Phase 5 Guidelines

(Updated 06/11/2021)

Phase 5 – Restore Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health has moved Illinois into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan.

In response to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order, fully vaccinated* individuals are no longer required to wear masks while within HEParks facilities. Fully vaccinated is two weeks following the final required dose.

Unvaccinated patrons/participants and all children under the age of 12 must wear a mask at all times while within HEParks facilities. 

  • Programs & Classes:   Registration is now open for summer programs including, group, private and virtual options.  All staff and coaches must wear a mask while working with children under the age of 12. Fully Vaccinated participants do not need to wear a mask while within HEParks facilities.
  • Senior Center programs include drop-in activities and pre-registration special event activities and fitness classes.

Community Center Operations:  

  • Triphahn Center: The facility is open 6:00a-9:00p, Monday-Friday, 6am-5pm on Saturday and 7am-5pm on Sunday.
  • Willow Recreation Center: The facility is open 7:00a-9:00p, Monday-Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00a-1:30p.
  • Little Stars Childcare (full-day preschool & child care) is open at Triphahn Center
  • HEParks Preschool (part-day preschool) open at both Triphahn Center and Willow Recreation Center

Fitness Center Operations:  

  • The Club at Prairie Stone Fitness Center Members who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while within the facility. Locker rooms are open. Saunas and hot tubs are open.
  • Triphahn Center Fitness Center: Members who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while within the facility. Locker rooms are open. Members must swipe their membership cards to enter the locker rooms. Saunas and hot tubs will be opening soon.
  • Willow Recreation Center: The fitness center and locker rooms are open.
  • Group Fitness classes permitted at full capacity.

Open HEParks outdoor amenities

  • All outdoor parks, paths and courts are open.

Rentals and Facilities

  • Rentals are available at full capacity
  • Seascape Family Aquatic Center is operating at full capacity

Signs of Illness

  • Participants/staff will not be permitted into the facility if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a participant shows illness symptoms, there will be a designated room at each facility for that participant to go until they can be picked up safely by a parent or guardian.

If a participant/staff has a confirmed case of COVID-19

  • The other program participants will be moved to another designated room in the building. The contaminated room will be quarantined and cleaned 24 hours after initial exposure. Programs can return to room upon following proper disinfecting procedures.
  • We will ask that the program participants to self-quarantine per CDC guidelines.

When a participant/staff can return to the facility if confirmed with COVID-19 Participants/Staff who is diagnosed to COVID-19 may not return until:

  • They have had no fever for 24 hours (without medicine)


  • Other symptoms have improved


  • At least 10 days have passed since date of positive test

When a participant/staff can return to the facility if exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The participant/staff may return to the facility when:

  • If fully vaccinated: Immediately
  • If not fully vaccinated
    • at least 10 days have passed since the date of exposure.
    • or if tested on the 5th day after exposure, participants/staff can return on day 7 with a negative rest result.

If exposed participant/staff exposures results in a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, participant/staff must follow the guidelines above to return after diagnosis.


  • Will you take patron’s temperature before the start of the program each day?
    • No, but we do ask if your child or any family members show illness symptoms that you please stay home.
  • How will we be cleaning toys and materials?
    • All toys and materials will be fully sanitized before they are shared with the next participant by a bleach/water solution or our high-temp sanitizing dishwasher.
  • Will programs be going outside?
    • Weather permitting, yes, we will be going outside with programs that are able to do so.