COVID-19 Updates

May 8 - Updated Safer at Home Order (Restaurant openings, but not all Park restaurants will re-open at this time).

Alabama State Parks amenities still closed at this time:

All Playgrounds - System-Wide

Swimming Pool - Rickwood Caverns State Park

Restaurant - Cheaha State Park

Swimming Pool - DeSoto State Park

Restaurant - Lakepoint State Park (moved to Marina Grill)

Swimming Pool - Lakepoint State Park

Pier - Gulf State Park (maintenance)

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April 28 - Safer at Home Order

ALABAMA BEACHES

Effective April 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., Alabama beaches are open with conditions.

  • All beaches shall be open to gatherings of fewer than 10 persons
  • Anyone using the beaches must maintain a consistent 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home)

The term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.

For more information about the beach openings, please read page 5 of the Governor’s Safer at Home Order signed April 28, 2020.

FAQs About Beaches

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April 10 - Radio Interview, State Parks Director - Greg Lein

Click here for radio interview 

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April 3 - Announcement

Outdoor recreation in Alabama is considered an essential activity in the Order of the State Health Officer that was issued on April 3, 2020. That means outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing, trail use, boating, and paddling can still be enjoyed by all Alabamians as long as groups are kept to 10 people or less and a consistent 6-foot distance between persons can be maintained. Additionally, most Alabama State Parks, including campgrounds and associated facilities remain open with some exceptions.

 

ADCNR strongly encourages everyone to observe the State Health Order and to practice CDC recommendations regarding hand washing and social distancing (maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others). Violating the State Health Order can result in criminal charges and fines.

 

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, ADCNR recommends calling individual state parks and other facilities if you have questions about reservations or operational hours.

 

For the most up-to-date information about ADCNR operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.outdooralabama.com/COVID-19.

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Alabama State Parks and associated facilities remain open with the exception of the following:

  • Beaches and beach access areas (including those in Gulf State Park and others located on lakes throughout the state)
  • Playgrounds and playground equipment
  • Cave tours at Rickwood State Park and Cathedral Caverns State Park
  • Additionally, dining operations will be modified to limit close contact of guests. Park visitors are encouraged to follow all current hand washing and social distancing guidelines.
  • For updates, please follow Alabama State Parks on social media. A social media directory is available at www.alapark.com/social-media-directory.

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March 19 - Announcement -

Gov.Kay Ivey has announced that private and public beaches in Alabama close at 5 pm. today. This means that all the beaches at Gulf State Park will be closed. The pier remains open at this time. The campgrounds, trails and other non-beach areas also remain open. More detailed information below.

Beach closure press release

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March 17 - Announcement

Suspensions of cave tours at Cathedral Caverns and Rickwood Caverns State Parks.

Cave tours suspension press release.

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Barring any future notices the Alabama State Parks remain open and are business as usual. Please visit our social media pages and alapark.com to stay informed on any future announcements.
 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Communication
 

The Alabama State Parks system manages public amenities and facilities which are routinely inspected and evaluated by Public Health Department Officials. The Alabama State Parks’ personnel are well trained and experienced in the universal practices and standards for cleaning and sanitation of these public facilities, to include restaurants, lodges, restrooms, cabins, campgrounds and our day use recreational areas.

 

As we continue to provide our routine hospitality services to the public, we are coordinating with Public Health agencies and adopting the most current recommendations on preventative measures for avoidance of transmission of the Coronavirus. Our staff are following the recommended precautions such as hand washing, posting prevention flyers, and increasing our cleaning cycles for public common areas.
The Alabama State Parks system understands the seriousness and fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic locally, nationally and internationally. We fully support efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and remain fully committed to responding to this situation based on the most up-to-date information available from public health authorities.

 

We encourage all park visitors to review information provided by alabamapublichealth.gov as it relates to the virus.