In another effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Bureau of Parks & Lands officials have closed the following parks until April 8th.

Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Fort Popham, Fort Baldwin, Kettle Cove State Park, Two Lights State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, and Mackworth Island.

Depending on the spread of coronavirus within Maine, the closures may be extending beyond April 8th.

"Closing any of our State Parks is the last thing we want to do," DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal stated on Maine.gov. "We are keeping as many parks as possible open, and we encourage people to look for ways to take much-needed breaks in the outdoors that allow them to avoid crowded places and maintain physical distancing."

Yesterday, Maine officials urged residents to "Go where they aren't", in an effort to direct people away from areas that were becoming overcrowded during this time of self isolation and social distancing.

The Bureau of Public Lands reported recent heavy use at Sebago Lake State Park, Range Pond State Park, Wolfe’s Neck State Park and Bradbury Mountain State Park, and additional measures may be taken there as well in the near future.

The Bureau of Parks & Lands has set up a webpage with a list of park closures and descriptions of curtailed services at www.parksandlands.com/covid19.  Park officials will monitor the parks that have been closed to make sure that people are respecting the closures.

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