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Calls to close US national parks as rise in visitors raises coronavirus fears

07.04.2020
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More than half the National Park Service's unit remain open but local police and health officials are urging people to stay awayCoronavirus - latest US updatesCoronavirus - latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs mild temperatures and spring blooms emerged in southern Utah this past weekend, so did the tourists. At Capitol Reef national park, the trailhead parking lot was full of cars bearing plates from states such as California, Washington, Colorado and Georgia, all Covid-19 hotspots. The hikers were either oblivious to or ignoring the plea from the local sheriff's office that outsiders stay away."While we would normally welcome visitors to enjoy the beauty of Wayne county, we really don't want visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic," stated a 3 April post on the sheriff's Facebook page. Wayne county, where Capitol Reef is located, has 2,600 residents and little in the way of healthcare services. "If you don't live here, please don't come here." Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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