closed.
In the area of recreation, sports and fitness activities, Tier 3 mitigation calls for a “pause for all indoor group sporting and recreational activities” but allows for individual training with a reservation. Outdoor sports and recreation is allowed in participant groups of 10 or less. The guidance says to close locker rooms and patrons must wear face coverings for all activities at all times.
“We recognize our services, facilities and parks are so important to the mental and physical wellbeing of our entire community. It’s always our goal to offer as many services as we can while following the health and safety guidance issued by the state,” Glenview Park District Executive Director Mike McCarty said Thursday. “Our parks and park amenities remain open and we encourage people to use our parks, trails and enjoy our natural areas with proper distancing and wearing face coverings. Our staff members are all working hard to transition our services to provide more private lessons, personal training, outdoor activities, and virtual activities.”
Indoor facilities including the Heritage Center at Wagner Farm, Interpretive Center and other buildings at The Grove and the Evelyn Tyner Interpretive Center on the Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie are being closed, although the grounds outside at those sites remain open. All private gym and facility rentals are also suspended.
Glenview Park District officials said all indoor group recreational programs would be either moved outside or placed on hold, including senior programming. Outdoor programs that do continue would be limited to no more than 10 people. In all cases, with the exception of limited swimming at the Park Center’s Splash Landings, face coverings must be worn at all times, even when exercising. This policy was changed last week.
Outdoor facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, the dog park and playgrounds remain open. Although outdoor restrooms will remain open at Gallery, Flick, Roosevelt, and Johns parks, all other outdoor restrooms are closing.
The park district will continue with some offerings indoors. Session 2 of Camp Rec, an indoor alternative study program for small “pods” of students, will continue. The program is adhering to the Cook County Travel Advisory mandating children who have traveled quarantine for 14 days before returning to their pods.
Camp Rec Session 3 begins Monday, Nov. 30. When that session begins, pod sizes will be reduced from 15 to no more than 10 children.
“Measures to create further distance between desks are being explored,” park district officials said. “Some participants will be assigned new locations due to these changes.”
Preschool classes continue with the same restrictions as Camp Rec.
Park Center Health and Fitness, the Splash Landings pool, indoor running track, tennis club and the Community Ice Center will remain open, with restrictions and required reservations. All locker rooms are closed. Indoor fitness and aqua fitness classes are suspended, but personal training sessions remain available.
Capacity at the fitness center is limited to 25% of capacity per time block (50 people).
Although aqua classes and public swim periods at the pool are closed, lap swimming and warm water therapy remain available with reservations.
Those going to the pool may use family changing rooms to put on swimwear one at a time and would need to bring their belongings with them to the pool deck.
Singles play and private lessons are available at the tennis club with reservations.
At the ice center, private lessons and training will be available for figure skating, hockey, dryland fitness training, Rapid Hands, and Rapid Shot training.
Golf and other outdoor activities remain available at the Glenview Park Golf Club and Glenview Prairie Club through the end of the season, with masks required, food and beverage service, but no indoor dining.
“The health metrics for the COVID-19 pandemic continue to head in the wrong direction. Based on the advice from federal and state health officials I’m urging Glenview residents to act in ways to keep themselves, their families, and our community safe as cases continue to rise in Illinois,” Glenview Village President Jim Patterson said in a video message to residents this week.
Glenview schools have gone into an “adaptive pause,” most until January because of rising COVID-19 infection rates.
Patterson said the Illinois Dept. of Public Health is urging people to stay home as much as possible, but they can still go to work or shopping as needed. He commended the efforts of restaurants to continue serving patrons safely and encouraged residents to patronize them as much as possible.
“Understand, health officials recommend limiting travel, no matter the distance,” Patterson said. “This is the greatest challenge our community faced in this generation, but I’m confident we will weather this storm. We are a community that cares for one another and we work together to be better together.”