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Vis­i­tors to state parks from out­side of Pa. must get COVID-19 test or quar­an­tine for two weeks

- By Sean Adams pennlive.com Pennsylvania · New Zealand Department of Conservation

The Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources has an­nounced new re­stric­tions on out-of-state vis­i­tors to Penn­syl­va­nia’s state parks, in an ef­fort to halt the grow­ing spread of COVID-19.

The new mea­sure s an­nounced Fri­day state that those trav­el­ing from out of state to visit Penn­syl­va­nia parks must ei­ther have a neg­a­tive COVID19 test within 72 hours prior to their ar­rival, or must quar­an­tine for 14 days af­ter ar­riv­ing in the state.

The new mea­sures ap­ply to res­i­dents from out of state, as well as Penn­syl­va­ni­ans who are re­turn­ing from trav­el­ing out of state. Overnight fa­cil­i­ties at state parks can­not be used for the 14-day quar­an­tine re­quire­ment. Masks must also be worn out­doors when vis­i­tors are un­able to so­cially dis­tance the re­quired six feet from one another.

The DCNR has also an­nounced that all ex­hibit halls and in­ter­pre­tive ar­eas will be closed and all in­door pro­grams can­celed, though re­strooms will still be avail­able. Out­door educationa­l and recre­ational pro­grams will be lim­ited to 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing staff or vol­un­teers or­ga­niz­ing the events.

Vis­i­tors who don’t com­ply with the new mea­sures may be fined be­tween $25 and $300, and those who refuse to mask when re­quired will be de­nied ser­vice. Vis­its and reser­va­tions will be can­celed and re­funds will be is­sued to those who do not meet the new re­quire­ments.

“Since the be­gin­ning of ef­forts to ad­dress the pan­demic, we have kept our state park and for­est lands open to all so that peo­ple can safely en­joy out­door re­cre­ation as a way to main­tain pos­i­tive phys­i­cal and men­tal health, and that will con­tinue to be the case,” said Cindy Adams Dunn, sec­re­tary of the DCNR. “We are mak­ing some changes to our overnight stays for out-of-state-vis­i­tors and our pro­gram­ming to help de­crease the spread of COVID-19.”

More in­for­ma­tion about Penn­syl­va­nia’s state parks and forests, as well as the new COVID-19 mea­sures, are avail­able on the DCNR web­site.

 ?? RICKKINTZE­L/THE MORN­ING CALL ?? A kayaker pad­dles in Lake Nock­amixon as the boater passes col­or­ful leaves at the Hay­cock boat launch at Nock­amixon State Park in Hay­cock Town­ship. The Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources has an­nounced new re­stric­tions on out-of­s­tate vis­i­tors to Penn­syl­va­nia’s state parks in an ef­fort to halt the grow­ing spread of COVID-19.
RICKKINTZE­L/THE MORN­ING CALL A kayaker pad­dles in Lake Nock­amixon as the boater passes col­or­ful leaves at the Hay­cock boat launch at Nock­amixon State Park in Hay­cock Town­ship. The Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources has an­nounced new re­stric­tions on out-of­s­tate vis­i­tors to Penn­syl­va­nia’s state parks in an ef­fort to halt the grow­ing spread of COVID-19.

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