Governor Abbott Closes State Parks, Historical Sites For Social Distancing Purposes

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April 07, 2020 - 8:46 am
Dinosaur Valley State Park

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks and historical sites in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.  

The Governor made the decision to close the areas to the public in an effort to "strengthen social distancing practices and prevent gatherings of large groups of people," said a release from the governor's office.

The closure will begin at 5:00 pm today and the parks will reopen at the direction of the Governor. 

"Social distancing is out best tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," said Governor Abbott. "The temporary closure of our state parks and historic sites will help us achieve this goal by preventing the gathering of large groups of people. I urge all Texans to continue to stay at home except for essential services as we respond to COVID-19."