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March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Delaware Water Gap NRA News Release

Delaware Water Gap NRA News Release

NPS is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

 BUSHKILL, PA – Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 17, 2020all public buildings are closed until further notice. This includes all public restrooms, volunteer- and partner-operated buildings, and the visitor information desk at Bushkill Meeting Center. Park trails and parking areas remain OPEN except those that have been closed for repairs or the winter season.  All closures are posted on the park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

 

-NPS-

 

For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area visit our website at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.