In an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 while continuing to serve people in Giles County and surrounding areas, Tennessee Parks are joining the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health by encouraging residents not to travel, but to visit only their nearby parks.

Tennessee Parks will transition to day use schedules for all 56 state parks, opening daily from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. The new schedule went into effect Thursday and will be in place until at least April 10th.

During this period, all public gathering spaces such as visitor centers, park cabins, lodges, campground shelters and playgrounds at state parks will be closed.

Camps catering to large groups will be closed during the same period. Golf courses and clubhouses in the parks will also be closed. Parks events of greater than 10 people will be canceled or postponed, in accordance with Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 17.

All park-hosted events have been canceled through April 15th. Restaurants, cafes and bars will remain closed until at least April 10th.