07 April 2020 – Temporary closure of state parks and historic sites

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Tourism
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: Texas
Lead People/Agency: Governor Greg Abbott

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) to close all state parks and historic sites as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen social distancing practices and prevent gatherings of large groups of people. Historic sites and state parks will close to the public starting at 5:00 PM this evening and will reopen at the direction of the Governor.
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-temporary-closure-of-state-parks-and-historic-sites

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Evidence/Justification: Social distancing is our best tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, said Governor Abbott. “The temporary closure of our state parks and historic sites will help us achieve this goal by preventing the gathering of large groups of people. I urge all Texans to continue to stay at home except for essential services as we respond to COVID-19. By following these social distance practices, we will overcome this challenge together.”