As positive COVID-19 cases rise steeply, the Park District of Oak Park and the Oak Park Public Library have both paused services to prevent further spread.

The Park District of Oak Park announced Nov. 13 that it is taking a three-week pause from all recreational programs, beginning Nov. 14. While not officially mandated by law, the pause is in line with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the village of Oak Park’s health department, according to the emailed newsletter sent by the park district.

The park district is continuing its all-day childcare programs in partnership with local elementary schools. The Nov. 25 “School Day Out” program at Ridgeland Commons and Longfellow Center will also continue. Playgrounds, parks and dog parks will remain open.

The library had originally intended to close its main branch until Nov. 19 due to a staff member testing positive but announced Nov. 14 that its main branch will remain closed for 30 days, starting Nov. 16. The library’s announcement stated that it would consider, based on the environment and subsequent health orders, reopening the main branch on Dec. 16.

The library will resume all virtual services during the main branch’s closure. All in-person and contact-free holds pickup, as well as delivery services, will not be available during the closure. Staff will continue to be available to answer any questions. Library patrons should keep their books and other library materials as all return drop boxes are closed. All held materials will be available for pickup upon the library’s reopening.

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