Your national parks are *free* during coronavirus

Your national parks are *free* during coronavirus

After a woefully delayed, sluggish decision to finally close down the crowded parts of parks during the deteriorating coronavirus pandemic, the National Park Service said Wednesday it would now waive entrance fees during the crisis. 

Entrance fees are suspended indeterminately at parks that remain open. As former Park Service director Jon Jarvis told Mashable on Monday, it’s critical to keep parks open right now, to provide us the open space we need to escape increasingly necessary, but severe, social distancing guidance — which often means staying inside when we’re in our communities.

Importantly, the agency has given parks the ability to close down their crowded, problematic areas — namely, visitor centers where people congregate. Social distancing means staying six feet away from people, according to the CDC. The health agency now recommends canceling all mass gatherings to limit the spread of coronavirus infection, which leads to the respiratory disease COVID-19. Read more…

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