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Coming Together Again: Important January 2022 Update

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In May, we launched our return to in-person programs, Coming Together Again, with most programs offered online through December complemented by a gradual return to in-person programs.  We have adjusted our plans with the recent rise in COVID cases, and all classes and groups will be offered online through February 19.  Our Lobby will remain open, and Wellness House staff will be available for individual appointments in-person at our main location in Hinsdale, as well as via phone and Zoom.  We plan to resume our gradual increase of in-person offerings on February 21. 

As an organization, Wellness House strongly encourages all eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and booster after discussing the decision with their health care provider.  We will continue to ask everyone to wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distance while inside Wellness House.  We encourage you to consult your healthcare team if you have questions about your safety when participating in-person. 

As we update our Coming Together Again Plan, we seek feedback from area healthcare providers and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department, and Cook County Department of Public Health.

We invite you to explore our online programs and look forward to Coming Together Again in-person soon. 

Coming Together Again FAQs

Q. When will Wellness House resume in-person programs?

A. Wellness House began a phased approach to in-person programs at the main location in Hinsdale on May 17, 2021, with the following phases

Phase 1: May 17, 2021 to June 30, 2021

  • The Main Entrance and Lobby remained closed to the public
  • All regular programs were available online
  • Wellness staff was available to meet with participants individually in-person and via phone and Zoom

Phases 2 & 3: July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

  • The Main Entrance and Lobby were open to the public
  • Wellness House began offering limited group programs in-person at the main location with a gradual increase in offerings through December
  • The majority of regular programs were available online
  • Wellness staff were available to meet with participants individually in-person and via phone and Zoom

Phase 4: January 1, 2022 to February 19, 2022

  • The Main Entrance and Lobby will remain open to the public
  • All regular groups and classes will be online through February 19
  • Wellness House Staff will be available to meet with participants individually, in-person, at the main location in Hinsdale by appointment and via phone and Zoom

Q. Will Wellness House offer programs online once in-person programs begin?

A. Yes, programs will be offered online during the phased return and in the future.  All classes and groups will be online between January 1 and February 19.  We will continue the gradual increase of in-person programs and reduce online programs starting February 21 and into June.  Most programs will be in-person by the Summer of 2022, with a selection of programs that will remain online.  Please continue to check the website and Program Guides for updates and current schedules.

Q. Will social distancing measures be in place at Wellness House?

A. Yes, all participants, volunteers, and staff are expected to maintain a safe distance from one another.  Social distancing has been identified as a key to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and is defined as keeping space of 6 feet between yourself and others.  At Wellness House, the following procedures and protocols will be used to promote social distancing:

  • All meetings will take place in rooms that allow for at least 6 feet between individuals from different households
  • Restrooms are single occupancy
  • A plexiglass barrier has been installed at the front desk at the main location

Q. What other safety measures are in place at Wellness House?

A. Upon arrival to Wellness House, all participants, volunteers, and staff are screened for symptoms, and temperatures are taken.  High-touch surfaces are cleaned regularly, including the spaces that are used for individual appointments.

Q. How will you notify participants if they were in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 while at Wellness House?

A. If Wellness House learns that someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis came in contact with others while at the Wellness House main location in Hinsdale or partner locations, Wellness House will contact those who were in direct contact with the diagnosed individual without disclosing identifying information.

Q. Do I need to be vaccinated to attend in-person programs?

A. At this time, Wellness House is not mandating that participants receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  We will continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, temperature checks, and mask-wearing as outlined by the CDC.

Q. Are Wellness House staff and volunteers vaccinated?

A. As an organization, Wellness House encourages all staff, volunteers, and participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and booster after discussing the decision with their health care providers.  Wellness House does require staff to be fully vaccinated and does not disclose vaccination status.  At this time, Wellness House is not mandating vaccination for volunteers or participants.

Q. How can I make an appointment to meet with a staff person at Wellness House?

A. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Wellness House staff person, please contact the reception desk at 630.323.5150 or contact the staff person you would like to meet with via phone or email.  The day before an appointment, participants will receive an email with instructions on entering the building and safety checks.

Q. Will food or drinks be provided or permitted at Wellness House?

A. Food and drink will not be provided or permitted at Wellness House, as participants must wear a mask at all times.  Participants are welcome to bring a personal water bottle, and we ask that you only remove your mask to take a drink when in a private space away from others.

Q. Will Wellness House offer hybrid programs with in-person and online simultaneous participation?

A. Our current goal is to offer in-person and online programs separately.  In addition, a select number of programs will pilot new technology and hybrid options between July and December.