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COVID-19 Regulations

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We are Open!

The Forest Preserves is following the guidance provided by our public health experts to protect our employees and our visitors.

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is acting in alignment with the Chicago Department of Public Health with regards to COVID-19 and has released Mitigation Order 2021-11 to have a consistent policy across Cook County.

Following this mitigation, effective 1/3/2022, all patrons over 16 years of age will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 along with a valid ID at all permitted indoor events serving food and beverages in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Children ages 5-15 will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are still required to be worn indoors by all guests regardless of vaccination status.

Please note the following guidelines:

  • All Permit holders that wish to continue to host their event in January must provide a point person to check IDs against vaccination cards at the entrance of their event.  Our staff will monitor the checking of IDs by your designated point person.  Any attendee who cannot provide a valid ID with matching vaccination card should be denied entry.  Any permit holder who does not ensure this is upheld is subject to losing their $200 security deposit, their event being shut down, and a possible citation from the Forest Preserve Police.
  • Indoor rentals that do not include food/beverages do not have to require proof of vaccination from their attendees; however, masks must be worn the duration of the rental (Ex: Meetings/Church services).
  • Any individuals entering the facility for less than 10 minutes to drop-off or pick-up are not required to provide vaccine verification.
  • Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status except for while at the table eating.
  • Masks are not required outdoors when social distancing can be maintained. 

We hope COVID-19 indicators will continue to move in a positive direction and, in the near future, we can return to normal. We will closely monitor the evolving situation and make adjustments based on guidance from our public health experts.
Please reach out and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!