Democrats and parks advocates are putting pressure on the Trump administration to close national parks amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Several have sent letters to the Trump administration on Tuesday urging for the parks to be closed as people flock to national parks throughout the country for relief amid stay-home-orders enacted to stem the spread of the pandemic. As a result, advocates and health experts have expressed concern that the influx of visitors will put the staff and the visitors at risk for contracting the coronavirus. ADVERTISEMENTThere has also been internal pressure for closure at the Grand Canyon, where one resident was recently diagnosed with COVID-19.Some national parks have closed, and the National Park Service (NPS) told The Hill in a statement last week that decisions about whether to close parks were ”being made on a park-by-park basis by the respective superintendent, using the most current guidance from state and local health authorities, in support of the CDC’s effort to promote social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”A group of 10 House Democrats, including Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chairwoman Deb HaalandDebra HaalandWe must demand our government decrease emissions from federal public lands Asian Pacific… Read full this story
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