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South Florida National Parks Remain Open With Limited Operations. State Campgrounds Closed

The National Park Service is suspending guided tours and other activities that could help spread the COVID-19 coronavirus but keeping South Florida parks open.

Need some social distancing? South Florida’s national parks will remain open but cut back on operations to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the National Park Service said Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas national parks would remain open, along with the Big Cypress National Preserve. To lessen the risk of transmitting the virus, visitor centers were closed Tuesday, the Service said.  Ranger programs, guided tours and concessions were also suspended. Everglades National Park also closed campgrounds at Flamingo and Long Pine Key.

The state of Florida also shut down its campgrounds and suspended all group events and tours. Hunting is still allowed on state lands, officials said.

Ferry service to Dry Tortugas National Park has also been suspended. Ferry operators say if service is not resumed before customers' planned trips, they will automatically refund tickets.  

Restrooms at the national parks will remain open and are being cleaned by staff, officials said. 

To find out more and get updates, go to www.nps.gov/coronavirus and www.drytortugas.com.

Jenny Staletovich has been a journalist working in Florida for nearly 20 years.