MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local):
Thirty-four Wisconsin state parks and recreational areas closed for three weeks will be able to reopen as temperatures increase across the state and cases of coronavirus level off, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.
Evers ordered the closure of 40 state parks and recreational areas on April 10, citing overcrowding that could hasten the spread of COVID-19, mounting trash, dwindling cleaning supplies and vandalism. Maintaining the parks has been more difficult after Evers waived entrance fees and closed park offices, visitor centers and bathrooms.
Annual park passes will now be required and won't be for sale at the parks.
The parks will open with new conditions, including reduced hours and closed on Wednesdays for maintenance.
The closures included some of the state's most popular hiking and camping destinations, all in southern and southeastern Wisconsin nearest to the most populated cities of Madison and Milwaukee. Parks in the rest of the state have remained open. Popular parks that will reopen include Devil's Lake, Governor Dodge and Kettle Moraine.
Under Evers' order Tuesday, all but four of the closed parks will reopen on Friday. Natural areas that will remain closed are Gibraltar Rock; Pewit’s Nest; Parfrey’s Glen; and Dells of The Wisconsin River.