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City Playgrounds, Pools Reopening After Nearly A Year Of Being Closed Due To Coronavirus

Playgrounds and pools will reopen over the next few weeks, though the city is asking people to take safety steps — like social distancing — when visiting them.

Parks and playgrounds are closed because of coronavirus as Illinois remains under a stay at home order.
Enrique Reyes Martinez
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CHICAGO — City playgrounds and indoor pools are returning as officials lift some coronavirus restrictions.

During the next few weeks, Park District employees will unlock gates and prepare more than 500 outdoor playgrounds and nature play spaces so they can reopen to children and others, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The Park District will also reopen its indoor swimming pools and offer limited programs at them during the spring session, according to the Mayor’s Office. Registration for the spring programs begins March 8.

People should continue to enjoy park facilities responsibly, meaning they should wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently, according to the Mayor’s Office.

Playgrounds and pools have been closed since the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city cordoned off some playgrounds and city crews haven’t sanitized the equipment there. Still, many parents have continued to let their children use the facilities.

The city is also reopening the lakefront, which has been closed for nearly a year.

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