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National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

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Posted at 5:38 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 05:43:24-04

As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from other people and wearing masks in public.

It's unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply.

If not, popular national parks known for drawing shoulder-to-shoulder summer crowds could become the next U.S. hot spots.

Park officials say they plan is to let folks guard themselves against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual national park dangers that range from altitude sickness to grizzly bears.