Texas state parks will reopen for day use only, reservations and fees must be paid in advance online

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News

Updated 5:48 pm CDT, Friday, April 17, 2020

While Texas State Parks will reopen on Monday as part of Gov. Gregg Abbott’s plan to jump start the state’s economy, visitors will only be allowed in during the day.

Those hoping to utilize one of the state parks will have to make advance reservations and pay online, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said.

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“It’s important to note that people cannot pay fees at the park — visitors must make advance reservations and pay online,” the department said. “Starting at noon Sunday, April 19, people will be able to make day-use reservations online at www.texasstateparks.org.”

Overnight reservations for activities like camping will be allowed at a later date.

On Friday, Abbott announced the plan to lift the closure of state parks, which had been in place since April 7 during a news conference outlining the process of re-opening the state’s economy.

“We will continue to encourage social distancing and other best practices to avoid spreading the virus, and we will continue to advise our customers to know and follow local, state or federal travel restrictions and other guidance,” TPWD said. “Starting Monday, state park guidelines will include requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintaining a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.”

TPWD said more details will be shared Monday.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | [email protected] | @maddyskye

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