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Coronavirus concerns will keep Acadia National Park effectively closed to all visitors until June 1, with camping barred until June 15, as park operators extend a shutdown first announced in late March.
Friday’s announcement of tentative start dates means that the closure of Park Loop Road — including Ocean Drive — and other park facilities, including restrooms, carriage roads, campgrounds, visitor centers, and visitor services, will be extended a month beyond the usual, gradual startup of park operations with the summer tourist season, spokeswoman Christie Anastasia said.
By extending the total ban on visitors first announced March 25, park officials are responding to concerns expressed by state and local officials working to contain the spread of the virus. As of Friday, Maine had 827 coronavirus cases spread across 15 counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 796 on Thursday.
But the ban could continue, Anastasia said.
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“Should the pandemic emergency continue, the park will re‐evaluate these dates and potentially delay them further,” Anastasia said in a statement released on Friday.
Under the new schedule, Hulls Cove Visitor Center, normally set to open May 1, will open June 1. Park campgrounds, normally set to open at varying times ranging between May 1 and May 21, will open on June 15, 2020. Campers with advance reservations will be contacted and refunds will be issued, according to the statement.
Sieur de Monts Visitor Center, which normally opens on the first Saturday in May, will open on June 15.
The operation of park concessioner services and operations may also be delayed.
Sieur de Monts Visitor Center, normally set to open first Saturday in May, delayed opening to June 15, 2020