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Geneva parks reopen, programs start up amid virus guidelines

Masks, social distancing to be maintained during Phase 4

GENEVA – With the state in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, there are now more recreational opportunities in Geneva.

The Geneva Park District announced in a news release the reopening of all its playgrounds, including the sprayground at Moore Park.

“We appreciate the community’s patience as we awaited additional guidance from the governor, [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and Illinois Department of Public Health,” Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte said in the release. “Thank you to our community for their diligence, patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We have missed everyone greatly and look forward to seeing you.”

Playground and sprayground guidelines remind parents that outdoor playground equipment is not sanitized, so children will be using it at their own risk.

Children should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after playing on equipment.

Guidelines mandate that no more than 50 patrons will be allowed on a playground at any given time. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear masks.

Park patrons are encouraged to avoid crowded playgrounds and minimize physical contact between kids.

If a parent or child feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19, the park district recommends that they stay at home, according to the release.

In addition, both BestLife Fitness Centers are now open with modified hours of 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to the release. Indoor group fitness classes will resume the week of July 13. There is no child care available at this time, and a face mask must be worn except when doing physical activity.

Mill Creek Pool is open to the public and providing aqua fitness, lap swim and swim lessons.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Sunset Pool ... very soon,” Nicole Vickers, superintendent of recreation, said in the release. “It is with great pride that the Geneva Park District is able to reopen both of our pools during this global pandemic and offer our community a fun-filled place to stay cool during the summer.”

Registration is required for all programs at www.genevaparks.org.

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