Face Covering Guidelines

Per current State of Illinois guidelines, face coverings are required to be worn during indoor classes. Face coverings may be required for outdoor classes depending on social distancing. The rule is in place for children age 2 and up. Face coverings are required when entering Park District facilities. Exceptions to this rule include people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering.

Below are answers to questions about face covering use for individuals enrolled in our indoor programs, outdoor sports classes, adult group fitness classes, and more. Please check back frequently for updates. Please note that programs may have specific guidelines or procedures in addition to what is listed in this FAQ.

Do adults need a face covering to pick up/drop off my child from a class or a program? 

Yes. Parents need to wear a face covering when walking up to any group of participants, or anytime they enter one of our facilities.

Do children need to have a face covering on when being dropped off and picked up?

Yes, children should have face coverings at pick-up and drop offs locations.

Will instructors wear face coverings?

Instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times during indoor classes. For outdoor classes, they must wear face coverings whenever a 6’ social distance cannot be maintained. There are exceptions for group fitness classes at the Madison Meadow Athletic Center based on current State of Illinois guidelines.

What if a child forgets their face covering?

The Park District will have extra disposable face coverings on hand, but we do request you make it a priority to check prior to coming to the Park District.

Does my child have to wear a face covering if s/he is enrolled in an outdoor sports class or program?

Participants should bring a face covering to programs, although there may be times that it is not required. Participants should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at pick-up, drop-off, during breaks from playing, and whenever they are not exercising or unable to maintain social distancing.

Specific activities may have additional guidelines; please contact us at 630.620.7322 with questions and we can direct you to the appropriate Program Manager. Please see DCEO Athletic Guidelines here for additional information.

My child is in the School of Rec program. Do they need a face covering? Do they have to wear it all day?

Children age 2 and up are required to wear a face covering while indoors and when they are outdoors and unable to maintain proper social distancing from one another.

How will the Park District handle children enrolled in programs who refuse to wear a face covering or keep removing it? 

Participants will be reminded of the rules in place. Staff will speak with a parent and outline next steps if this continues.

Do children need to maintain social distancing when wearing a face covering?

Our goal is to keep children at an appropriate social distance from one another as much as possible even while wearing a face covering.

What about when my child eats or drinks inside?

Face coverings may be removed to eat and drink from water bottles. Children will remain socially distanced from one another while eating and drinking.

Does the Park District recommend a certain type of face covering?

Cloth or disposable masks are both acceptable. They should properly sized and cover both the child’s nose and mouth.

My child is in preschool, do children that age need a face covering?

Yes, the State of Illinois guidelines require a face covering for those children 2 and up.

Do I need a face covering to get into the Madison Meadow Athletic Center? What about when I’m exercising or taking a group fitness class?

Face coverings are required to be worn when entering the Madison Meadow Athletic Center and moving throughout the facility. However, face coverings may be removed during exercise, please remember that when you are moving between equipment or walking throughout the facility face coverings need to be in place. Our group fitness classes are designed to establish appropriate social distance from one another so while participating in these classes face coverings do not need to be worn. Please see DCEO Fitness Guidelines here for additional information.

Are there exceptions to the face covering policy?

Yes, children under age 2 and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering do not have to wear face coverings.

Please contact us with any additional questions.

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