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All state parks closed

By Staff | Mar 23, 2020
Lovers Key State Park on Friday.
Lovers Key State Park on Friday.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has closed all parks in the state, it was announced Monday.

The DEP made the announcement at the direction of Governor DeSantis and “to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people,” according to a statement issued by the department.

According to the statement, the DEP said it has taken “many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Over the weekend, the DEP closed its beach parks but said that hiking and biking would still be allowed at its other parks. Those were all canceled on Monday.