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Dems urge Bernhardt to close all NPs; situation at Grand Canyon NP tense as positive case disclosed

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt faced renewed calls Tuesday to close down the National Park System in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, while at Grand Canyon National Park nerves were fraying among some workers who couldn't understand why the park remained open.

"It is frightening that you continue to allow and encourage park visitation," the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks told Bernhardt in a letter Tuesday. "Your inaction and failure to support the recommendations of experienced (National Park Service) managers and their local communities is putting NPS employees and local gateway community members at serious risk to exposure to the virus potentially carried by travelers from outside the local area."

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