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Illinois DNR: All state parks closed because of coronavirus outbreak

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ decision follows a wave similar closings statewide and nationwide.

Submitted by Brian Goddard Brian Goddard of Joliet shot this photo of the stunning falls at Matthiessen State Park in LaSalle County.
Brian Goddard of Joliet shot this photo of the stunning falls at Matthiessen State Park in LaSalle County; as of Sunday afternoon, all IDNR sites are closed.
Submitted by Brian Goddard

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Sunday afternoon closed all state parks and related sites because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Effective immediately, all IDNR-owned properties are closed to the public to help stem the spread of #COVID19,” the department said on Twitter. “All events on state property are cancelled; patrons are encouraged to call IDNR’s Parks administrative line M-F at 217-782-6752 with questions.”

The move affects some of the state’s top tourist sites, including Starved Rock State Park near Utica.