Rep. Raúl Grijalva is calling on the to close the Grand Canyon to visitors immediately because of concerns of spreading the coronavirus.
On Friday, the Democratic Arizona congressman said the park agency has blocked such requests from him, the Navajo Nation, Coconino County officials and the park’s chief.
Grijalva is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has oversight of the National Park Service.
The agency could not be immediately reached for comment. that said: “Precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus.”
It was unclear what the new precautions were.
Grijalva said federal parks continue to attract “hundreds” of people, running afoul of official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President Donald Trump’s coronavirus