Parks Canada closes visitor services over COVID-19
Parks Canada is taking the extraordinary step of closing up its visitor services areas as a result of COVID-19 measures in all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during his press conference the morning of March 17, anything with a doorknob is closed.
That being said, the trails aren't going anywhere.
To limit the spread of #COVID19 & reduce risks to employees and visitors, #ParksCanada is implementing a temporary closure of all its visitor facilities across the country effective midnight, Wed. March 18, until further notice. Read more: https://t.co/9N9WWprK6d #FlattenTheCurve pic.twitter.com/o1Kf1IYWyj— Parks Canada (@ParksCanada) March 17, 2020
"At this critical time, our top priority remains the health and safety of Canadians. We are doing everything we can to contain the novel coronavirus and reduce the burden on our healthcare system. We all look forward to resuming normal operations at Parks Canada places, but for now, we must follow the advice of public health experts and work together to limit the spread of COVID-19," said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
Meanwhile, Banff has declared a state of emergency and, like other jurisdictions, is limiting all gatherings to less than 50 people, including employees and customers and closing down bars.
According to Parks Canada information, visitors may use front country and backcountry areas as well as accessible green spaces. Should Canadians decide to visit, they should remember that they are always responsible for their own safety. They should consult Parks Canada’s website to be prepared for their visit and be aware of any area closures. Search and rescue services may be limited. Visitors should exercise additional caution at this time and avoid activities with safety risks.