One of the most popular and America’s National parks, The Grand Canyon is now closed along with the national park cottages.
The surprising news came on Wednesday in a press after National Park Service had received a request to close the park. The request was received from Coconino County, Arizona, health officials even though the park is large enough to maintain the social distancing guidelines.
The statement released by NPS says that full closure of Grand Canyon National Park was being recommended by the Health and Human Services Director and Chief Health Officer in a letter today which was received by the National Park Services.
With the support of NPS Deputy Director, Operations, David Vela and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the decision was made to close the park until further notice after receiving the letter from the local health department.
This week, the first identified case of the virus was found in that area who was a food service employee at the Grand Canyon. As soon as the letter was received, they closed the park.
Department Secretary David Bernhardt in the NPS press release said that the guidance of the state and local health officials in determinations about the operations will be continued to follow by the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.
The Arizona Republic Newspaper reported that there are more than 1,400 cases of COVID-19 in Arizona and 29 Deaths by Wednesday morning. All the facilities were slowly closed inside the park in the last two weeks.
It also reported that the South Rim is the home for more than 2500 residents inside the park from the Grand Canyon Village and the neighbouring town of Tusayan and Valle as it was inside the National Park distance.
To protect themselves, several residents called for the park’s closure from exposure to COVID-19 and prevent the shortage of limited supplies.