ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Officials here on Thursday, March 26, closed Ocean Drive along with all restrooms and winter visitor centers, and suspended off-season visitor services. The Park Loop Road, which was closed as usual for the winter, and the Carriage Roads, which were closed earlier this month due to mud season, will remain closed until further notice. Campgrounds will remain closed.
The adjustments in operations were made in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and with guidance from the State of Maine CDC and other health authorities.
The park had been urged by officials in area towns and Governor Janet Mills to address visitation at a time when Maine citizens were being advised to minimize travel and maintain social distancing. Few visitor-oriented businesses remain open on Mount Desert Island and the hospital and local emergency medical services have limited capacities.
“The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acadia Public Affairs Specialist Christie Anastasia. “We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website nps.gov/acad and social media channels.
“As have many Maine individuals, businesses, and institutions, Acadia is taking prudent action in response to the Coronavirus threat,” said David MacDonald President of Friends of Acadia. “The announced closures show that the park’s top priority is protecting the safety of the public, its staff, volunteers, partners and neighbors. We stand ready to assist our partners at the park as needed in the days and weeks ahead.”
Although the FOA office in Bar Harbor is closed, staff continues to work remotely to advance organizational programs and initiatives.
The National Park Service encourages people during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.