Face Coverings When Indoors with NWCSRA Starting August 2

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance earlier this week due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant. The Delta variant is causing breakthrough infections in some fully vaccinated individuals, appears to be more transmissible than other variants and, most importantly, appears to be transmissible even from individuals who are fully vaccinated.

The CDC is recommending that all individuals, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas where there is a currently a substantial or high transmission rate for COVID-19 (substantial – 50 to 99; high over 100 cases per 100,000 people in a seven-day period).  Will County and surrounding counties are currently areas of substantial transmission. As a result, NWCSRA has made the following adjustments to guidelines for the NWCSRA Office, Programs and Transportation.

Beginning August 2, 2021, and until further notice, in the NWCSRA office, programs and services:

  • All Individuals must wear a face covering when indoors. This includes NWCSRA vehicles and other forms of enclosed transportation. Breaks will be taken during programs to allow individuals to have time where masks can be removed safely. Accommodations will be discussed on a case-by-case basis for individuals who have been vaccinated and have sensory and/or medical concerns.
  • Outdoors, face coverings must be worn when social distancing is not possible.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, please refrain from programs or the facility if you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Both participant and staff will continue to wear a face covering and personal protective equipment during personal care/support. Arrangements for personal care/support must be made and approved with full-time NWCSRA staff prior to occurrence at programs/services.
  • NWCSRA will follow additional guidelines of facilities utilized for programs and services. Face covering requirements may be different based on federal, state, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidelines.

NWCSRA reserves the right to:

  1. Ask patrons to wear a face covering during SRA programs, services, or while in SRA building or vehicles. Always have a face covering with you in the event that it will be needed.
  2. Ask for verification of vaccination at any time to participate in SRA program and services.
  3. Ask for a pause in participation if any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 develop or have had exposure to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best form of protection against COVID-19 and its Delta variant and helps prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death. If you and/or someone you know need a vaccination, please visit one of the following locations:

  • Your physician.
  • www.vaccines.gov for a nearby vaccine provider.
  • https://willcountyhealth.org/vaccine-locations/ for  pop-up vaccine clinics.
  • Your local Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, Marianos, Jewel Osco pharmacy.
  • Will County Health Department at 501 Ella Avenue, Joliet
    • Hours: Monday 9am-3:45pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-5:30pm
    • Walk-ins accepted after 10am
  • Will County Health Department North Branch
    • Hours: 10am-5:30pm beginning August 18th
  • Will County Community Health Center at 1106 Neal Ave, Joliet
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5:30pm
  • Will County Community Health Center at 5601 W. Monee-Manhattan, Monee
    • Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Your local Walgreen’s or CVS pharmacy.

This indoor face covering mandate complies with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA).  We will continue to monitor updates from these agencies.