BOSTON (AP) — Two organizations that have been providing an outdoor respite for Massachusetts residents feeling cooped up because of the coronavirus pandemic are closing their doors to visitors on Tuesday.

Mass Audubon and the Trustees of Reservations both announced that they are shutting down their outdoor facilities in line with Gov. Charlie Baker’s order requiring all nonessential businesses to close for two weeks and the state Department of Health’s stay-at-home advisory.

“We know how important it is to get out in nature, and there is nothing we like better than seeing people enjoying our trails,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said in a statement. “But the health and safety of the residents of Massachusetts and beyond must take priority.”

He encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors, just close to home.

The Trustees said their agricultural facilities will remain in operation in compliance with state guidelines for the care of animals and the production and distribution of food, but will be closed to visitors.

Mass Audubon operates 60 wildlife sanctuaries across the state, including Broadmoor in Natick and Ipswich River in Topsfield.

The Trustees of Reservations operates dozens of facilities, including Crane Beach in Ipswich and Worlds End in Hingham.

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Comments (2)
  1. Brad says:

    Sorry but this seems like the same mistake the MBTA made when it reduced its schedule. That created crowded trains and buses which is the opposite of what you want. Closing outdoor spaces will also force people seeking safe exercise etc into closer situations and less safe conditions.

  2. Bradley says:

    This this has made me have to go further to the few, now much more crowed, open trails in my town. Makes no sense at all.

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