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USNPS officials from park to HQ support closing Grand Canyon NP—but haven't ordered it

Grand Canyon National Park remained open Saturday, days after the National Park Service's leadership team "supported" the park's closure due to the coronavirus pandemic and despite calls from local government and health officials that it be closed and internal recognition that the pandemic "is on a scale that we have never seen before."

As parks from coast to coast -- from Muir Woods National Monument and Yosemite in California to Yellowstone in Wyoming and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Masschusetts -- either closed or greatly restricted visitor access, the decision to keep open Grand Canyon and Zion national parks, two destinations particularly popular for spring break, stood out.

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