The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending its suspension of entrance fees at national wildlife refuges through April. “Refuges are special outdoor experiences to recreate and embrace nature while social distancing and adhering to public health guidance,” the USFWS announced in a tweet last week.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt called for fee suspensions at national parks, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management fee areas in mid-March to help the public cope with isolation efforts to contain COVID-19. Since then, several national parks have closed, including Yellowstone, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Park, over concerns about park crowding and impacts on nearby communities.
The USFWS asks visitors to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, including maintaining safe distances from others.