Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL Housing Navy Recruits During Quarantine

May 13, 2020
Navy Recruits, Great Wolf Lodge, Indoor Waterpark, COVID-19, Quarantine



The US Navy had to be creative when trying to find a new space to house, feed, and train 500 naval recruits to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at their sole boot camp.

The Naval Station Great Lakes boot camp is located in Great Lakes, IL about seven miles from the Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL. Since the indoor waterpark resort had to be closed following the lockdown orders, the Navy decided that it would be the perfect place to house its recruits.

The Navy is currently paying $1.1 million to quarantine all their recruits at the hotel to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. 

While at the Great Wolf Lodge, the recruits are under a restriction of movement (ROM) period, meaning they have to be quarantined for 14 days to ensure they do not develop any COVID-19 symptoms before they can be moved into the Great Lakes "bubble." To create such a "bubble" at the naval station, all instructors are living at the boot camp rather than going home at night and only after completing their 14 day ROM at the indoor waterpark can the recruits join the others at the station.

Recruits cannot participate in any group activities while staying at the lodge and meals are delivered to them three times a day to limit their contact/exposure with others. They are also screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a face mask at all times. 

The Navy is going to great lengths to prevent an outbreak and it is great to see the surrounding community step up and open its door for the recruits.