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put it in 'park'?!.....some National Parks closing due to coronavirus....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 25, 2020 10:02AM
....people are rushing to National Parks and 'gathering' in crowds [ not practicing social distancing ].....

Major national parks close to fight virus outbreak

.....Three of America’s best-known national parks — Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains — closed their gates Tuesday as parks struggle to keep popular recreation areas open while heeding warnings from officials urging them to prevent spreading the coronavirus at congested sites.

Social distancing wasn’t working at Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, where about 30,000 people lured by good weather, wildflowers and spring break visited each day last week, park officials said. The visitation that was higher than at the same time last year led to congestion at popular sites like Laurel Falls, Newfound Gap and Cades Cove prompted calls by local government leaders to close.

The decision to close Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, and neighboring Grand Teton came after pressure from state and local officials. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon were especially vocal about the need to close Yellowstone.

“The National Park Service listened to the concerns from our local partners and, based on current health guidance, temporarily closed the parks,” Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly and Grand Teton acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said in a statement.

The parks join a growing list of national park sites from New York to California that have closed, including the Statue of Liberty and Alcatraz.

Rocky Mountain National Park closed indefinitely on Friday after a local mayor asked Bernhardt to do so to protect Estes Park, a gateway town where park visitors in pursuit of ice cream and souvenirs crowd the sidewalks during nice weather.

Yosemite, whose striking features like Half-Dome draws about 4 million visitors a year, closed indefinitely on Friday at the request of local health officials to all people except park employees, concessionaires and residents with homes inside the park’s boundaries.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt had promised last week that at parks still open, entrance fees would be temporarily waived to make it easier for people to get outdoors and “implement some social distancing.” He gave individual park superintendents the power to close or modify operations to adhere to health safety recommendations from the White House and Centers for Disease Control.

Other parks that remain open have closed shuttles, campgrounds, visitor centers and some trails to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Zion National Park in Utah announced Monday it is closing its campgrounds and part of a popular trail called Angel’s Landing that remained crowded with people over the weekend. The park tweeted on Sunday with a picture of the trail taken on Saturday and the caption, “Practice #SocialDistancing! CDC says to avoid groups larger than 10 and stay 6 feet apart. You can help slow the spread of COVID-19! We do not recommend hiking busy narrow trails (like Angels Landing).”

The top part of the hike that is being closed is bordered by steep drops and ascends some 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the southern Utah park’s red-rock cliffs, offering sweeping views. Park officials had previously closed shuttles used to take people through a narrow canyon.......



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Re: put it in 'park'?!.....some National Parks closing due to coronavirus....
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: March 25, 2020 10:52AM
It's so far past time for this.

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Re: put it in 'park'?!.....some National Parks closing due to coronavirus....
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 25, 2020 11:16AM
So it's your-ass-sick parks?
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Re: put it in 'park'?!.....some National Parks closing due to coronavirus....
Posted by: rz
Date: March 25, 2020 01:35PM
Our local botanical garden is still open. I've been there at lunch the last two days, and there's only been maybe a dozen people there total (it's probably over 100 acres). But our county is going under a mandatory "stay at home" starting tomorrow night at 11:00pm, so I figure tomorrow will be the last day they'll be open for a while.
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Re: put it in 'park'?!.....some National Parks closing due to coronavirus....
Posted by: bfd
Date: March 25, 2020 02:16PM
Having been to Yellowstone last April, the few areas of the park that remain open during the winter are inundated with busloads of foreign tourists. Probably a good plan… the animals will get a break from the crowds.

Closer to home, all the beaches, parks, trails, lakes are closed for now. PD and Sheriff's Dept are handling security to make sure they stay that way. Right now, it's "educating the public", but it won't be long before they start handing out citations.

Lock'em Down, Danno!

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Re: put it in 'park'?!.....some National Parks closing due to coronavirus....
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 25, 2020 09:29PM
homo sapiens can be the stupidest of all the animal.
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