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COVID-19 Closes Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks Indefinitely

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News Release: Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are announcing modifications to operations at the request of local county health officers from Park County, WY, Park County, MT, Teton County, WY, and Gallatin County, MT. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are closed to all park visitors until further notice. There will be no visitor access permitted to either park. State highways and/or roads that transcend park/state boundaries and facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open. Both parks will cooperate on the implementation of the closures. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels. “The National Park Service listened to the concerns from our local partners and, based on current health guidance, temporarily closed the parks,” said Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly and Grand Teton Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail. “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." The parks encourage people to take advantage of various digital tools available to learn about Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on (nps.gov/coronavirus). Please check with (nps.gov/yell) and (nps.gov/grte) for specific details about park operations. Full release at: go.nps.gov/20013 #Covid_19 #CoronaVirus

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Both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are closed to all visitors until further notice, according to a joint news release published this morning. "State highways and/or roads that transcend park/state boundaries and facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open," according to the release, so places like Kelly, Wyoming will remain accessible.

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The closure is sure to impact the many backcountry skiers and other recreationalists who have been utilizing the Parks as a place to temporarily escape their indoor quarantine, and increase the risk of crowds in other popular areas. There is no estimated re-opening date, but the release noted that the Park Service is "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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