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Lake Mead National Recreation Area limits access during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 18:56:32-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Lake Mead National Recreation Area has announced modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.

Starting at midnight on March 20, the Temple Bar Campground and the restroom, Nevada Telephone Cove, Six Mile Cove and Nine Mile Cove are closed. Overnight campers at these locations will be given until noon on March 22 to make alternate accommodations and leave the area.

Starting at midnight on March 20, the following trails and hot springs will be closed: Arizona Hot Spring, White Rock Canyon and Goldstrike Canyon.

Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the lakes, trails and open space areas will remain open.

The health and safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers and partners is the number one priority. The National Park Service is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For Lake Mead updates, visit their website. Please check with individual parks for specific details about other park operations.