Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Order 2021-11

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The United States, Illinois and Cook County are in the early stages of a large surge of COVID cases due to the Omicron variant.

On December 23, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) issued Mitigation Order 2021-11 to protect the health of the public in suburban Cook County.

What is this new Vaccination Proof requirement?
The Cook County Department of Public Health Mitigation Order mandates that, beginning Monday, January 3, adults age 19 and older must present proof of full vaccination in order to enter fitness centers or participate in indoor sports classes and activities. The age is 5 and over in venues where food or drink are served for on-premises consumption. See the list of specific activities requiring proof of vaccination, below.

What about employees and instructors?
Due to recent US Supreme Court and Illinois Department of Labor stays of enforcement, we have paused our requirement for Wilmette Park District employees and contract instructors to present either proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 PCR test result weekly.

How long will this Mitigation Order be in effect?
The Order will remain in effect until suburban Cook County is through this Omicron-driven surge, and the risk of overwhelming hospital capacity has passed.

Where and when, specifically, is Proof of Vaccination REQUIRED?
Beginning Monday, January 3, the Wilmette Park District must verify the vaccination status of select patrons age 19 and older. Proof of Vaccination is required if you are:

  1. Visiting the Center Fitness Club
  2. Enrolled in a Mallinckrodt Center winter session fitness program
  3. Any Wilmette Park District Adult Indoor Sports Program (including Parent/Tot classes and Basketball Leagues)
  4. Playing indoor tennis
  5. Ice skating
  6. Dining in the Wilmette Golf Club restaurant (age 5 and older)
  7. Attending any Wilmette Park District or rental space event where food and beverage will be consumed on-premises (age 5 and older)

ONLY verified, fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to access the facilities and programs listed above. For a list of specific activities where Proof of Vaccination is required, see below.

Are there exceptions?

  • Proof of Vaccination is NOT required from an individual who has previously received a medical exemption, as long as the individual presents proof of the exemption and a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 24 hours prior to entering one of our restricted facilities.

How can I show Proof of Vaccination?
If you are age 19 or older, when arriving for an activity on the list below at the Community Recreation Center, Centennial Recreation Complex (Tennis and Ice) or Mallinckrodt Center, be prepared to present your proof of vaccination information upon request. When arriving to dine at the Wilmette Golf Club Restaurant, diners age 5 and older will present information inside the Wilmette Golf Club entrance.

Accepted forms of proof are:

  • Photocopy of vaccination card; or
  • Digital record or app; or
  • Printed record from vaccine provider

A photo ID is also required.

What does "fully-vaccinated" mean?
An individual is considered fully-vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

You do not need to have a booster dose to be considered "fully-vaccinated."

Are exemptions from vaccination for religious reasons accepted under the CCDPH order?

I have recovered from COVID, and have natural immunity now. Do I still need to prove I have been fully vaccinated to participate in an adult fitness activity or dine indoors?

I have just started the vaccination process. Can I still attend class?
At the moment, only fully-vaccinated participants are allowed access.

Will I need to show proof of vaccination every time?
In most cases
, you will only need to show proof the first day of class, or first visit to the Center Fitness Club. Golf Club Restaurant Diners will need to present proof each time.

I have rented a Wilmette Park District space for a party. Do I need to check my guest's vaccination status at the door?
Patrons planning an event at one of our facilities must certify that all attendees age 5 and up have provided proof of vaccination in advance. We will add an updated rider to current and future rental agreements, outlining the responsibility of the event organizer.

I don't meet the current CCDPH requirement. Can I cancel the program I've registered for? Will I receive a refund?
Yes. Please contact us with any refund questions or requests at

Do I still need to wear a mask indoors?
Yes. We continue to require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, at all times, including while exercising.

PATRONS ATTENDING THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES must present Proof of Vaccination to be admitted, as of 1/3/22:

If you are age 19 or older, when arriving for an activity on the list below be prepared to present your proof of vaccination information upon request.

Accepted forms of proof are:

  • Photocopy of vaccination card; or
  • Digital record or app; or
  • Printed record from vaccine provider

A photo ID is also required.


AGE 19 & UP

  • Parent/Child Yoga
  • Self-Defense Workshop


AGE 19 & UP

  • Adult/Tot Little Gymsters
  • Adult/Tot Sports
  • Adult/Tot T-Ball
  • Adult & Child Archery
  • Dad & Me Football
  • Youth/Adult Karate
  • Parent/Child Karate
  • Adult Pickleball
  • Taekwondo for Adults
  • Adult Basketball League


AGE 19 & UP

  • Adult/Tot Gymnastics
  • Adult Gymnastics
  • Open Gymnastics (adult participants only)



  • High School Group Ice Skating
  • Adult 1-6 Level Ice Skating
  • Free Skate
  • Adult Individual Lessons



  • Adult Skill Builder
  • Adult Intermediate I, II & III Levels
  • Adult Advanced Level Drills


AGE 19 & up

  • Walk the Indoor Track
  • Tai Chi
  • Strength Training
  • Low Impact Fitness
  • Mat Pilates
  • BeMoved w/Joanie
  • Zumba
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Sit & Be Fit
  • Puzzles and Coffee Klatch
  • National Pizza Day Bingo Party
  • Coloring and Coffee
  • Use of Fitness Room


Diners age 5 & up

Wilmette Park District
Mask Policy

Face masks are required for all fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times, indoors, including during bus transportation. This also includes indoor tennis, indoor ice skating and the Center Fitness Club.

Masks for fully vaccinated* and unvaccinated individuals are encouraged outdoors.

We remain committed to the health and safety of our patrons, particularly our younger ones who may not be eligible for a vaccine. Please be aware that our instructors (fully vaccinated or not) will wear masks when with participants in any program that involves children under 16 years old.

As always, thank you for your cooperation and commitment to supporting our community's health.


Village of Wilmette COVID-19 page