Coconino County Officials Call For Grand Canyon Closure

Published: Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:29pm
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:09pm
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On Thursday, Grand Canyon National Park closed its most popular trails, Mather campground, and backcountry permits for areas that attract a high volume of visitors. But Coconino County officials would like to see a complete shutdown of the park because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

After consulting with the park superintendent, staff and Tusayan business owners, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors have strongly urged Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to close Grand Canyon National Park.

County chairwoman Liz Archuleta said keeping the park open and allowing travelers from all over the world is an unnecessary risk.

"Frankly the visitorship at the canyon has not decreased despite the fact we have asked people to stay within their homes," Archuleta said. "We are putting people at risk — not only people who work there but the public in general."

The board calls on other local, state and federal officials to join them in calling for a temporary park closure.

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