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Chicago Park District Making 600 Gallons Of Hand Sanitizer To Protect Staff, First Responders

The park district started making the hand sanitizer last week and has already begun sharing it with its workers.

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Park District is making 600 gallons of hand sanitizer for its staff, first responders and others amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s been a global shortage of sanitation productions, parks Supt. Michael Kelly said in a news release, so the park district decided to make hand sanitizer itself rather than “wait indefinitely” for products to become available. The sanitizer will be alcohol-based and will follow guidelines from the World Health Organization.

The hand sanitizer will be distributed to park district staff and city first responders, according to a news release.

The park district started making the hand sanitizer last week and has already begun sharing it with its workers. Staff will carry 6-ounce bottles and 32-ounce bottles will be placed at fixed positions and in cars.

The Illinois Soybean Association is helping by getting raw materials and packaging needed to produce the hand sanitizer, according to the park district.

“The safety of our employees is paramount,” Kelly said in a news release. “Due to the sweeping spread of the novel coronavirus, there is a global shortage of vital sanitation products.  This unprecedented time calls for innovative solutions. 

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