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Updated Cook County Mandate Information

December 27, 2021 - January 31, 2022

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The Des Plaines Park District takes the health and safety of its employees and patrons very seriously and will continue to ensure we navigate through COVID-19 successfully.  The Des Plaines Park District has kept many of its facilities and programs running throughout these difficult times, including the successful opening the Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center. Our staff have been top notch in making sure there is an outlet for wellness, indoors and outdoors for the residents of Des Plaines for the past 21+ months.  This recent mandate by Cook County is a challenging for staff at all levels and each are doing their best to make sure our residents are safe within our programs and facilities. We look to respect the views of those that are vaccinated and not vaccinated and find ways to provide opportunities for all. This of course is not easy but our staff continues to be innovative and flexible when new guidelines or mandates are released by the State of Illinois. The hope for the future is both the State and County provide us with guidelines that allow us to provide our services to each residents no matter their vaccination status.  We thank all the Des Plaines Residents for supporting their Park District.


In accordance with the Cook County Mandate, the Des Plaines Park District will require all persons 18 years and older to check in at the front desks of Prairie Lakes Community Center, Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center and Administrative & Leisure Center for use of fitness centers, fitness classes or facility rentals. We will ask for proof of vaccination. Staff will view your Vaccination Card or Electronic PDF.  At the Golf Center, anyone using Club Casa Café and Dream Golf Pro Shop will be asked to provide proof of vaccination.


Unvaccinated Participants
The Des Plaines Park District will require all unvaccinated persons 18 years and older to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test every 7 days or a medical note exempting you from vaccination when checking in at the front desks of Prairie Lakes Community Center, Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center and Administrative & Leisure Center for use of fitness centers, fitness classes or facility rentals.


Under the Age of 18

Referencing Cook County Mitigation Order 2021-11, individuals under the age of 18 are exempt from the Cook County Mandate. Please see their Media Statement below.


Positive Test Result

For all vaccinated and unvaccinated participants if you or anyone in your household tests positive and you attend a class, program or league please contact your instructor. Please note that in accordance with applicable privacy laws, we do not share the name of the participant, but will follow safety protocols for exposure with remaining participants.


Reminder masks are required to be worn properly in our facilities at all times unless you are exempt for medical reasons. For more information, please contact 847-391-5083 or send us an email at


Dec. 31, 2021

Today Cook County Department of Public Health* is clarifying Mitigation Order 2021-11 to specify what will be allowed in youth athletics. CCDPH is acting in alignment with the Chicago Department of Public Health to have a consistent policy across Cook County and in response to requests for clarification related to youth athletics and recreation. CCDPH will continue to evaluate emerging science along with the impact of its orders and guidance and make necessary adjustments as needed.

 The clarifying language states that the following are exempt from the order:

 • An individual 18 years of age or younger who enters a business subject to this Order to participate in an activity sponsored by a school, park district, child care or after-school program, or other organizations as defined in guidance by the Cook County Department of Public Health

• Youth or adults participating in special recreation programs

• Spectators of indoor sporting events provided that no food or drink is being served and that they remain masked at all times

 Masking requirements are still in place in these facilities. Other fitness facilities in these buildings, such as fitness centers for individual workouts or group classes for adults are still covered under the masking and vaccination orders. 

 An updated order and guidance will be issued and effective Monday, January 3, 2022.

 *CCDPH’s jurisdiction includes suburban Cook County, minus Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and Stickney Township.

 Dr. Rachel Rubin
Dr. Kiran Joshi
Co-Leads and Senior Medical Officers

Cook County Department of Public Health




December 27, 2021


January 31

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711