The National Park
Service (NPS) is announcing the temporary closure of Porter Beach at Indiana
Dunes National Park.
includes both the National Park beach and associated parking lots due to
unsafe health conditions related to overcrowding, unsafe sanitation
practices, and lack of social-distancing pertaining to the COVID-19
pandemic,” NPS said in a statement released just before deadline today.
“The park reminds
visitors to please comply with the CDC’s recommended safe practices and the
Indiana governor’s orders associated with the pandemic when visiting the
park,” NPS added. “United States law enforcement park rangers will be
patrolling the area and those found violating this order could be charged
“All park trails
and most beaches of the National Park remain open,” NPS said. “Many of these
areas are receiving heavy use during the pandemic. If the parking lot is
full, please find another area of the park to visit so that
social-distancing and public health and safety can be maintained. For the
safety of the public and park staff, buildings, restrooms, and the Dunewood
Campground remain closed and trash cans are not being emptied. Please use
restrooms prior to visiting or leave the park if you need a restroom break.
Please pack all of your trash out of the park.”