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Many sports, NBA, March Madness, MLB etc have canceled or postponed their season, many attractions, Disney, Legoland, Bush Gardens, Universal Studios etc. have temporarily closed and now I have even heard that all Apple retail stores are closing. Will the Federal Government close the National Parks in the near future? I hope not, but if they don’t would go visit?

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I just got word that my volunteer district won't be using volunteers at some locations for the time being. Like the front desk at the Ranger Station,

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On NPS closures, I found this information on the NPS, About Us pages stating as of March 15:

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Park and Facility Closures

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the below parks and facilities are temporarily closed. Updates will be posted to the park's website and social media channels.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Please see Golden Gate National Recreation Area's temporary closure advisory page for additional details, or visit the park links below.

National Mall and Memorial Parks

 

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I would prefer an abundance of caution in advance and hear all the complaints afterwards that it wasn't as bad a predicted than to not act and incur the worst case scenarios.

Alternatives to our travels:

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14 minutes ago, Velos said:

I would prefer an abundance of caution in advance and hear all the complaints afterwards that it wasn't as bad a predicted than to not act and incur the worst case scenarios.

Bingo!  Caution is the key word, not panic.  I like your list, alot of common sense and suggestions there.  We are not on the road so it is a good time to continue, for us, to work on our home, paint, continue working on re-modeling.  Soon as it warms up a few degrees, I will do some much needed work on our camper.  Might put traveling out of state off a month or so.

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4 hours ago, markandkim said:

Hey, at least in CA. you can pull over on any city street and camp as long as you want.

OR and WA too.

Who's running those places anyway?

Interesting that we haven't heard anything about how the homeless are dealing with this.  Do they even have hand sanitizers?  Are they even aware of what's going on?  

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7 minutes ago, 2gypsies said:

Interesting that we haven't heard anything about how the homeless are dealing with this.  Do they even have hand sanitizers?  Are they even aware of what's going on?  

Just because a person happens to be homeless doesn't mean they are out of touch . Many are much more 'aware' than a lot of folks that are homed .

I'd think that any shelters would be prepared ...

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I saw a report, unconfirmed, that New Mexico parks have closed their campgrounds and so have at least some of the NM COE campgrounds.

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EL PASO, Texas (KSTM) — Starting Monday, all New Mexico state parks will be closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has directed the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to close all New Mexico state parks and cancel all events through April 9.

The closure could be extended if needed.

EMNRD sais there will be law enforcement presence at all parks to “ensure the protection of natural resources.”

Visitors with overnight camping reservations will be issued a full refund.

Looks like it is true. AZ is open:

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Arizona State Parks and Trails is open for visitors! We are committed to providing a safe and healthy experience for our visitors and have campsites, cabins, and hiking trails open at more than 30 state parks across Arizona. We are monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus for our state.

Utah:

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The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation takes the health and safety of our visitors seriously. At this time all 44 state parks remain open and fully operational.

Nothing on the CO website. Cali is open. WA is open and that's all I'm checking. Nothing on the main COE website tho.

 

One other thing I saw earlier: Canada is closing their borders, period. No getty in.

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3 hours ago, agesilaus said:

One other thing I saw earlier: Canada is closing their borders, period. No getty in.

"Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada at this time."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canada-shutting-the-border-to-most-non-citizens-due-to-covid-19-pm-trudeau-1.4854503

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I hope that they do not close them. I’m going to start hitting them up in a week or so. Death Valley, Sequoia and Yosemite just to name a few. I would think you are safer there away from a lot people and hiking in nature. 

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If the national parks close I hope they lock the gates this time to avoid the vandalism and garbage that happened last time.

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23 minutes ago, 2gypsies said:

If the national parks close I hope they lock the gates this time to avoid the vandalism and garbage that happened last time.

I agree completely. We were staying at a SKP co-op outside of Carlsbad when the government was shut down. But at other parks we visited after the Rangers were telling us about all of the destructive things people did. I almost wish they had cameras so they could have caught them and prosecuted them fully. And when they got out they would have to serve 1000’s of hours volunteering in the park that they mistreated. Maybe that would make them understand and appreciate the Park that they damaged.

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Death Valley's Facebook page said yesterday that, while the park is open, the Visitor's Centers will be closed.

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Our son in KY got an email from Recreation.gov that canceled his reservation for a COE park there stating that the park will be closed through May 16. 

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13 hours ago, rynosback said:

I hope that they do not close them. I’m going to start hitting them up in a week or so. Death Valley, Sequoia and Yosemite just to name a few. I would think you are safer there away from a lot people and hiking in nature. 

You just named one of the most crowded parks, Yosemite. Yellowstone, Zion, and Grand Canyon are also very popular. Don’t think they would be safer. 

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I received my weekly National Parks Traveler edition today and the story there is that the superintendents have been given the authority to close up facilities as necessary.  The story was lengthy and you can go to their website for the complete details.

Visitor facilities and services across the National Park System began closing Tuesday, hours after park superintendents were given the authority to do what they thought best to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the parks.

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On 3/17/2020 at 8:11 AM, LindaH said:

Death Valley's Facebook page said yesterday that, while the park is open, the Visitor's Centers will be closed.

Same with Great Smoky Mountain NP.

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  • Just read that the parks that tried to stay open had thefts of toilet paper, sanitizer and crowding that did not allow them to continue to be in compliance with CDC.  Not a place I would want to stay anyway.

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TP, Kleenex and paper towels have reappeared in our stores. Limit 1 package per visit. The hysterical panic is subsiding slowly here locally. I saw someone with bottled water in his cart too. There are still odd empty spots on the shelves tho

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