State parks open for now


     Iowa State Parks remain open, according to a letter the Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued to state park visitors, dated March 18.

     “At this point, Iowa State Parks are open,” the letter reads. “Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and employees. During this time, we remain diligent in taking steps to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.”

     The DNR also listed tips for how park visitors can help, including:

     • According to State of Iowa recommendations, limit your group to less than 10 people when visiting a state park.

     • If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay at home for your health and the safety of others.

     • Avoid popular areas where people may congregate, and also avoid larger groups in general. Areas to avoid may include scenic overlooks, buildings, playgrounds, etc.

     • Please maintain distance between you and other park visitors according to guidelines and recommendations by health officials. Please take into consideration the health of others when spending time outdoors.

     • Pack extra soap or hand sanitizer. Please be aware that bathrooms and showers are closed seasonally every year through April 15. Due to increased use or at remote locations, soap or sanitizer may not be available.

     • Additional information on best practices for keeping you and your family safe can be found online at the CDC website.

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