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Organizations begin event cancellations, closures amid coronavirus concerns
Nuria Mathog, Editor
As communities throughout the world and the U.S. take preventative measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, organizations in Frankfort are joining in by announcing temporary closures and cancellations of upcoming events.
Library programs, some services suspended
The Frankfort Public Library District has canceled all library programs through March 31, a change that goes into effect Monday, March 16, to follow guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Additionally, all meeting room reservations and outreach services —including visits to senior living facilities and home deliveries — are canceled through the same time period.
The library is still scheduled to remain open for regular service hours and has stated that these changes are "a precautionary measure and are not due to any known exposure to COVID-19."
CD&ME St. Patrick's Day event canceled
On Friday, March 13, CD&ME announced the St. Patrick's Day concert originally scheduled for March 17 would be canceled in accordance with recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker.
"Our primary concern has always been to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and guests," the venue said in an emailed cancellation notice, adding it plans to follow the lead of officials at the local, State and federal levels.
CD&ME further noted that anyone who had already purchased a ticket for the event would receive a credit toward an upcoming concert at the event venue. Customers are asked to call (815) 469-7315 or email email@example.com if they have any additional questions.
Both Frankfort-area park districts cancel programs
The Frankfort Park District announced Monday, March 16 that it would be canceling all recreational programs and closing its facilities.
Public parks and the dog park are scheduled to remain open, and the park district has stated it anticipates program cancellations and facility closures will be implemented through March 30, and park district officials will reevaluate on Thursday, March 26.
Additionally, because Gov. Pritzker has required events with large crowds to be canceled through May 1, the March 21 Spring Craft Fair, April 4 Super Dog Egg Hunt and April 4 Egg Hunt with Peter Cottontail have been canceled,.
The park district has stated residents who were registered in a program that has been canceled will receive a credit if the program has not yet started and a pro-rated credit if the program cannot be rescheduled. Affected residents can contact the Frankfort Park District’s customer service staff at (815)-469-9400 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The district’s administrative staff plan to remain available via email, and their contact information is listed under the “Staff Directory” tab on the Frankfort Park District website.
Residents are reminded to follow practices such as coughing into the inside of their elbow; covering their mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and disposing of it in the trash; washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching their eyes, mouth and nose; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; staying home and avoiding contact with others if sick; and consulting with a doctor if they develop a cough, fever, body aches and fatigue.
The Frankfort Square Park District announced March 13 it would be suspending all activities, meetings, rentals and programs, and its facilities would be closed to the public from March 16 through March 30.
The district plans to offer a refund or credit for program fees, and limite staff intend to continue answering phones and responding to emails duing regular business hours.
Additionally, park district staff members are working closely with instructors to try to find “at home” opportunities for residents.
“We look forward to returning to our normal schedule and will make every effort to support our community in every measure possible,” Frankfort Square Park District Executive Jim Randall wrote in a letter to the community posted on the district’s Facebook page.
KidsWork temporarily closes
In an emailed letter sent Saturday, March 14, KidsWork Children's Museum Board President Belinda Basso said the museum would be temporarily closed through Monday, March 30, in line with a directive from Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker shuttering schools until the same date.
"While there is no order regarding closing our business and the immediate risk to our museum visitors is low, we felt it prudent to close to promote social distancing as a key strategy to combat the spread of the virus," Basso wrote, adding the museum plans to continue monitoring the situation and take "appropriate action as the fluid situation evolves."
Museumgoers are encouraged to check KidsWork's website and Facebook page for updates.