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As the nation makes drastic changes to everyday life to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many national and state parks are closing to the public.

The closures come as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain social distancing guidelines and a growing number of states impose shutdowns of nonessential businesses

The National Park Service has closed at least a dozen park sites and modified operations at many others. Modifications include closing restrooms and visitor centers or allowing only hiking areas and trails to remain open.

Medical experts say outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging and bike riding at parks are safe as long as you're not doing it in groups. The CDC advises people to stay 6 feet away from others to avoid possible infection. 

National and state parks that have closed because of the pandemic include the following, though visitors should check individual park websites before trying to visit:

National park sites 

Florida

All 175 state parks in Florida will be closed indefinitely beginning March 23. 

Oregon 

All state parks in Oregon are closed effective March 23. 

North Carolina 

Several state parks in North Carolina including Crowders Mountain, Lake Waccamaw, Hanging Rock, Raven Rock, Fort Macon and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area are closed until further notice.

California 

California State Parks have temporarily closed all campgrounds. 

Illinois 

All Illinois state parks and wildlife areas are temporarily closed. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said it will work with governor's office and the state Department of Public Health to determine when parks should reopen. 

Pennsylvania 

Facilities at all state parks, including visitor centers, restrooms and campgrounds, will be closed until March 31. Trails, lakes and roads will be remain open to the public. 

New Mexico 

All New Mexico state parks will be closed through April 9

Washington 

All state park campgrounds are closed through April 30. 

South Carolina 

State parks will close for day use March 25 and March 26 to allow staff time to make decisions on how to maintain the park and keep employees safe. The state is still allowing visitors with camping reservations to check in. 

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