President Trump said Wednesday that his administration would begin to reopen national parks as states relax restrictions meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“Thanks to our significant progress against the invisible enemy, I am pleased to announce that in line with my administration’s guidelines for opening up America again we will begin to reopen our national parks and public lands for the American people to enjoy,” Trump said during a tree planting ceremony at the White House recognizing Earth Day. “You have a lot of land to open up, too. People are going to be very happy,” Trump said.
The National Park Service (NPS) has closed many public sites across the country, in accordance with state and local authorities, to lessen the spread of the deadly virus, which has sickened more than 800,000 people in the U.S.