Listen Now: National Parks Reopening. Too Soon?
National parks are reopening, and it could be the perfect place to get a little distance.
After shutting its gates for the pandemic, The National Park Service is starting to test public access to some locations around the country. According to USA Today, one spot was Bryce Canyon in Utah. While visitor centers and the campgrounds were still closed, some hiking trails were open for business.
Visitors say they felt it was the right move because opening everything would have brought in too many people. However, that might not be the case for long. Park rangers are worried things could change as word gets out that the park is open and is not collecting entry fees.
But for now, rangers are coming back to work to patrol the trails and roads. Before they can report for duty any seasonal employees must quarantine for fourteen days before getting back on the job. Workers are also being closely watched in case of close contact with each other or with visitors.
Right now, only a handful of parks are open… let’s see if the rest follow.
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