Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health and Wellness Center updates mask policy

The center is adjusting its policy in light of Governor Pritzker’s latest announcement

(Caption: The view from the gazebo in the back of the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center.)

Mayor Jerry Smith said he'd heard many people were concerned about what a new wellness center would do to its neighbor, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, even before he was elected in April 2017. So he said he urged Northwestern Medicine President Kevin Poorten to make sure the Kishwaukee Family YMCA was "kept whole."

"My sense is that happened, and it will continue to happen," Smith said.

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health and Wellness Center is not giving up mask requirements entirely, but its visitor policies will change after Gov. JB Pritzker announced last week Illinois would be lifting its indoor mask mandate.

The center announced in a news release that effective Monday, face coverings would no longer be required for vaccinated individuals when inside the fitness center. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

Face coverings will still be required in all clinical areas and when entering the facility.

“We will continue to review local, state, and national governmental guidelines and adapt our procedures accordingly,” the center said in a news release. “As always, your health, safety, and wellness are a top priority to us.”

The center is located at 626 Bethany Road in DeKalb.

For information, anyone with questions can call 815-754-7098.