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USNPS public health department recommeded closing all parks in early April

Sierra magazine and Type Investigations obtained an internal memo from the National Park Service’s Public Health Department to its deputy director of operations warning of dire consequences to the health of both park employees and local communities from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the memo, written on April 3, the department recommends that the National Park Service lock down all of its sites immediately. 

At least 200 national park units remain open at the time of writing this story, even if some of the most popular parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite have closed.

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