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Cold, flu and COVID-19 - Ways to keep yourself and your community healthy.

GPD2020-COVID-19-March-5

Due to the COVID-19 National State of Emergency, Gurnee Park District will be closed effective Saturday, 3/14/20 through Sunday, 3/29/20. All facilities including Hunt Club Community Center, Viking Park Community Center and FitNation will be closed; all programs and services held at Gurnee Park District facilities will be canceled during this time. Administrators will continue to assess the situation and closures may be subject to change.

Parks and shelters will remain open, however, the public are urged to use their best judgment.

As of now, Viking Park Dance Hall will open 3/17 as a polling location and the regularly scheduled Park Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at the same location starting at 7pm. This website will be updated should changes be made.

Gurnee Park District staff will continue to assess the situation and determine additional closures, refunds and rescheduling of events regularly. Customers can expect to receive updates via email within the next two weeks.

Gurnee Park District is closely monitoring developments this flu season, especially regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). ​Please view additional information from the CDC below. 

"CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases."  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
At all three facility locations FitNation Gurnee, Hunt Club Park Community Center and Viking Park Community Center, our maintenance teams continue to adhere to industry standards. At this time, the immediate health risk to the general public in the United States, remains low, but we are taking precautionary efforts in order to keep you safe.

Gurnee Park District values the health and wellness of all park district visitors and employees. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the primary way to avoid a common cold, influenza, COVID-19, and other viruses is hand washing, covering when coughing or sneezing and keeping your children or yourself home should you have symptoms or a fever. CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

For information about handwashing, see CDC's Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC's Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

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Tuesday, May 26 2020

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