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Several CT state parks close after reaching full capacity amid social distancing rules

Officials say the closures are temporary, and parks can be expected to re-open the following day. Here's a list of those closed on the Fourth of July.
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HARTFORD, Conn — Despite beautiful weather calling Connecticut residents outdoors to celebrate July 4th, some state parks are already off limits.

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced several parks have reached capacity and will be closed for the day.

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This comes as DEEP implemented lower capacity limits at state parks to keep visitor numbers at a level that can support good social distancing rules.

According to officials, the closures are temporary, and parks closed in this fashion can be expected to re-open the following day.

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Here are the state parks closed so far on Saturday, July 4:

  • Scantic River State Park, Powder Hollow -- Enfield
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park -- Union
  • Rocky Neck State Park -- East Lyme
  • Millers Pond State Park -- Haddam
  • Gardner Lake State Park -- Salem
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park -- Middletown
  • Burr Pond State Park -- Torrington
  • Sherwood Island State Park -- Westport
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park -- Madison
  • Sleeping Giant State Park -- Hamden
  • Silver Sands State Park -- Milford
  • Southford Falls State Park -- Southbury
  • Harkness Memorial State Park -- Waterford
  • Satan’s Kingdom State Park -- New Hartford