Forest Service warns against crowding during COVID-19 shutdowns

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Crowded sites like this during the coronavirus pandemic have National Forest managers concerned. (U.S. Forest Service)

WENATCHEE — The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is reminding visitors its recreation areas are still closed, saying heavy guest use is continuing despite COVID-19 closures.

U.S. Forest Service managers published images Tuesday on Facebook of parking lots full of cars at National Forest locations. They want users to avoid crowding while they make use of the backcountry.

Closures in the forest include all developed recreation areas like trailheads, campgrounds, day use areas, restroom, and sno-parks. If an area is crowded, the Forest Service says, please find another location.