Idaho state campgrounds to close Friday

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BOISE, Idaho — All Idaho State campgrounds will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 27 to comply with Governor Brad Little’s recent stay-at-home order.

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Idaho State Parks remain open for recreational usage during the day, but no new camping reservations will be accepted. The camping ban runs through May 15 at the earliest.

“A combination of factors led to the closure decision,” said David Langhorst, director of Idaho Parks and Recreation, on the organization’s website. “Besides the stay-home order, concerns arose over the ability to maintain social distancing within concentrated campsites. Also, some communities expressed concerns about attracting out-of-area visitors and the potential for increased virus transmission.”

Little’s mandate does not prohibit outdoor activity — it encourages it as long as proper social distancing protocols are followed.

Additionally, Idaho Parks and Recreation has cancelled all recreational education programs.

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