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Parking lot at state park closed

GRAND HAVEN (AP) — Officials have closed the parking lot at a Michigan state park after crowds of visitors ignored social distancing guidelines designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Grand Haven State Park’s parking lot was shut down on Sunday. Mayor Robert Monetza said the city and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources decided to leave the park open but closed the lots to deter crowds.

“We knew that with the nice weather, it’d get busy and so we just knew we would have to keep an eye on it,” said Monetza.

“We really want people to come visit, but our priority here is public health and safety. That’s number one. If we can get people to stay home or closer to home and come here later when it’s safer, that’s what we’re trying to accomplish,” Monetza said.