Gov. Pritzker’s order results in local park district closures

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Due to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s ‘stay-at-home’ order issued for Illinois, the Macomb Park District is taking action to keep the public safe during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Park district officials announced all playgrounds, fitness areas and athletic fields are closed until further notice.

While Macomb parks remain open until Pritzker’s order, the park district encourages visitors to follow the recommendations below by the National Recreation and Park Association:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Be prepared for no access to public restrooms or water fountains
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor
    picnicking, pick-up sports and other hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all
    times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

“Our local parks have served as places of respite, where people can seek peace and restoration,” Macomb Park District Executive Director Rachel Lenz said. “Macomb Park District staff are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our community during these challenging times. Please help us by doing your part in using them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.”

Last week, the Macomb Park District suspended all programs and events until further notice.

Gov. Pritzker’s ‘stay-at-home’ order ends April 7.