Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is urging park service officials to keep Grand Canyon National Park closed because of concerns of COVID-19.
The canyon's North Rim also will reopen June 5.
Beginning May 29, Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim's entrance will be open every day from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m for day use, with limited commercial services.
Beginning May 28, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is allowing access to select campgrounds, fee station, boat launch areas and restrooms.
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Although the city of Williams has begun reopening with retail stores, restaurants and beauty salons back in business, the Williams City Council has decided to keep the Williams Aquatic Center and Recreation Center closed — for now.
The park will be open May 22-25 from 4-10 a.m.
The South Rim entrance will be open from 4-10 a.m. for visitors to enter the park.
Frustration boiled over May 15 in Pinal County, where the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to sue over the money.
Northern Arizona Healthcare reported there were 166 patients at Flagstaff Medical Center May 18, with 26 COVID-19 patients. The ICU had 40 patients.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez expressed his disappointment after Grand Canyon National Park announced a phased re-opening starting May 15.
As Grand Canyon National Park’s phased reopening began May 15, the Tusayan Town Council is shifting its focus from immediate emergency response to future planning.
“(We) hoped that when the Grand Canyon closed on April 1, the park would remain closed until our positive COVID-19 numbers have flattened,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
“If you are looking to get out of your house safely, we have some ideas,” said Laura Chastain, General Manager of the Grand Canyon Chamber & Visitor Bureau.
Grand Canyon National Park has announced it is increasing visitor access to some viewpoints on the South Rim starting May 15.
The most basic measures to fight the virus' spread — handwashing and isolation — can be difficult.
"This is not a green light to speed," Ducey said. "This is a green light to proceed, and we're going to proceed with caution."
“Our community has had an awesome response to the Testing Blitz,” said Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta.
There are 713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Coconino County and 56 deaths.
So far, the town has been able to secure bulk orders through local distributors Shamrock and Mission to obtain an estimated 22,000 face masks as well as 60 cases of gloves.
Visitor centers and campgrounds remain largely shuttered at Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, but visitors are welcome at some of the sites.
As spring turns to summer, quarantine conversation have shifted more to what re-opening might look like at the Grand Canyon.
On May 6, the town of Tusayan held the first of two public hearings regarding the adaptation of an alternative expenditure limitation, otherwise known as Home Rule.
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Now, more than ever, the internet is an essential part of daily life. Under shelter in place orders, work, school and communications have largely taken place online.
An end to the lockdown in Gallup would likely mean stricter restrictions at Zuni.
Most of the 20 people, including two staff members, with COVID-19 showed no symptoms.
The delays come as the U.S. Labor Department reported May 8 that the national unemployment rate hit 14.7 percent in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression.
“We’re trying our hardest to provide responsive public safety, reliable utilities, solid infrastructure, and quality recreational facilities for our citizens and our valued guests," said city manager Chase Waggoner.
Tourists with reservations during the time of the suspension will be contacted and will have the opportunity to reschedule their reservation for dates within the 2021 season.
Ducey said restaurants can open May 11 and salons and barber shops can open Friday, May 8.