The National Park Service continued to increase public access to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area by announcing all parking lots would be reopened by Monday, May 18. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

NPS reopens Chattahoochee parking lots

The National Park Service, using a phased approach to increase access to its facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, announced all parking areas of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area would be open as of Monday, May 18, and entry fees are waived.

However, given public health considerations, restrooms, picnic areas including shelters, and the Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center remain closed, according to the NPS announcement.

“We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers,” NPS said. “While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited.”

NPS urged the public to follow local health ordinances, avoid crowding and adhere to CDC recommendations to mitigate COVID-19 risks. Information: https://bit.ly/2zMplsQ

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