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Published: March 28, 2020


IN AN EFFORT TO FLATTEN THE CURVE OF COVID-19 WHILE CONTINUING TO SERVE TENNESSEANS, TENNESSEE STATE PARKS IS JOINING THE C-D-C AND THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BY ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS NOT TO TRAVEL, BUT TO VISIT ONLY THEIR NEARBY PARKS. THE PARK SYSTEM IS ALSO ANNOUNCING A SERIES OF OPERATIONAL CHANGES THAT WENT INTO EFFECT THIS WEEK INCLUDING DAY USE SCHEDULES FOR ALL 56 STATE PARKS, OPENING DAILY FROM 7 A.M. - 6 P.M. THE NEW SCHEDULE WILL BE IN PLACE UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 10TH.  DURING THIS PERIOD, ALL PUBLIC GATHERING SPACES SUCH AS VISITOR CENTERS, SHELTERS AND PLAYGROUNDS AT STATE PARKS WILL BE CLOSED. ADDITIONALLY, PARKS CABINS, LODGES AND CAMPGROUNDS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED. ALONG WITH THE NEW SCHEDULES AND CLOSURES, TENNESSEE STATE PARKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGE GUESTS TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FOLLOW GUIDELINES FOR HYGIENE WHILE VISITING THE PARKS. LIMITED RESTROOMS AND BATH HOUSES WILL REMAIN OPEN THAT WILL BE CLEANED BASED ON ESTABLISHED CLEANING PROTOCOLS IN THE PARKS.