Alaska parks expecting more campground use during pandemic

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials said Alaska state park campgrounds expect higher than average numbers of visits because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Anchorage Daily News reported the Department of Natural Resources says there has already been a 30% to 40% increase in park use over last year.

    Most campgrounds are expected to open around May 15 depending on weather conditions.

    It is unclear if physical changes will be required at campgrounds this year but the natural resources department recommends park guests follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including social distancing and sanitizing recommendations.

    The CBJ has also reported an increase in the number of people using local parks and trails.

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