UPDATE: Woodstock Recreation Center temporarily closed after three staff members test positive for COVID-19

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The Woodstock Recreation Center has temporarily closed its doors, starting Friday and continuing through Nov. 13, after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the city of Woodstock said in a news release.

“To err on the side of caution, we are implementing a facility closure to ensure the health and safety of all of our members, visitors, residents and staff,” the city said in a news release. “This will also allow time for a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the building to prepare for reopening.”

The Woodstock Recreation Center is scheduled to reopen Nov. 14.

An attempt to reach the Woodstock city manager Friday was unsuccessful.

Two area restaurants – Miller’s Diner in McHenry and Andy’s Restaurant in Crystal Lake – have also announced temporary closures in recent days after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Both restaurants had continued to offer indoor dining despite increased restrictions ordered by Gov. JB Pritzker. The intensified restrictions that have hit restaurants and bars have not effected fitness centers like the Woodstock Recreation Center to the same degree.

Also on Friday, the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake said in an email to patrons that a staff member was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Crystal Lake fitness center will not be closing, but “out of an abundance of caution,” the employee was immediately sent home and told to get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, interim Executive Director Lesley Franklin said in the email.

The employee has been asked not to come back to work until test results confirm they have not contracted the virus, Franklin said in the email. An initial assessment indicates that this staff member worked throughout the Y this week and part of last week and may have interacted with a number of people. 

“We have already reached out to these people and have advised them to take precautions, including getting a test,” Franklin said in the email. However, she said, the risk to other patrons is thought to be low. 

“We believe that the risk of exposure is lessened by the numerous safety precautions that we always undertake at the Y,” Franklin said in the email. “However, we must acknowledge that as with many things, an element of risk is always present.” 

Health clubs, along with barbershops, salons and spas, were allowed to reopen with capacity limits in late June under Phase 4 of the state’s Restore Illinois Plan. Under the previous phase, health and fitness clubs were limited to outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training.

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