- Associated Press - Saturday, May 1, 2021

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - Observation towers and playgrounds at Wisconsin state parks have reopened, as more restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic are loosening.

The state Department of Natural Resources has also increased capacity to 100 at open-air shelters, amphitheaters, and outdoor group campgrounds as of Friday, WMTV reported.

“Over the course of the past year, we have been closely monitoring the health activities going on and making adjustments to our operations when it’s safe to do so,” said Brian Hefty, Wisconsin State Parks deputy director. “We’ll continue to do that with public safety being the number one priority for us.”

Attendance at state parks has increased 25% so far this year compared to 2020, the DNR said.

Hefty says state park staff will continue to monitor public areas and keep an eye on park capacity limits. If the crowds grow too large, the staff can enact a temporary capacity closure.

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