“All vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians are prohibited from entering any park areas, including campgrounds, trails, backcountry, and roads,” said Lynn McAloon, a spokesperson for the Southeast Utah Group of parks. “Any recreational use of the parks is in violation of this closure. We regret any inconvenience or hardship this may cause.”
The announcement came within minutes of an order from Gov. Herbert that restricts Utahns from doing any nonessential travel. It also came two days after the Southeast Utah Health Department requested such a closure of the two parks.
Many National Parks, including Yellowstone National Park, had closed to the public previously, at the behest of local officials near the areas.
This story has been updated with additional information.