Block parties are back but with a new set of rules

No more than 50 people allowed

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

Now that phase four of Governor J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan has started allowing for larger gatherings of people, Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley has announced neighbors can host block parties – offering a semblance of summer normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ability to have block parties comes with restrictions put in place to prevent further spread of the virus. According to Charley's order issued June 23, block party attendance must not exceed 50 people. Bounce houses and petting zoos are prohibited.

Chairs and tables must be at least six feet apart and block party participants should also maintain at least six feet distance from each other. Chairs, tables and other frequently touched surfaces must be disinfected several times during the party.

Charley's order also requires all attendees to wear face coverings at all times, except when eating or drinking. When eating and drinking, attendees must maintain six feet of distance between non-immediate household members.

People should not share food or drinks with people outside of their households. Charley's order also discourages potlucks and "self-service of shared foods, including hot bars, cold bars and buffets."

The order encourages single-use napkins, plates, utensils and condiment packets. Block parties should have hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol available to attendees. Handwashing stations are encouraged.




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Sheila Petty from Oak Park  

Posted: July 4th, 2020 3:09 AM

With those type of stipulations why've taken away the fun of it being a block party.

Emily Lloyd  

Posted: July 3rd, 2020 9:48 AM

Moves like this is why school will be from home in the fall.

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