PORTER, Ind. (AP) -
The Indiana Dunes National Park will reopen part of a local beach in time
for the Memorial Day weekend, but beachgoers will be monitored to make sure
they adhere to coronavirus pandemic safeguards, a park official said
The national park
temporarily closed its portion of Porter Beach on Lake Michigan on May 6,
citing “unsafe health conditions” created by overcrowding, unsafe sanitation
practices and a lack of social distancing.
Bruce Rowe said Tuesday that the park would reopen its stretch of Porter
Beach, beach parking lots and restroom facilities on Saturday, The
(Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
The beach will be
closed again, however, “to protect public health” if visitors are found to
be disregarding pandemic precautions, he said.
“We are urging our
visitors to stay safe by practicing social distancing on the beaches to
protect their health and that of other visitors,” Rowe said.
The town of Porter
said in a statement Tuesday that its town council has decided to reopen its
part of the beach and its parking lot once the national park reopens its
beach and facilities.
All of the national
park’s trails and most of its beaches have remained open during the
In February 2019,
the 15,000-acre park along the southern shore of Lake Michigan became the
first national park in Indiana.