BREAKING NEWS 1,200 acre wildfire reported five miles north of Beatty Full Story

Grand Canyon National Park closes due to coronavirus

Another iconic American park is closing to the public due to coronavirus.Grand Canyon National Park announced its closure "immediately" in a press rel...

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 6:03 AM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 3:45 PM

Another iconic American park is closing to the public due to coronavirus.

Grand Canyon National Park announced its closure 'immediately' in a press release Wednesday evening.

The country's second most popular national park, Grand Canyon welcomed nearly 6 million visitors last year.

The National Park Service says they are closing based on the recommendation of the Chief Health Officer in Coconino County, Arizona.

That's in accordance with the agency's plan to modify operations on a 'park-by-park basis,' using guidance from state and local public health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a notice on the NPS website.

'The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will continue to follow the guidance of state and local health officials in making determinations about our operations,' Interior Secretary David Bernhardt wrote in a press release.

The park already had been operating with very limited services, but had resisted a call from The Coalition to Protect America's National Parks and other groups to close down entirely in the interest of public safety.

'At Grand Canyon National Park, where almost all basic services in the park are closed, hundreds of visitors congregate at popular view-points every day,' wrote Phil Francis, the coalition's chair in a March 31 letter to Bernhardt. 'It simply defies logic and human behavior to think that people who have driven long distances to see the Canyon would not park and stand in clusters at such sites.'

Many other US national parks have already closed to visitors to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. Joshua Tree National Park had announced on March 31 that it would be completely closed to visitors effective April 1.

Yosemite National Park in California, Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, Grand Teton in Wyoming and Yellowstone (which is located in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) are also among the big headliner national parks that have closed to visitors.

On Thursday, April 2, Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia announced that it will close Friday to all park visitors until further notice. 'This includes park facilities, grounds, trails, docks, and beaches,' the seashore announced in a statement.

The park service recommends checking with individual parks before visiting. NPS also has centralized public health information and closure announcements online.

Some national seashores, recreation areas and historical sites have also closed or reduced operations.

There's no national shutdown of all 419 national park sites, which would cover more than 85 million acres of national parks, seashores, lakeshores, battlefields and more, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several US territories.

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at parks that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to aid public social distancing.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 174501

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34800568
Washington23412229
Marion20116299
Clackamas15311204
Lane11554144
Jackson9904127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes708272
Linn414263
Yamhill408775
Klamath345259
Polk342952
Malheur342758
Josephine305462
Douglas304365
Benton273218
Jefferson206432
Coos196831
Columbia153826
Union141124
Lincoln129820
Wasco128928
Hood River112429
Morrow107915
Clatsop8918
Crook87819
Baker85614
Curry5939
Tillamook5803
Lake4137
Grant4064
Harney3056
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3716579

Reported Deaths: 60994
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122864123628
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2945774550
San Diego2748113674
Orange2688694891
Santa Clara1169712013
Kern1078251322
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1005001643
Alameda852561477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66927782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383830
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41107560
San Francisco35993517
Santa Barbara33863446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29679311
Imperial27962719
Kings22766245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16250239
Santa Cruz15554204
Marin13860226
Yolo13559199
Shasta11677217
Butte11549196
El Dorado9719109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598263
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362151
Humboldt358737
Lake340643
Glenn235525
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned330
Medford
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 56°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 45°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 56°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 56°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 39°
Still pretty warm Monday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events