State parks packed, officials ask public to take recreation safety measures seriously
Hundreds of out of state and out of country visitors came to Snow Canyon State Park the day after Governor Herbert issued a directive which only allows residents of the county in which the park is located to visit.
The parking lot was filled with cars bearing not only Utah license plates, but plates from surrounding states. In addition, despite social distancing guidelines set forth by Gov. Herbert’s directive, many visitors were congregating near trailheads.
“It’s safe to say the park has been very busy,” Snow Canyon State Park manager, Kristen Comella, said, adding that many people are not practicing safe social distancing.
“People need to take the virus seriously,” she said.
Due to the high volume of park visitors, Comella said park staff decided to close entrance booths for the health and safety of park visitors and staff.
Signs are clearly posted at entrance booths stating that only Washington County residents are currently allowed to recreate at the park.
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