Connecticut forced to close parks as crowds flock to enjoy spring weather

Connecticut was forced to close several parks over the weekends due to the crowds flocking to them amid spring weather, officials said.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection closed at least 11 parks Saturday after they became too crowded under social distancing guidelines implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We have so many people coming out and enjoying the parks, which is on one hand fantastic and on another hand it is causing some difficulties,” Tom Tyler, who is the director of state parks, told NBC Connecticut.

“And folks are in close proximity to one another if we didn’t reduce capacities at some locations and people weren’t really really diligent about social distancing.”

Among the parks that reached capacity were Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown and Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury.

The park closures were temporary and they were expected to be reopened Sunday, officials said.

“I kind of joke if you’ve heard of a state park before don’t go there, go someplace else. Find a new one,” Tyler said.

With Post wires

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