By Bob Bong
Things are getting back to normal in Palos Park.
The Children’s Farm at The Center reopened Tuesday, while the McCord Gallery is open again and new classes will start later this month.
The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, is open and following state and CDC guidelines for public safety. All employees, guests and volunteers must wear masks in animal viewing areas. Masks will be available for $1.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the front gate and both ends of the barn.
Temporary animal viewing pens have been set up outside to maintain social distancing requirements.
Pony rides have, unfortunately, been cancelled. The hay rack rides have limited space due to social distancing.
The barn and other facilities will be sanitized daily.
New hours will be announced on the Farm website on Friday.
Most other meetings, classes, and programs remain canceled at The Center.
McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, 9602 W. Creek Road, reopened June 1 as part of Reopening Illinois Phase 3.
Most classes will resume June 15 with a limit of nine students per class.
Gallery hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, but closed Saturday and Sunday.
All guests must wear a mask when entering the gallery. Try to limit your groups to no more than five persons when visiting the gallery.
New soap and hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed in the class space, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the gallery.
All knobs, phones, and railings are being wiped every day.
All staff and instructors will be required to wear a mask and gloves. They will be required to take their temperature every shift, and if it’s 100.4 or higher, they will be asked to go home.
Students are asked to stay home if they are not feeling well.
McCord is now accepting donations for its annual rummage sale, which is set for July 24-26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a donation, call 708-671-0648.