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Capitol Reef National Park Closes In Utah Amid Pandemic

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All five of Utah’s national parks are closed after Capitol Reef officials announced Thursday they are shutting their gates to prevent further spread of the new Coronavirus.

The park known for its sandstone cliffs was the last national park still open in Utah after Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands had previously closed under pressure from local government and health officials.

Capitol Reef’s decision comes after Utah Governor Gary Herbert this week urged people to stay close to home even though it is Easter week and spring break for many state residents.

Grand Canyon National Park also has closed to the public to enforce physical distancing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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