New restrictions placed on out-of-state visitors to Pa. state parks

Written by on November 25, 2020

New restrictions placed on out-of-state visitors to Pa. state parks

By Gabi Falk, WLVR Lehigh University Intern

November 26, 2020

Hickory Run State Park. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Parks Facebook page.

Pennsylvania state parks are closing their doors to some out-of-state residents due to the pandemic. They’ll need to have a negative COVID test within 72 hours or complete a two-week quarantine upon entering the commonwealth.

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Each year, about 25% of Pennsylvania state park visitors come from out of state. 

Cindy Dunn is the secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. 

She says state parks have seen record-breaking numbers this year as people flock to the outdoors for their mental and physical health amid the pandemic. 

“We’re hoping that all travelers and visitors will use this time number one to recreate locally, recreate safely and if you’re thinking about trips that are further away use this time to plan for them,” said Dunn.

Dunn is encouraging new Thanksgiving traditions, such as a family hike to avoid gathering with others. 

John Norbeck is the deputy secretary for parks and forestry. 

He wants Pennsylvanians to know their state parks are open for business. 

“We want folks to get out. We want them to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible way.”

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & CommunicationView all student stories.

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