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Acadia National Park effectively shuts down because of coronavirus

Maine's Acadia National Park.
Maine's Acadia National Park.The Boston Globe/Boston Globe

Acadia National Park is effectively shutting down in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Park officials announced the closing of the carriage trails, Park Loop Road, campgrounds, visitor centers, visitor services and all restrooms until further notice. The only remaining park services will be those that support protection of the natural resources.

Park officials said the move complies with state and local orders aimed at preventing gatherings and promoting social distancing.

David MacDonald, president of Friends of Acadia, called it “prudent action.”

“The announced closures show that the park’s top priority is protecting the safety of the public, its staff, volunteers, partners and neighbors," he said.


Elsewhere in Maine, town officials have closed beaches in York, Wells, Ogunquit and Kittery in response to gatherings of large numbers of people.