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National Park closes Porter Beach

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The National Park Service (NPS) is announcing the temporary closure of Porter Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park.

“This closure includes both the National Park beach and associated parking lots due to unsafe health conditions related to overcrowding, unsafe sanitation practices, and lack of social-distancing pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic,” NPS said in a statement released just before deadline today.

“The park reminds visitors to please comply with the CDC’s recommended safe practices and the Indiana governor’s orders associated with the pandemic when visiting the park,” NPS added. “United States law enforcement park rangers will be patrolling the area and those found violating this order could be charged criminally.”

“All park trails and most beaches of the National Park remain open,” NPS said. “Many of these areas are receiving heavy use during the pandemic. If the parking lot is full, please find another area of the park to visit so that social-distancing and public health and safety can be maintained. For the safety of the public and park staff, buildings, restrooms, and the Dunewood Campground remain closed and trash cans are not being emptied. Please use restrooms prior to visiting or leave the park if you need a restroom break. Please pack all of your trash out of the park.”



Posted 5/7/2020




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