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National Park Service to Waive Entrance Fees to Aid Social Distancing; Parks Make Adjustments Amid CDC Advice

March 19, 2020
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The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at national parks in an effort to aid social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. CNN reports Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt gave the instruction to the park service. "This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors in our incredible National Parks," Bernhardt said in a news release Wednesday.
"Our vast public lands that are overseen by the Department offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing." The National Park Service has closed some parks, but most remain fully or partially open. It is, however, adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and White House guidelines by closing down some facilities and modifying operations in an attempt to keep staff members and the public from spreading the coronavirus. According to the Associated Press, there is some pushback from some employees and surrounding communities over the potential impact of large quantities of people continuing to show up in these locations.