UPDATE: Tennessee State Parks cancel all park-hosted events in response to coronavirus pandemic

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Limestone Creek at David Crockett Birthplace State Park (B.Stack/WJHL)

(WJHL) – The Tennessee State Parks have released a plan regarding COVID-19, also called the coronavirus.

According to the release on the state parks websites, the parks will remain open.

We are taking the recommended precautions from the CDC to maintain clean and sanitary public spaces (visitor centers, restrooms, etc.),” officials wrote.

On Monday, they updated their guidance and announced the cancellation of all park-hosted events through the end of March.

If you purchased a ticket to a paid event, we are working diligently to cancel and process refunds in our reservation system,” the post stated. “If you have not received a cancellation email and refund by March 19, 2020, please contact the park directly to inquire.

The also said that the cabins and hotels at the state parks will remain open. State park officials said they are following the CDC recommended precautions to clean and maintain these facilities.

Our employees have been instructed to following the guidelines set forth by the Tennessee Department of Health and Center for Disease Control,” they also wrote. “Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, bathhouses, inn room, cabins and frequently touched surfaces.  Restrooms and bathhouses are cleaned daily or more often, based upon the level of park use… We are cleaning frequently touched surfaces more frequently with a disinfectant cleaning solution.

Whether events at state parks are canceled are being determined on a park-by-park basis. Anyone with concerns about an event are urged to contact the park hosting the event.

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