March 25, 2020
In addition to the playgrounds that were already closed, per the governor's March 20 executive order, the decision was made to also close the Happy Tails Dog Park, the skate park, the inline rink, and all sports courts. This includes all tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, and volleyball courts. These closures will remain in effect at least through April 7, and possibly beyond if the order is extended by the governor.
In the meantime, the parks and paths are open for people to walk, jog, bike, and walk their dogs. Please remember to practice social distancing; and, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation by staying off of playgrounds, and other outdoor areas that are closed.
March 23, 2020
The decision was made to cancel the Night Owl Egg Hunt on April 6, the Arts and Crafts Fair on April 11, the Bunny Bash on April 11, and the Senior Expo on April 28. Even if the Governor's stay at home executive order is lifted on April 7, bringing large groups of people together that soon will not be advised.
March 20, 2020
With today's update from Governor Pritzker, issuing a new executive order requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm through April 7, we are closing all playgrounds. The order specifically states that individuals may leave their residence to engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, running or biking, and may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas if they comply with the Social Distancing Requirements defined in the order; but, playgrounds must be closed. We appreciate the community's voluntary compliance with this mandate from the Governor, so that we all can do our part in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
March 18, 2020
With all programs being cancelled, and all facilities being closed, there has been some question as to whether the parks are open to the public. The parks are still open; however, everyone should remain at a distance from other people, and we advise against touching anything, including (but not limited to) playground and exercise equipment, picnic tables, doors, gates, or any other surfaces.
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March 16, 2020
With today’s change in the CDC’s recommendations regarding mass gatherings - to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States - the Buffalo Grove Park District has decided to now close all facilities effective Tuesday, March 17. The Fitness Center and Golf Dome will remain open through the end of Monday’s regularly scheduled hours, but will not reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17.
We are planning on being shut down at least through Sunday, March 29; however, that could be extended longer. As those decisions are made, we will publicize those updates through our normal communication channels.
For those who are registered in programs, or have a membership at the Fitness Center, you do not need to do anything. You will not have to pay for any missed or canceled programs, or days in which the Fitness Center is not available. Refunds or account credits will unilaterally be issued by the Park District; however, because this a manual process that is being conducted on a huge scale, please allow at least 30 days for these to be processed to all necessary accounts.
Continue to follow CDC recommendations
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Additional cleanings and sanitizing must continue.
- Cancel non-essential meetings.
- Practice social distancing.
- Limit personal interactions as much as possible.
Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of participants and staff, supported by the latest recommendations and directives from public health officials. We will continue to monitor this situation, and keep our staff and participants informed of any new information as it develops.
Thank you for your cooperation.
March 11, 2020
The speed with which the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread, and the uncertainty that still surrounds it, has made for an unprecedented situation. While there are no confirmed cases among our staff or participants that have been in our buildings, the rapid spread of the disease makes it likely that we will be impacted at some point. In light of this reality, we want to share with you some of the issues our administrative team has been discussing.
Who informs our decision making?
We will continue to look to the experts in this area for guidance in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. This includes local, state and federal health departments.
What if someone has COVID-19?
If we become aware that a participant or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify the Lake and Cook County Health Departments, our staff and participants. We also will share if and/or how the classes, programs and facilities may be impacted. Notifications for participants, parents and staff will occur in the same way that we would announce other emergency closures, using a combination of phone calls, emails and website/social media announcements.
Canceling Programs, Events or Facilities
Our first and most important responsibility is to safeguard the health and well-being of our participants and staff. To that end, we will follow the guidance and direct recommendations from County Health Departments and the Center for Disease Control when considering any cancellations or closures. At this time, our public health officials have not recommended nor directed us to cancel or reschedule programs or events, or to close facilities.
The administrative team has had conversations on how we will react if or when the virus touches our community. While we have tried our best to be proactive - including an even greater intensity to daily and nightly cleaning of our buildings - there may be situations and circumstances that make for difficult decisions. Once again, in those cases, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of participants and staff, supported by the latest recommendations and directives from public health officials. In the meantime, we would like to remind you of these basic steps that everyone should be taking to minimize the spread of this and any respiratory illness:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We will continue to monitor this situation, and keep our staff and participants informed of any new information as it develops. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.