Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a press release April 7 the temporary closure of all state parks and historical sites due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The order is effective starting April 7 at 5 p.m. until Abbott's decision to lift the order.

Abbott said the closure is to help prevent large gatherings and strengthen social distancing.


"Social distancing is our best tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," Abbott said. "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."

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, staff will continue to maintain the upkeep of park facilities. All events and reservations at the parks during the closure are cancelled. Day passes will be refunded.
By Andy Li