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Glacier National Park unsure of when it will reopen

Posted at 3:48 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 17:48:42-04

It is uncertain when Glacier National Park will re open now that Governor Steve Bullock announced a phased reopening for Montana during the Coronavirus outbreak.

On Thursday, Superintendent of the park Jeff Mow told MTN News that when the park will open will be a coordinated effort between the state, county and the park's tribal partners.

He explained that it's possible the park could reopen in phase three of Bullock's plan, since that includes interstate travel.

However, the park has not heard any direction from the Flathead County Healthy Department on whether the park should open.

Mow says that the county's health department originally asked the park to close due to health concerns involving Coronavirus.

Mow is aware the national park attracts visitors from all over the world and says the park won't open until the park's gateway communities are comfortable with outsiders coming in.

He told MTN that the park also is looking at it's neighbors to the north for direction.

He says, Canada's parks remain closed until the end of May.

He understands that opening the park is a very dynamic situation and a balance of public health and economic activity.