Many national park sites are reopening after closures caused by the coronavirus but visitors should be aware services and facilities might be limited.
"In accordance with this guidance and in coordination with governors across the country, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are working to reopen the American people's national parks as rapidly as possible," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's statement read.
On their website, the National Park Service (NPS) has up-to-date information on the status of what is open and what is not. According to USA Today, some states require a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors, so it is best to visit the National Governors Association website for the latest rules and regulations.
Experts offer some advice on navigating state parks during the pandemic, according to USA Today, and how to stay safe.
- Postpone challenging hikes that might require first responders and medical personal to conduct search and rescue, diverting their focus from the pandemic response.
- Most campgrounds in parks remain closed while trash collection and restroom facilities might be limited.
- Travel in groups from one household and maintain social distancing from other visitors. Have face masks on hand for potential close encounters.
- The NPS said on its public health update page, it urges visitors to park only in designated areas and bring all their supplies with them.
- Plan your visit during off hours to reduce exposure to others and avoid crowded trail-heads or overlooks, said NPS.
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