The pool at the Park District of Forest Park opened at the end of May, and COVID-19 regulations have loosened as Illinois entered Phase 5. | Alex Rogals, Staff Photographer

With Illinois moving into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, COVID-19 restrictions are more relaxed throughout the state. The Park District of Forest Park has announced that as a result, many restrictions at the aquatic center, the park’s administration building, and Roos Recreation Center have been lifted.

For starters, vaccinated individuals don’t have to wear a mask inside the administration building at 7501 Harrison St. or inside other park district facilities. Unvaccinated people should continue to wear a mask indoors.

At the pool, normal operations will resume, which means that the staggered two-hour open swim blocks are no longer being implemented. Daily open swim now runs from noon to 5 p.m. and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Adult swim is from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Pool capacity has increased to 1,000 people.

Masks are not required anywhere at the pool for vaccinated individuals; unvaccinated people should wear a face covering when in the locker room.

Similar guidelines apply at the Roos Recreation Center, 7329 Harrison St., where masks are no longer required for vaccinated members. Unvaccinated members are asked to continue wearing masks.

The locker rooms at the Roos are now fully reopened, including showers, and lockers are once more available.

“This move into Phase 5 leaves us extremely hopeful for what’s to come,” wrote the Park District in a communication to residents and facility users. “While we’re certainly not out of the woods yet, we’re as close as we’ve been in a year and a half … We may have just entered Phase 5, but we’re ready for the next phase … Phase Fun this summer of 2021!”

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