The Park District of Forest Park has made changes to their services in response to the state of Illinois being moved into Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation efforts. | File photo

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In response to Governor J. B. Pritzker’s release of Tier 3 COVID-19 resurgence mitigations, which went into effect on Nov. 20, the Park District of Forest Park announced changes to activities and services.

“As we have maintained throughout this whole pandemic, the health, safety, and wellness of our residents and staff is our number one priority,” said the park district in an announcement last week. “We will continue to navigate the recommendations and guidelines to the best of our abilities and follow the protocols set forth to ensure we can offer our limited services safely.”

As follows are some of the changes to park district services:

Administrative building

Office hours still run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but residents are asked to call ahead at 708-366-7500 and make an appointment rather than dropping by. Efforts will be made to provide as much help over the phone as possible to avoid person-to-person contact.

Recreational programming

All recreational group programs, including dance classes, youth activities, and indoor athletics are suspended until at least Dec. 31.

D91 childcare and after-school program

Daytime supervision of D91 children and the After School Recess program will continue, and park staff are ensuring that all health and safety measures are being met.

“Staff worked diligently to ensure that we can continue to provide a safe environment for children to learn,” the park district said in their announcement.

Park and playgrounds

The park and playgrounds will stay open, as will outdoor courts, weather permitting.

Roos Recreation Center

The Roos Recreation Center is open only to members for now; drop in and day passes are not being issued.

A capacity limit of 10 members in the fitness room will be in effect during Tier 3 mitigation, and reservations are required to work out. Walk-up reservations can be made, but if the facility is at capacity, people will be turned away. Members can call ahead at 708-866-7667 to reserve a spot.

Without exception, masks must be worn upon entry to the Roos Recreation Center and remain on during the entire visit. Sanitizing wipes are provided at multiple stations throughout the facility, and machines have been moved to increase spacing for proper social distancing.

Basketball reservations and use of the court are temporarily suspended.

Bathrooms are available, but the locker room area is taped off and unavailable.

A full list of Roos Center Tier 3 rules can be found at bit.ly/RoosTier3Update.