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Some State Parks Reach Capacity, Close as DEEP Anticipates Another Day of Large Crowds

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The seasonal weather across the New England area is resulting in many people getting outside to enjoy many state parks.

On Saturday, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) had to close down several state parks after reaching capacity early in the morning. DEEP anticipates it will be similar on Sunday.

The following state parks have reached parking capacity and are now closed:

  • C.P. Huntington State Park in Bethel/Newtown/Redding
  • Millers Pond State Park in Haddam
  • Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown
  • Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford
  • Southford Falls State Park in Southbury

As Connecticut gets closer to reopening and Memorial Day Weekend, state leaders are paying close attention to how people respond and react when headed to state beaches and parks.

There are a few things to remember as the state starts to ease restrictions:

1. Practice social distancing.

2. If social distancing is not possible, beachgoers and park visitors are required to wear masks.

3. Limit groups to five or below.

4. Beach blankets are required to be at least 15 feet apart.

Governor Ned Lamont has stated that if these guidelines are not followed, he may have to close down state parks.

The state is expected to begin phase 1 of reopening Connecticut on Wednesday.

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