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Proof of Vaccine Mandate in Effect

Published 01.14.22
On January 6th, the Oak Park Public Health Department issued a COVID-19 Public Health PROOF OF VACCINATION IN PUBLIC PLACES MANDATE requiring all patrons age 5 and older to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and Mask Wearing Requirement in public places.
In order to best respond to the mandate, we will implement the following adjustments effective Monday January 10th to our front desk operations, so that our Member Engagement Team can adequately prioritize the proof of vaccine verification. Thank you for your patience as we all adjust to these recent safety protocols. 
  • All calls to the YMCA will be directed to our voicemail and all messages will be responded within 24 hours or the next business day, or you may also reach us via email at memberservices@westcookymca.org.
  • All members, residents, and guests will be required to show proof of vaccine upon each visit of the YMCA facility. Exemptions are listed below. 
  • Vaccination status will be captured through our membership database. There are two ways for us to capture your vaccination status. The first is you can upload your vaccine card via our HIPAA compliant online form at www.westcookymca.org/vax. The second is when you enter the facility, a Member Engagement Representative will update your member account to show vaccination status. Please note that capturing your status will be effective on Monday, January 24th. Allowing us two weeks to process all of our members status. Please remember during these two weeks, you will be required to show your status at each visit.
For all questions and inquiries in regards to this mandate, please email memberservices@westcookymca.org. We will collect all questions and respond at one time to all.
For our most up-to-date COVID-19 Protocols, visit www.westcookymca.org/phase5

All Members, Residents, Guests will be required to show proof of vaccine upon each visit of the YMCA facility.

Who is required to show proof of vaccination:

  • Individuals 5 years of age and older must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved vaccine in order to enter the West Cook YMCA
    • Any individual who attains five (5) years or age on or after the effective date of this Order shall be entitled to a grace period of six (6) weeks to allow time for the individual to become fully vaccinated.
  • Individuals age 16 and older must show identification with information that corresponds to the vaccination proof (including but not limited to driver’s license, passport, government ID, work or school ID, West Cook ID with current photo on file in system)


  • Individuals entering the Y for less than 10 minutes for completing a transaction at the front desk, making a delivery, or using the restroom facilities
  • Individuals who have previously received a medical exemption, as long as proof of medical exemption and a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 24 hours prior to entering the West Cook YMCA and provided to the West Cook YMCA upon entry.
  • A vendor who is entering the facility to complete work on behalf of the West Cook YMCA
  • An individual under the age of 5
  • Indoor locations in the residential facility. Residents who are not vaccinated are only permitted to enter the facility to enter into the resident area. They will not be permitted in the main building of the West Cook YMCA. This includes but is not limited to the member lounge, locker rooms and spas, wellness center, pool, etc.
  • Common areas of the residence facility will be closed unless all residents provide proof of vaccination.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose series with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

An approved COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine that has been authorized or approved by either the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization to prevent COVID-19, whether for emergency use or otherwise.

A failure to comply with this Order may result in one or all of the following: (1) a charge of Reckless Conduct pursuant to Section 12-5 of the Illinois Criminal Code, 720 ILCS 5/12-5/2, which is a Class A misdemeanor which may result in a fine of not less than $75 not to exceed $2,500; (2) a charge of a violation of Sections 2(k) and/or Section 8.1 of the Illinois Public Health Act, 20 ILCS 2305/2(k) and 20 ILCS 2305/8), which are also Class A misdemeanors; (3) a violation of Section 20-1-12 of the Oak Park Village Code which is a Class B misdemeanor which may result in a fine of $750 for each violation; (4) the suspension or revocation of a business license; (5) an order of closure of a business; or (6) a charge of a violation of any other applicable law.

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