Zion National Park set to reopen May 13th

Couple preparing to take in the beauty of a Kolob Canyon Hike

 Zion National Park announced plans to allow recreational access to select areas within the park. This move is following the White House “Opening Up America Again” guidelines, along with the support of state and local officials. Information regarding the specifics of what is included in the opening will be provided in the days to come. With the park’s imminent opening, park officials are recommitting to protect visitors, employees, and volunteers’ health and safety. Measures, including limited parking spaces, will be taken to comply with local public health guidelines.

While park officials are working tirelessly to protect the health and safety of park guests, visitors to the park can and are encouraged to follow the CDC and the Coronavirus task force’s “Slow The Spread” guidelines.  

What does the CDC recommend?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been working closely with the White House Coronavirus Task Force in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in America. While most of the country is reopening, now is not the time to ease our virus mitigation efforts, according to the CDC. Simple actions can be taken to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The CDC recommends that if you are showing any of the following symptoms, to stay home and stay away from others:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell and/or taste

For those who are not exhibiting any symptoms, the CDC has the following guidelines in place, mainly because the novel Coronavirus spreads asymptomatically:

  • Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet between others
  • Wear a cloth face mask while in public
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often

With the reopening of Zion National Park, many are going to take advantage of the open air and space. While exploring the park, practice the guidelines given by the CDC, to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the beauty that Zion National Park has to offer, in a safe and responsible matter.

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