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DNR says 'no' to campers at state parks, restricts access to day use only

The move is to "help ensure the health of all Minnesotans."

It seems nothing is fully immune to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, not even Minnesota's state parks. 

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is temporarily banning any camping and lodging at the state's nature parks, forests and recreation areas:

The sites will be available "for day use only" until May 1, the DNR says in the Saturday tweet. 

The agency's move, intended to "help ensure the health of all Minnesotans," is aimed at supporting social distancing initiatives. 

Though state parks, Minnesota waters and public lands remain open during the crisis, the DNR urges visitors to follow the state's social distancing guidelines and not congregate outdoors.

As the DNR points out, Minnesotans are still permitted to enjoy outdoor activities (including walking, running, and fishing and hunting) during Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order. 

You can get the agency's full response to COVID-19 by clicking here. 

As of this weekend, Minnesota has 441 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with five people having died of the virus in the state so far.

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