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Yorkville Parks & Rec department suspends programs due to COVID-19 emergency

Suspension begins Monday, March 16 and continues to end of the month

Tim Evans, director for the city's parks and recreation department, talks during a Jan. 28 Yorkville City Council meeting at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road in Yorkville.
Tim Evans, director for the city's parks and recreation department, talks during a Jan. 28 Yorkville City Council meeting at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road in Yorkville.

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YORKVILLE – In light of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, programs through the United City of Yorkville Parks and Recreation department have been suspended starting next week.

Parks officials said in a Saturday, March 14 social media post the department is canceling all recreation programming from Monday, March 16 through March 30. Officials said in the post the cancellations are in conjunction with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s order that all schools within the State of Illinois be closed from Tuesday through March 30.

Canceled programs include preschool, spring break camps, piano lessons, "Ready Set Go" and "All Star Sports" to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus, the post read. Classes scheduled before Monday will run as normal.

Tim Evans, director for the city's parks and recreation department, did not immediately return a request for additional comment from Record Newspapers on Saturday, March 14.

Parks officials said in the social media post the mandates are precautionary measures. Kendall County health officials said on Friday, March 13 there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county at this time.

Staff said in the post they will continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidelines set by national, state and local authorities as the department determines how to move forward after March 30. The post read the department will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the recreation department via email at Recreation@yorkville.il.us.

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