BIG BEND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Big Bend National Park will temporarily close due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
In a release Friday morning, Park officials announced the Park, along with the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River will be closed to all visitors until further notice in response to a letter from the Brewster County and Texas State Health Services departments.
Park employees, residents, and other authorized personnel will be the only people allowed inside, according to the release.
Through traffic is prohibited as will travel on Terlingua Ranch Road within the park boundaries, officials say.
“The National Park Service listened to the concerns from our local partners and, based on current health guidance, temporarily closed the parks,” said Big Bend National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. “We are committed to continued close coordination with our state and local partners as we progress through this closure period and are prepared when the timing is right to reopen as quickly and safely as possible.”
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