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Park District Cancels In-Person Programs Due To Coronavirus, But Parks Remain Open

Park programs are canceled, but field houses will remain open during their regular hours so people can use their bathrooms and use the spaces for shelter.

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CHICAGO — The Park District has canceled in-person programs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s new restrictions on Chicago — and every other region of Illinois — go into effect Friday in a bid to slow down the virus’s spread and prevent more deaths. As part of that, the Chicago Park District has canceled its in-person programs “until further notice,” according to a news release.

Park field houses will remain open during their regular hours so people can use their bathrooms and use the spaces for shelter, though.

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And all parks continue to remain open, with the exception of land east of Lake Shore Drive. The lakefront has been off-limits since the spring, since officials worried Chicagoans would gather there and potentially increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

People can’t have large gatherings at parks or partake in “close-contact activities,” but they can walk, run and hike alone or with members of their household, according to the Park District.

People on the city’s trails, like The 606 and Lakefront Trail, are expected to wear a mask and keep moving.

At the same time, the city has asked everyone to remain at home as much as possible. Coronavirus is surging in the city, and new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rapidly rising.

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