National, Provincial Parks To Remain Closed Over May Long Weekend

Those who planned on going to a park for the May Long Weekend are being advised to look at other alternatives.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, the federal government is keeping all national parks closed until at least May 31.

Victoria Day takes place on May 18.

“Parks Canada is taking these additional measures to help keep people safe,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

‘We must all continue to do our part to flatten the curve, look out for one another, and make choices that will help reduce the pressure on our health care system.”

The government of Alberta says it’s unlikely provincial parks will be open for the long weekend.

Spokesperson Jess Sinclair says their modeling suggests Victoria Day will most likely coincide with an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

“We also have an obligation to protect the health and safety of our park workers which can be enhanced by reducing any unnecessary gatherings in our park’s facilities.”

Despite the weather getting warmer, the GoA is still asking Albertans to only leave their homes if necessary. Those who don’t follow the measures against the virus could be fined.

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