BISMARCK, ND – Federal authorities are banning the recreational use of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The National Park Service said Thursday the park was closed to visitors until further notice.
The park is the main tourist attraction in the state, attracting more than 700,000 visitors per year.
The shutdown comes a day after North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum extended an order to keep most businesses closed until at least the end of the month in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier Wednesday, a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Grand Forks suspended operations and said it would organize tests for hundreds of employees and their immediate families for the coronavirus due to an outbreak at the facility .
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia.
Sign up now to receive the latest coronavirus headlines and other important local and national news daily to your inbox.