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IDNR Sites Closed Until Further Notice


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To prevent further spread of COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the closure of state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites throughout the state.
“We hate to close our outdoor and historic sites, especially as the weather warms and outdoor activities increase,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan. “But slowing the progression of COVID-19 through social distancing is an absolute necessity. We see the closure of our parks and other state sites and a necessary step in helping stem the spread of disease.”
Effective March 15, all IDNR-owned and -managed properties will be closed until further notice, effectively cancelling any scheduled events and all camp sites. Patrons affected by cancellation of any event are encouraged to call IDNR’s parks administrative line Monday-Friday at 217-782-6752.
“We’ll continue to work closely with the governor’s office and the Illinois Department of Health in monitoring this situation and assessing when the optimal time to reopen our facilities might be,” Callahan said. “We understand the value Illinois residents find in our state parks, historic sites and other outdoor areas and appreciate their cooperation as we navigate the uncharted territory closing our facilities brings.”

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