All park district facilities and offices are closed, and all programs & events are cancelled through April 30.
Information about COVID-19 and the coronavirus changes frequently.
We update our COVID-19 website daily, but the park district should not be your primary source of current information.
MARCH 20 STAY AT HOME ORDER
These sections of the Stay at Home Order address our Frequently Answered Questions:
What about my pet?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.
Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?
DES PLAINES UPDATE: Because groups have not been social distancing in our Des Plaines parks (staying 6 feet away from other people), we have instituted more measures to keep people safe. The most effective way to control the spread of COVID-19 is the Stay at Home. When you are out in any park, please follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC and our state health department.
What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?
Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.
Can I leave home to exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.
You might find these websites helpful:
State of Illinois COVID-19 — March 20 Stay at Home Order FAQ website
World Health Organization (WHO) website
Center for Disease Control (CDC) website
City of Chicago website
Cook County Public Health website
DuPage County Public Health website
City of Des Plaines Emergency Declaration
City of Des Plaines Updates