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NPs to open step-by-step, dictated by local conditions, top officials say

National parks that have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic will reopen incrementally based on local conditions, the Interior Department's assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks told National Parks Traveler during an exclusive interview Thursday.

"As we start to think about unwinding and providing more access to parks, it’s probably going to be an incremental process," Rob Wallace said. "It’s going to be focused on visitor safety, on employee safety, on community safety, and it will probably be some kind of rolling gradual access based on where in the country you are or where the superintendents are or where David (Vela) directs his team to look first.

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