Parks Canada suspending visitor services at national parks

Mar 17 2020, 9:30 am

Parks Canada will be suspending visitor services at national parks until further notice.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Tuesday morning during a coronavirus update, noting that the suspension includes both national parks throughout the country and historic sites.

“What that means for our parks is that pretty much anything with a door will be closed,” Trudeau said at the press conference.

He also urged Canadians to stay inside as much as possible, as social distancing is the best thing Canadians can do to support doctors and nurses on the frontlines of this pandemic.

“I know people would probably prefer to just carry on as normal, I would too, but we all must take all action through social distancing to protect our health and the health of others.”

Trudeau also announced a $5,000 emergency loan for Canadian abroad who are trying to get home, as well as a full cabinet meeting scheduled for this afternoon and actions to support Canada’s economy being announced tomorrow.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.