Safety Protocols

Important Safety Protocols for Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!

In accordance with the City of Chicago's Be Safe Chicago plan to gradually and safely reopen the city, the Chicago Park District will implement the following safety guidelines and expectations for all patrons and staff participating in Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! We are excited to bring this production to our parks, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep you safe and healthy.

Viewing Area
Masks or Face Coverings
Social Distancing
Symptom Monitoring
Hand Sanitizing & Facilities
Expectation of Courtesy

Viewing Area

A "Viewing Area" will be outlined on the park lawn by a rope border at each location. This allows us to closely monitor crowd size and safety conditions while ensuring we are abiding by all Phase IV guidelines and doing our best to keep you safe.


  • Admittance to the Viewing Area will be on a first-come, first-served; patrons will be taken to their seats one hour before the start of the performance until the maximum capacity is reached.
  • Social distancing and masks will be required in the viewing area.
  • Help everyone in the Viewing Area maintain safe physical distancing by staying in your space once you are settled.
  • Within the Viewing Area dedicated entrance and exit points will be defined. Upon entering, patrons are asked to follow directional signage when moving through the space to ensure one-way foot traffic.
  • Attendees should bring their own blanket or chair(s).
  • Onsite restroom facilities are not available.


Masks or Face Coverings Will Be Required to Participate

As per the city's Phase IV guidelines for park use, all park users are expected to wear face coverings when in the park. Further, all patrons (over the age of 2 and medically able to tolerate a face covering) wishing to enter the Viewing Area for Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! will be required to wear a face covering to be admitted to the Viewing Area.


  • Medical masks, paper masks, fabric masks, religious garments (such as niqabs and burkas), and bandanas are all acceptable face coverings.
  • A very limited supply of single-use, disposable paper masks will be available for anyone needing a mask to enter the viewing area.


Patrons Are Expected to Practice Safe Physical Distancing

Be Safe Chicago's Phase IV Guidelines for park use require that social groups in park settings maintain a >6ft distance in open spaces. When in the Viewing Area, or in line to enter the Viewing Area, all patrons are asked to be aware of their surroundings and proactively maintain a >6ft distance from other park users outside their household group.


  • Family or household groups can and should stay together, and do not need to maintain a 6ft distance within the family or household group.
  • Parents should keep their children close and prevent them from entering the space of other individuals/groups.


Patrons and Staff Are Expected to Self-Monitor For Symptoms

Before attending the performance patrons and staff alike are expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and monitor their own health. If symptoms are present, patrons are asked to stay home, self-isolate and follow CDPH guidelines for symptom tracking and management.


  • Symptomatic patrons are encouraged to stay home, monitor their symptoms and contact a healthcare professional if symptoms worsen.
  • Patrons exhibiting symptoms onsite should leave the area and go home to isolate, for the safety of their fellow patrons.
  • Staff will also be self-monitoring and self-reporting symptoms as well, and will be asked not to report to work until symptoms have subsided and they have been medically cleared for COVID-19.
  • Staff who begin to exhibit symptoms while onsite will immediately isolate as best as possible and go home as soon as possible to quarantine until symptoms subside or they can be medically cleared.


Hand Sanitizing and Facilities

Park patrons are advised to wash their hands, or use a hand sanitizer, after any contact with high-touch surfaces or contact with a non-household individual.


  • Park fieldhouses and restrooms will not be open during performances of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to the public at the entrance and exit points to the Viewing Area.


Park Patrons Are Expected to Practice Courtesy

We are asking all of our park patrons and event staff to follow these guidelines and policies as a common courtesy for one another, and for the city we call home. Parks are common ground and public space, we should all be comfortable and safe here and focusing on your own precautionary measures and respecting the boundaries and space of others is a key way to make that happen.


  • Help everyone in the Viewing Area maintain safe physical distancing by staying in your space once you are settled.
  • Do not enter and exit the viewing area more than once.
  • As you stay in your area, please limit your movement
  • Keep your mask on at all times.
  • No eating or drinking will be allowed in the viewing area. Please do not bring coolers, snacks or beverages. Water bottles are allowed.
  • Remember that not everyone is at the same comfort level. Focus on making sure you, AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU, is safe and comfortable.