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Florida state parks closed beginning March 23 to follow CDC guidelines

Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Florida state parks to close under CDC guidelines.
Credit: AP
In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2019, photo, a roseate spoonbill searches or food at a mangrove key on Florida Bay at Everglades National Park, Fla. The species is listed as State-designated threatened primarily due to habitat degradation.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

FLORIDA, USA — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Florida's Department of Environmental Protection closed all Florida state parks effective Monday, March 23.

Florida State Parks tweeted the announcement Sunday:

DEP says it is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people.

It said, "We appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our award winning state parks as soon as possible."

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