Illinois mask mandate begins Monday, August 30
On August 26, 2021, Governor Pritzker has placed the entire state of Illinois under a mandatory mask mandate. This mandate requires ALL Illinois Residents over the age of 2 are Required to Wear Masks Indoors, Regardless of Vaccination Status beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, for the indefinite future.
Return to In-Person Program Guidelines
The Channahon Park District will be following the CDC’s COVID-19 Scenarios for Returning to In-Person School Guidelines for all of it’s programs, events and facilities. Click here for the Symptom Screening Flowchart.
Return to in-person program guidelines are set forth for returning to any Channahon Park District program, event, or facility in reference to COVID-19. Information is subject to change, and not to be taken as legal or medical advice. All testing to be done is elective and paid for at the cost of the participant.
The Channahon Park District (District) is dedicated to providing a safe environment for our employees, patrons, volunteers, trainers, independent contractors and vendors (individual). Therefore, the District is implementing and administering the procedures and protocols set forth as a top priority to mitigate the spread of the COVID-virus. These procedures and protocols are established from information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
These protocols are subject to change as more information becomes available. Further, participants and patrons should understand that the guidelines below are prepared as an outline highlighting key changes where participants/patrons will have an active role rather that a comprehensive overview of each and every step the District is taking to limit the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19.
How COVID-19 Spreads
While much is unknown about COVID-19, including how it spreads, public health agencies and epidemiologists generally agree that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and can land in the mouths or noses of people who are generally within 6 feet of one another. The droplets that remain in the air can also be inhaled into the lungs of a person walking by. Another way COVID-19 can be spread is by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
Definition of “Close Contact”
The Centers for Disease Control defines “close contact” as when any individual who is within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms can consist of a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, fatigue, headache, congestions, runny nose, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The list does not include all possible symptoms.
Individuals are encouraged to seek a COVID-19 test at a state or local government testing center, healthcare center, or other testing location. If an individual is showing any of these emergency signs, contact 911 immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, any other symptoms whether COVID-19 related or not that appear to be a medical emergency.
Wellness Self-Check (Applies to All Park District Activities and Facilities)
Individuals should perform a self-check for symptoms of the virus prior to arriving and/or bringing their child to a District event or program. We advise that participants’ temperatures are taken at home just prior to arriving to the program or facility.
Wellness Self-Check Questions:
- Are you or anyone in your household experiencing the following: fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, muscle or body aches, fatigue, headaches (not related to caffeine, diet, hunger, migraines, or tension), new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea?
- In the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19?
- Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
If the answer is “YES” to any of the above questions: You should not attend the program/facility and should notify the Channahon Park District as soon as possible at 815-467-7275.
Notification of Exposure (Applies to all participants in Park District Activities and Facilities)
To be able to protect everyone, we ask that individuals immediately contact the District to report any of the following conditions during the past 14 days:
- When the individual has been in close contact to someone with COVID-19 during the past 14 days,
- When the individual has symptoms of COVID-19,
- When the individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19, whether through a positive test or symptom- based diagnosis.
In the event of an individual being diagnosed with COVID-19, parents/guardians/participants who had close contact with the individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be notified and be required to refrain from programming for a 14-day self-quarantine period from the date of last contact with the positive case.
Health Hygiene and Infection Control Prevention Practices
All participants, employees, volunteers, visitors, contractors, and patrons will:
- Wash their hands with soap and water frequently for the recommended 20 seconds. This includes after touching items and surfaces, after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, before eating or food preparation, after putting on or removing mask or face covering, before and after using shared items.
- Wear masks or face coverings over their nose and mouth when entering the premises and when in the presence others. This includes common areas such as hallways, stairways, restrooms, classrooms/programming space, waiting areas, bleachers. Modifications can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering so long as the modification does not create a direct threat of safety for others. Brief exception for participants wearing masks or face coverings are made when eating, playing a wind instrument, or when outside. During these periods, participants will be required to adhere to social distancing.
- Maintain a distance of 6-feet apart from other individuals. However, personal trainers must maintain 10 ft. distance while training clients.
- Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow when coughing or sneezing. Trash containers are located throughout the facility. Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use hand sanitizer regularly.
In addition, the District will:
- Engage in daily cleaning and sanitizing of high touch areas and surfaces at the facility, and deep cleaning and sanitizing when necessary.
- Limit the number of people allowed to gather in rooms and communal areas at a time.
- Use signs, tape marks, or other visual cues on the floor, placed 6 feet apart, to indicate where to stand for people in common areas and entrances.
- Install barriers for employees that interact with the public and work areas with close workstations.
- Post signage to encourage proper hygiene practices.
- Take other safety measures as needed to enforce its COVID-19 related policies and procedures.
If an individual exhibit any of these symptoms while attending a program/facility, the individual will be directed to wait in an isolated outdoor area. If inclement weather makes this unsafe, the individual will be directed to an isolated area inside and away from others. At all times, the minor individual will be supervised. The parent/guardian will be called and must pick-up their child within thirty (30) minutes of notification. The parent/guardian should wait at the designated pick-up area. Transportation will not be provided for participants.