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State Parks preparing for busy holiday weekend, weather permitting

Posted at 9:38 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 23:39:21-04

UTAH -- More people are heading to state parks than normal, Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Eugene Swalberg said. If the weather is nice, this holiday weekend is expected to be busy. If you want to spend the holiday weekend at a state park you should arrive early, Swalberg said.

“There will be some limited capacity at our state parks in order for folks to social distance, to practice responsible recreation,” he said.

Many parks are likely to hit capacity, something many state parks have already experienced this year. The state parks capacity level will depend largely on who is visiting, Swalberg said.

“If they are all congregating in an area and not doing very well at social distancing, that’s going to limit the number of people coming in,” he said.

Many people are wearing masks and taking extra precautions against COVID-19 like Linda Martinez Saville, along with her friends and family.

“We are staying far apart from each other even though we love each other,” she said.

People need to remember to recreate responsibly, Swalberg said.

“We have law enforcement personnel that will be out and about, we have park personnel that are going to be making their rounds,” he said.

You can check each individual state park’s social media to see if they have reached capacity.