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Governor Greg Abbott announces temporary closure of state parks, historic sites amid COVID-19 outbreak

The closures include Mother Neff, Lake Whitney and Fort Parker State Parks

AUSTIN, Texas —

Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) to close all state parks and historic sites as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen social distancing practices and prevent gatherings of large groups of people.

Historic sites and state parks will close to the public starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will reopen at the direction of the governor.  

"Social distancing is our best tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," said Governor Abbott. "The temporary closure of our state parks and historic sites will help us achieve this goal by preventing the gathering of large groups of people. I urge all Texans to continue to stay at home except for essential services as we respond to COVID-19. By following these social distance practices, we will overcome this challenge together."

For more information on the coronavirus, text "FACTS" to (903) 600-2600.

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