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COVID-19 Tier 2 Mitigation Update

Effective Friday, January 15th the state of Illinois will move to Tier 2 Mitigation Order.  As a result of the order, plans are listed below.

Forest preserves and trails remain open (visit “what to know about winter preserve access” ): Forest preserves are open for use from sunrise to a half hour after sunset. Outhouse will be open for public use.  No hand-pumps will be available at this time. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Youth Campgrounds remain closed: Youth/Scout camps will remain closed until further notice.

Flyfield remains open to the public: If you need a permit, click here to purchase or come to the Forest Preserve District office at 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Forest Preserve Administration Office will remain open to the public: Office hours will be Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Mask should be worn in the building and Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

 

Campgrounds, Equestrian Trails/Camping, Shelterhouses and Golf Courses are closed for the season.

Every visitor plays a critical role in practicing safe social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors to the Forest Preserves should bring alcohol‐based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60 percent alcohol) and face coverings. Additional health and safety guidelines include:
• Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;
• Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
• Stay local; visit preserves that are closest to where you live;
• If you arrive at a preserve and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit;
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow.

For more information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the CDC.

FPWC will closely monitor congestion in forest preserves. Decisions on forest preserve closings and access will be made by Forest Preserves of Winnebago County authorities based on their assessment of risk and on state health protection mandates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.