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Canada Closes All National Parks Services Amid Coronavirus

California's Yosemite National Park has also closed all services, but some parks will remain open

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be suspending all visitor services at Canada’s national parks and historic sites starting on Wednesday.

“What that means for our parks is that pretty much anything with a door will be closed,” Trudeau said at a press conference on Tuesday. The closure is meant to help control the spread of coronavirus by minimizing groups from coming together.

“I know people would probably prefer to just carry on as normal — I would too,” he said. “But we all must take all action through social distancing to protect our health and the health of others.”

As of March 17, Canada reported nearly 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus. In California, Yosemite National Park announced that it will remain open but that services will be closed.

Most climbing gyms in Canada are now closed and it’s not recommended to go cragging, as social distancing (stay six to 10 feet away from others) should be practiced. It’s also advised that climbers should avoid getting injured, as the health care system will be pushed to its limit shortly.

Trudeau is urging Canadians to stay inside as much as possible, as social distancing is the best thing Canadians can do to support doctors and nurses on the frontlines of this pandemic.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding everyone to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of covid-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time.

Mount Temple in Banff National Park