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Officials prepare for a busy Labor Day Weekend after a record-breaking summer

Chautauqua Park in Boulder ahead of Labor Day
Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 21:23:05-04

BOULDER, Colo. — After a record-breaking summer for numbers at Colorado's parks, officials say you can expect one thing this Labor day Weekend: lines.

"We are expecting it to be a busy weekend," explained Jason Clay, a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado has seen more visitors this year as visitors seek socially distant activities. Park officials are concerned that large gatherings at entrances and communal areas could potentially spread the disease.

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"If it gets to a point where it gets too crowded we can close down areas. Our park managers have the discretion to keep our visitors safe," explained Clay, who said officials will also be reminding visitors to wear masks in common-areas. "We will be doing a lot of education where people enter the parks."

To keep parks and recreation areas from becoming overcrowded, officials will limit entrances to certain areas, a similar strategy used over the 4th of July weekend where some park entrances were closed down before 9 am. But officials say there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy.

"The outdoors provides a great refuge for us all - enjoy it, but we just try to stress that you do it as safely as you can," Clay said.