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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

As the situation remains fluid, we will continue to closely monitor the local, state, and national responses, follow the recommendations put forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and stay in communication with the Village of Glen Ellyn, School District 41, CCSD 89, and Glenbard High School District 87. Additional updates will be posted on this page and shared via emailFacebook, and Twitter. We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter and follow our social media pages.

August 2, 2021: Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health Announce Updated Mask Recommendation

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released new guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals resume wearing face coverings indoors in areas of the country where COVID-19 transmission is “high or substantial”. DuPage County has entered into the “substantial” transmission category. Given this development, Glen Ellyn Park District is strongly recommending face coverings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, inside our facilities. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to wear face coverings. We appreciate your cooperation!

View the DuPage County Health Department news release for additional information.


June 16, 2021 Update: Lap Swim Reservations No Longer Required

As of Wednesday, June 16 reservations are no longer required for adult lap swim at Sunset Pool.


June 9, 2021 Update: Phase 5 Changes at Maryknoll Splash Park

The Glen Ellyn Park District is excited to announce updated plans for Sunset Pool and Maryknoll Splash Park when the State moves to Phase 5 of Restore Illinois on Friday, June 11. As a reminder, Illinois is presently still in Bridge Phase and the District must follow those guidelines and restrictions until the State enters Phase 5. Click here to read the update and learn what to expect »


May 25, 2021 Update:

Sunset Pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May 29. Due to COVID-19, the pool will operate with new safety modifications in alignment with State and local health department guidelines. Read the most recent update and learn what to expect this season »


May 19, 2021 Update:

Park District Mask Requirement Update
On Monday, May 17, Governor Pritzker issued an updated executive order to align Illinois mask guidance with the CDC, lifting the mask mandate and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals in most settings. During the Bridge to Phase 5 of Restore Illinois, the District will:

  • Continue to follow operational guidelines put in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health and other regulatory agencies including those related to athletics, camps, and facility capacity limits until they are updated, or additional direction is provided. Supervisors will email program specific guidance as needed to registered participants.
  • Allow fully vaccinated individuals to participate in Park District programs or visit facilities as a patron, spectator, or volunteer without a face covering.
  • Require face coverings for individuals who are not fully vaccinated in our programs and facilities, except while actively swimming, within the splash park area, or during outdoor fitness activities.
  • Direct Glen Ellyn Park District employees and contractual program providers to continue to wear face coverings when working indoors or when social distancing cannot be maintained while working outdoors.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this next phase together. As always, please continue to be respectful of the health, safety, and choices of others, and continue to refer to gepark.org for the most current information and updates.


May 5, 2021 Update:

Statement regarding Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta and Afternoon Festivities
In planning for summer activities, Park District staff reviewed current State of Illinois COVID-19 guidance and at that time, concluded that the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta and July 4th Afternoon Festivities at Lake Ellyn Park would not take place for the summer of 2021. While our region’s COVID-19 statistics have been improving, it is challenging to determine what the guidelines will be in early July. Each year, a significant amount of advanced planning, time, and effort is expended by participants, volunteers, and the District toward organizing and implementing each of these events. To serve you better, the District will suspend these events for 2021 and reassess their return for 2022. In their place, resources generally reserved for these events will be allocated to smaller, more neighborhood focused, family events throughout the summer. These ‘mini’ events will be geared toward smaller groups in areas of our community that would not generally be able to have a large-scale activity in their neighborhood park.

Look for information on these “mini events” and more in the Summer 2021 Playbook, which will be available on our website June 1. Details on the Freedom Four 4-Mile Run, scheduled for July 4, will be posted at FreedomFourRun.com once finalized. Please visit the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Committee’s website for parade and firework information by clicking here.


April 16, 2021 Update:

Sunset Pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May 29. Due to COVID-19, the pool will operate with new safety modifications in alignment with State and local health department guidelines. Read the full update and learn what to expect this season »


To view previous updates, please click here.