Close Grand Canyon National Park COVID-19
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Grand Canyon National Park has a community of 2,500-3,000 people within it. Many do not have an option to leave.
On March 18th the Department of Interior (DOI) not only announced waiving entrance fees, but that they “offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature, and implement social distancing.”
Grand Canyon cannot sustain both its community and an impeding, unchecked, visitor population. Our “local” large scale medical center is 1.5 hours away. Our “local” Walmart or Target is 1.5 hours away. Our local team of, wonderful, first responders are just as important to remember during this time.
I ask that we close Grand Canyon National Park for a period of time to outside visitors, so the community members who care for this resource, more deeply than many could understand, can focus on their health and well-being.
Grand Canyon National Park simply cannot afford to split its medical needs at this time.
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