Florida state parks set to reopen Monday

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday state parks will reopen Monday. There will be access to trails and some day use areas, including some beach access with limited facilities.

Visitors will be asked to practice proper social distancing and to limit group sizes to 10 or less.

“I applaud the Re-Open Florida Task Force on their hard work to inform a safe, smart and step-by-step approach to re-opening Florida,” DeSantis said. “Recreational activity provides important physical and mental health benefits, particularly during these uncertain times. This Phase One plan will allow for the thoughtful, measured re-opening of some of our state’s incredible natural resources for public recreation.”

The reopened parks will have limited facilities. Beach areas that open up in the parks will allow visitors access to active recreation only.

Those activities include walking, jogging, swimming and fishing. No sunbathing is allowed and no chairs, canopies and coolers are allowed on the beaches at this time.

Parks will open at 8 a.m. and close at sunset. Beach areas are the exception as they will have reduced daily hours that may vary locally.

Visit www.floridastateparks.org for the latest information.

Failure to comply with social distancing or approved activities may result in law enforcement action or park closure.

“Florida State Parks and Resilience and Coastal Protection managed areas offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein said. “We are excited to be welcoming visitors back and appreciate the cooperation of the public as we implement measures that will allow access while protecting both our staff and the public we serve.”

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