As of February 28, Governor Pritzker lifted the state’s face mask mandate based on the continued decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and the increase in available ICU beds across Illinois.
While the Park District of Highland Park strongly encourages everyone to make a conscious decision regarding their health and safety, we are following these new guidelines as we have done throughout the pandemic and have moved to a “mask optional” position in Park District facilities and programs for both participants and staff. Additionally, the Park District is following the North Shore School District 112 mask-optional position for all our youth programming, including pre-school-aged programs.
We understand that some individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask, and we ask that everyone be respectful of one another’s decisions. Bullying or harassment regarding masking/non-masking will not be tolerated. As a reminder, even though we are transitioning to a new mask optional position, the Park District will continue taking measures to keep our facilities, staff, and participants as safe as possible.
Remember, to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19, consistently follow the Lake County Health Department guidelines:
If you have any COVID-19 questions, call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to consider signing up for updates from the Lake County Health Department. For more information on how to protect yourself and others, click here.
As the local, state, and national landscapes continue to evolve, the Park District will remain vigilant and continue to keep you informed.