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Grand Canyon National Park closes due to coronavirus

(Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)

PHOENIX — The Grand Canyon National Park closed Wednesday due to the coronavirus, the National Park Service announced.

The Coconino County Health and Human Services recommended the full closure of the park earlier in the day.

“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,” Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said in a statement.

“As soon as we received the letter from the Health and Human Services Director and Chief Health Officer for Coconino County recommending the closure of Grand Canyon National Park, we closed the park.”

On Wednesday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported there had been 1,413 cases and 29 deaths from the coronavirus in the state.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an order to stay-at-home except for essential needs that went into effect Tuesday and is scheduled to last until set at least April 30.

The National Park Service encouraged people who wanted to see the Grand Canyon to use online tools including Webcamsvirtual tours, photo galleries and social media.


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